Faculty Forum Looks at Quantum Mechanics

“Quantum Mechanics: What is it Good For?”
Michael Goggin, professor of physics
7 p.m.
Feb. 6
Magruder Hall 1000

Presentation abstract: Quantum mechanics is notorious for being weird and non-intuitive. It is perhaps surprising then that it is also a powerful tool. A quantum computer has the potential to solve problems that are beyond the capability of any classical computer that could be built. Quantum cryptography is a method for encoding messages in such a way that is, in principle, unbreakable. Both of these technological advances take advantage of the “weirdness” of quantum phenomena.

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