Carlton M. Caves, University of New Mexico
Quantum Information and Quantum Computation, or Why Quantum Mechanics Is Good for You
Physics Division Colloquium - 12 Nov 1999

Recent advances in quantum information science presage a technological revolution. Heretofore scientists and engineers have designed information-processing systems which, though they use quantum structures, perform information-processing tasks that can be formulated and described in the language of classical physics. Now rapid advances in nanotechnology are providing access to smaller and smaller information-processing units. Quantum information science has shown that what lies at these smaller scales is not just a tiny version of classical information processing, but rather a whole new world of truly quantum-mechanical information processing based on coherent quantum dynamics. I will discuss developments in quantum information science and prospects for the future.

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