The Quantum Pontiff

sSQUINT Conference

On President’s day I attended the sSQUINT followup conference to SQUINT 2008. sSQUINT? Never heard of it? Neither had I. But when I learned that the “s” stood for “ski” (or maybe “snowboard”) and that some of my fellow quantum informationers would be trekking to Wolf Creek Ski Area, well I had to submit a paper. Mine paper was about mogul formation as a self-organizing system. Another paper was on the ski bum as an outcast and iconoclast. Much to our delight the weather gods gave us some beautiful blue southern Colorado sunshine. For your delight, pictures below.

One quantum information theorist off the rock,
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A second quantum information theorist off the rock,
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And a third quantum information experimentalist/theorist off the rock,
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This is the arm of a daring jump off Knife Ridge,
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You can’t see it in that picture, but my ski is somewhere near that arm. Rental equipment cranked to the full just ain’t up to double blacks! Finally, our group involved outreach to under-represented people, like snowboarders, shown here in full rarely witnessed grace
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Comments

  1. #1 JohnQPublic
    February 19, 2008
  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    February 19, 2008

    Only if you don’t care about RSA, chemistry, and physics :)

  3. #3 mick
    February 19, 2008

    I. AM. JEALOUS!

  4. #4 mick
    February 19, 2008

    Oh, and I’m jealous of the skiing not the Slashdot stoushing.

    Why is it that every time I read Slashdot I feel sick inside?

  5. #5 JohnQPublic
    February 19, 2008

    Obviously, I’m teasing. But RSA the encryption algorithm? That’s already being done with classical computing (which I know you know). What’s the real promise then? Faster RSA? Or I can crack it without the private key?

  6. #6 Dave Bacon
    February 19, 2008

    I meant breaking RSA :) Quantum computers break RSA.

  7. #7 JohnQPublic
    February 20, 2008

    I take it that also applies to TDEA, too.

  8. #8 Dave Bacon
    February 20, 2008

    You mean TDES? No, I think ciphers aren’t much more susceptable to quantum attack than classical attack (their recent record, however, leaves much to be desired :) )

  9. #9 JohnQPublic
    February 21, 2008

    TDEA refers to the algorithm itself. But, yes, triple DES. I was curious why specifically RSA and not ciphers in general.

  10. #10 JM Geremia
    February 22, 2008

    SQuInT can now legally be called, “healthy.”

  11. #11 JohnQPublic
    February 26, 2008

    Question: in your research efforts, have you ever successfully cracked an RSA encrypted message with quantum computing?

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