The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for September, 2009

Quantum Computing in the TR35

Congrats to Andrew Houcke for being selected as one of MIT Technology Reviews 2009 Young Innovators under 35. Houcke has been one the leading experimentalists in superconducting qubits, in particular doing pioneering work in circuit quantum electrodynamics. News article from Princeton: Andrew Houck, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and a past Princeton valedictorian, was…

The Most Depressing Results in Physics

I’m a pretty optimistic guy. Okay, I’m a really optimistic guy. But even my optimism has its limits when bashing up against the cold hard reality of what experiments plus our understanding of the laws of physics tells us about the universe. Here are my top three most depressing facts about the universe coming from…

Puzzle for the Day

How do you build a computer out of fire? (Motivated by the observation that if you take three pieces of string and tie them together at a single point, you can make an OR gate. If we denote the presence of fire on a string as a 1 and the absence of fire as a…

At least three postdoc positions at the University of New Mexico and the University of Arizona’s “Center for Quantum Information and Control.” Here is a pdf ad for the positions. The Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) is seeking to hire at least three postdoctoral fellows over the next year. CQuIC has research nodes…

Zurich Trip Report 8/27/09 – 9/1/09

Trip to Zurich for 8th Symposium on Topological Quantum Computing, Zurich 29th-31st August 2009.