Quantum Computing Materials Challenges

August 27 - 29, 2018


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This workshop is made possible with support from the National Science Foundation and the Julian Schwinger Foundation for Physics Research.

Materials that behave as quantum bits (qubits) will be the quantum chips that underlie a future quantum economy.  Currently, a variety of materials have been proposed as qubit materials ranging from topological phases of matter to nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond.  Advancing the understanding and prediction of qubit materials is essential to the second quantum revolution centering on quantum computing.  This three-day workshop will explore the mathematical modeling of materials for quantum computing by bringing together people from the materials modeling and simulation and quantum computing communities.  The goal is to identify the grand challenges and propose possible solutions in the modeling and simulation of qubit materials and quantum devices for the engineering of a large-scale useful quantum computer.

The meeting will bring together mathematicians and scientists working on a wide spectrum of topics related to materials modeling and simulation of qubit materials.  Speakers will present the fundamental concepts underlying the particular mathematical/scientific focus of the talk to stimulate active discussion and possible collaboration.

Organizing Committee

Motoko Kotani (Tohoku University, Mathematics)
Mitchell Luskin (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Mathematics)
Noa Marom (Carnegie Mellon University, Materials Science and Engineering)
Matthias Troyer (Microsoft Research)
Zhenghan Wang (Microsoft Research, Microsoft Station Q)