All you need to know about… Quantum Computing
Have you heard of quantum computing? Probably. Do you know what quantum computing is? Probably not. Learn all you need to know during our short online lecture by prof.dr.ir. Ronald Hanson! (English / Certificate*)
Time: 16:00-17:00 hrs.
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Quantum mechanics, entanglement, quantum supremacy; chances are that you have heard a grey-haired scientist try to explain these topics on tv at some point. Or perhaps you've seen a short informational video on YouTube, using drawings to illustrate spinning particles and some unfortunate cat in a box somewhere. After about ten minutes of moderate to high mental exertion, you gave up. Some topics are just too difficult to understand without a degree in Theoretical Physics, right? WRONG!
Quantum computing is, simply put, using a very sophisticated tool to calculate very specific problems that require a level of processing that is not feasible for a classical computer. They may not lead to breakthroughs in personal technology, but they could revolutionize the world of computing. Without the efficiency that quantum computing brings, we could be running out of power to keep all of our machines running by the year 2040. It is no coincidence that big tech companies like Google and IBM are racing to increase their quantum computing power, spending billions along the way. But what exactly are they trying to achieve? How does quantum computing work, and how is it so much more efficient than classical computing?
Prof.dr.ir. Ronald Hanson is a principal investigator at QuTech and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor at Delft University of Technology.
In the coming years he aims to build on the promising achievements of his research group to demonstrate the fundamentals of a future quantum internet, with a rudimentary network planned between several cities in the Netherlands.
In 2019 he received the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. He has been elected member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He was also elected as fellow of the American Physical Society.