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Atomic Physics Seminar
The Quantum Computer Game: Democratic Science and Game Based Learning
Date: Thursday, June 14th
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: Prof. Jacob Sherson, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Abstract: Online community-based efforts such as Wikipedia have revolutionized the availability of information during the past decade and fundamentally reshaped our society. The coming decade may bring a similar revolution to scientific research by enabling users of the internet to participate in actual scientific endeavors. This democratized research has been pioneered by efforts such as SETI@Home and the science game Fold.It.

We expand this approach by developing an online-computer game, in which players assist in solving one of the high-profile technical challenges of the 21st century: the creation of a quantum computer, which will be able to outcompete all conventional computers combined at certain tasks. Specifically, the players will get a chance to participate in the search for robust gates in an architecture based on an optical tweezer manipulating individual atoms in an optical lattice. I will furthermore describe our effort to adapt the game approach to science education in high schools and higher education.

Finally, I will briefly describe recent experimental progress towards quantum control of the many-body state of ultra-cold atoms using non-destructive measurements and feedback.
Host: Saffman
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