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    Graduate students, postdocs must apply by March 31, 2017, for two-week program featuring leaders in Quantum Computing science and technology.

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    Ion qubit modules (small cubes on left) can be linked using photonic interconnects. A switch, depicted here as the large cube on right, would contain microelectromechanical mirrors to change connections between any arbitrary pair of modules. Illustration, Emily Edwards, Joint Quantum Institute and University of Maryland.

    The Quantum Science Summer School (QS3), a program jointly organized by MIT, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University and Pennsylvania State University, kicks off this summer with its initial two-week session focused on “Fundamentals and Applications of Quantum Computing.”

    The program will be held from June 5 to 16, 2017, on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore, Md. Jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, QS3 is open to qualified graduate students and postdoctoral associates with a maximum of 40 participants. Accepted participants will be awarded round-trip travel within the U.S. and attendance expenses. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

    “A summer school is a great opportunity for students to get in-depth exposure to new concepts and also to have extended interactions with leaders in the field as well as their peers,” says MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Joseph G. Checkelsky, who is one of the program organizers. “It’s an opportunity to develop a solid foundation in both the theoretical and experimental understanding in a setting that bridges the gap between classroom teaching and a research seminar.”

    Just as the understanding of quantum mechanics in the early 1900s unleashed a wave of new science and technology from the laser to the transistor, science now appears poised for a second quantum revolution with breakthroughs in computing, communications, energy and other fields. “A critical component of this development is the education of the next generation of scientists in the principles, methods, and goals of this rapidly expanding field. There is a challenge here given the breadth of disciplines brought together in this area – reaching across mathematics, chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering. An educational program that helps to address this challenge is a step towards the work in computing, telecommunications, and new energy technologies that will shape the 21st century,” Checkelsky says. Checkelsky previously served as co-organizer for the Boulder Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Summer School.

    QS3 presentations are geared towards building up participants’ basic knowledge towards the cutting edge. “We’ve tried to prepare this school with all the necessary pieces,” he says. “Some aspects will touch on a student’s particular expertise, but they will undoubtedly also have broader exposure and a chance to learn something about the other sub-disciplines that are related to quantum science and quantum computing. That can be an invigorating educational experience, particularly as part of a focused summer school.”


    The lecture-based program will include talks by:

    Jason Alicea, professor of theoretical physics, Caltech.
    Alán Aspuru-Guzik, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard.
    Danna Freedman, assistant professor of chemistry, Northwestern.
    Steven Girvin, deputy provost for science and technology and Eugene Higgins professor of physics and applied physics, Yale.
    John M. Martinis, Quantum Artificial Intelligence team, Google, & professor of condensed matter experimental physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Douglas T. McClure, research staff member, experimental quantum computing, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
    Christopher Monroe, distinguished university professor and Bice Seci-Zorn professor of physics, University of Maryland.
    Scott D. Pakin, scientist, Programming Models team, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    David S. Weiss, associate head for research and professor of physics, Pennsylvania State University.

    The NSF/DOE Quantum Science Summer School is dedicated to educating graduate students and postdocs in the fields of condensed matter physics, materials science, and quantum science and their applications to new technologies in academic and industrial contexts.

    Program organizers are: Joe Checkelsky, assistant professor of physics, MIT; Natalia Drichko, associate research scientist, physics and astronomy, Johns Hopkins University; Lawrence C. (1944) and Sarah W. Biedenharn Career Development Assistant Professor Liang Fu, MIT; Kyle Shen, associate professor of physics, Cornell Universit y; and Jun Zhu, associate professor of physics, Pennsylvania State University. The site of future summer programs will rotate.

    – Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Centerback to newsletter
    March 21, 2017

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