ONR Distinguished Lecture Series:
"Beyond electronics: abandoning perfection for quantum technologies"
Professor David Awschalom
Liew Family Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
Our technological preference for perfection can only lead us so far: as traditional transistor-based electronics rapidly approach the atomic scale, small amounts of disorder begin to have outsized negative effects. Surprisingly, one of the most promising pathways out of this conundrum may emerge from recent efforts to embrace defects and construct 'quantum machines’ to enable new information technologies based on the quantum nature of the electron. Recently, individual defects in materials have attracted interest as they possess an electronic spin state that can be employed as a solid state quantum bit at and above room temperature. Research at the frontiers of this field includes creating, manipulating, and entangling these unusual states in a new generation of nanometer-scale structures. We describe recent developments that have launched technological efforts aimed at applications ranging from secure data encryption to quantum communication and radical improvements in computation speed and complexity.
This event is now closed. Watch a video of Professor Awschalom's lecture.
When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Office of Naval Research
Bobby Junker Executive Conference Center
14th Floor, One Liberty Center
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203
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About Professor David Awschalom
David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Before arriving in Chicago, he was the Director of
the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California – Santa Barbara. He works in the emerging fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering, where his students develop new methods to explore and control the quantum states of individual electrons and nuclei. Professor Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.