Virtual AMO Seminar series beginning April 3, 2020

Quantum information science researchers, Adam Kaufman, Shimon Kolkowitz, and Monika Schleier-Smith are organizing a Virtual AMO Seminar series for this period in which we are all working remotely and cannot travel. The hope is that this will help continue communication of scientific results and maintain community engagement.  The talk series will feature PIs as well as post-docs and graduate students.

Ivan Deutsch will nominate speakers, of both PIs as well as graduate students/post docs for 20 minute talks, on behalf of the CQuIC community.  Please contact Ivan Deutsch if you are interested in being nominated as a speaker during the Virtual AMO Seminar Series.  Please provide a presentation title and abstract for consideration.

Virtual AMO Seminar series

Time: Weekly,  Friday, 1 pm Mountain Daylight Time, beginning Friday, April 3, 2020

Capacity:  Attendance is capped at 300-500 participants on a first come first serve basis. Please connect on time to guarantee your participation.

Meeting Site:  TBD:  Please see the Seminar series website.

Upcoming Seminars:

  • Friday, April 3rd, 2020:

Vladan Vuletić, MIT

“Measurements of Isotope Shifts in Yb+ Search for Dark Matter”

  • Friday, April 10th, 2020:

Waseem Bakr, Princeton University


  • Friday, April 17th, 2020:

Adam Kaufman, JILA/CU/NIST


  • Friday, April 24th, 2020:

Daniel Slichter, NIST


  • Friday, May 1st, 2020:

Jonathan Simon, University of Chicago



22nd Annual SQuInT Workshop in Eugene, Oregon Feb 8-10, 2020

The 22nd Annual SQuInT Workshop took place in Eugene Oregon on February 8 – 10, 2020.  The scientific program was notable with an impressive group of invited speakers including Sergio Boixo and John Martinis from Google, CQuIC alum, Steven Flammia, from U Sydney, as well as Benjamin Brown, U Sydney, Jonathan Home, ETH Zurich, Jungsang Kim, Duke U, Alicia Kollar, U Maryland, Mark Saffman, U Wisconsin, Giulia Semeghini, Harvard U, and Birgitta Whaley, U California, Berkeley.   In addition to the invited talks, there were 35 contributed talks and 110 posters!  CQuIC faculty, Akimasa Miyake teamed with U Oregon faculty, Brian Smith to organize the program.  The venue was organized by Jorjie Arden at the U Oregon.  Thanks Jorjie!  Overall, it was a great meeting with a record-breaking number of attendees: 120 senior and 118 student participants.  The 23rd Annual SQuInT Workshop will take place in Albuquerque, NM in 2021.

Quantum Supremacy Explained at CQuIC Seminar

ECE / P&A Asst Prof Tameem Albash and P&A Asst Prof Elizabeth Crosson co-presented “What is quantum supremacy and did Google do it?” at the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) Seminar on November 21 to give the general scientific community a slightly deeper exposition of the subject matter. Attendees represented multiple disciplines in the UNM community. The presenters put into context the significance of Google’s milestone of showing that a quantum computer can perform a task faster and more efficiently than the current fastest supercomputer. Crosson and Albash noted the work of other research groups that are following on the heels of Google’s announcement and trying to find ways to improve the computational time for supercomputers.

The focus of this seminar is a recently published paper by The Google Quantum AI team in Nature.

“Neither Elizabeth nor I are co-authors on this work,” said Albash. “However the work is rather important and has garnered a lot of press and we believed it would be both useful and fun to give the general scientific community a slightly deeper exposition of the subject matter.”

The Google Quantum AI team has recently published their work [Nature 574, 505–510 (2019)] detailing their demonstration of quantum supremacy on their 53 qubit ‘Sycamore’ processor, heralding (perhaps) a new era in quantum computing. But what is ‘quantum supremacy’, did Google actually achieve it, and what are the implications of this demonstration?

See the video (UNM NetID login required):

What is quantum supremacy and did Google do it?

Welcome Visiting Academic Scholar, Marco Rodriguez Garcia

CQuIC welcomes Marco Rodriguez Garcia, Visiting Academic Scholar from Universidad Nacional Autonoma Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. Marco is a graduate student of Pablo Barberis-Blostein. The Barberis-Blostein group studies quantum metrology, quantum optics, and some topics of quantum information. Marco has been selected to receive a scholarship from El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia – – CONAYCT (The National Council for Science and Technology). As a doctoral student under this program, Marco is encouraged to spend time at a foreign host institution. Marco is here at CQuIC to work with the Deutsch group until July 31, 2020. Marco looks forward to collaborating with CQuIC faculty, postdocs and graduate students to expand his knowledge in the area of quantum information science. Marco hopes to see the Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico as well as visit the nearby mountains.