Somma Group

Quantum Computing

The main goal of quantum computing is to design novel methods, founded on the laws of quantum mechanics, for faster problem solving.  Quantum computing is the area of study focused on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature and behavior of energy and matter on the quantum (atomic and subatomic) level. Development of a quantum computer, if practical, would mark a leap forward in computing capability far greater than that of the modern day supercomputer, with performance gains in the billion-fold realm and beyond. The quantum computer, following the laws of quantum physics, would gain enormous processing power through the ability to be in multiple states, and to perform tasks using all possible permutations simultaneously.

Group Leader:  Rolando Somma
Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Affiliate Researcher, New Mexico Consortium
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico
Research interests: quantum information, condensed matter theory, statistical physics, discrete optimization