Philosophical Society of Washington

The David Franklin Bleil Memorial Lecture in Physics

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance-based Quantum Computing

Karen Sauer
George Mason University

2191st Meeting Abstract
Friday, April 8, 2005 at 8:15 PM


Quantum computing offers the hope of solving problems that are beyond the capability of conventional computers by exploiting the enormous parallelism latent at the quantum level. By encoding information onto the quantum states of nuclei, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) can provide a testbed in which to experiment with physical implementations of quantum computing. This talk will present the basic physical principles underlying NMR and explain how NMR could be used to realize a physical quantum computer. The potential as well as limitations of NMR-based techniques for quantum computing will also be discussed.

Karen L. Sauer

About the Author:

Karen L. Sauer received the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Physics in 1992 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She pursued graduate studies in Physics at Princeton University in New Jersey, where she received the Ph.D. degree in 1998 for work on laser-polarized liquid xenon in the Atomic Physics group. She was a Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Fellow at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France from 1998–2000 working on dipolar field effects in highly magnetized fluids with the Quantum Fluids group at Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel. From 2000–2002 she was an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., working on three-frequency nuclear quadrupole resonance. In September 2002 she joined the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She received an NSF ADVANCE award in 2002. Her main research interests lie in experimental atomic and molecular physics, with an emphasis on magnetic resonance phenomena.

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