Getting into research Quantum computing

In summary, the individual is a sophomore undergrad at the University of Reno and is interested in researching quantum computing. However, there are currently no professors at their school who research this topic. They plan to take relevant courses and self-study over the summer to prepare for researching in the fall. The individual is seeking advice on what courses or subjects they should know before delving into this field. They are also advised to start with a related topic and build a background before attempting to research quantum computing.
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I wanted to get into research and so far it seems like a fairly easy process. I want to delve into the world of quantum computing, but unfortunately there are currently no professors at my school who research that topic. So I wanted to start my own research team with a professor and find a way to create a working quantum computer.

I am currently a sophomore undergrad at the University of Reno. Unfortunately there are no classes that discuss such matters. I'm afraid that I do not currently posses the knowledge to start researching such a subject.

Next semester I will take quantum I and solid state physics. Over the summer I will try to teach myself quantum II and read all of the lectures concerning quantum computing posted by universities such as Berkeley and such. I want to start researching as of Fall 2010.

Please give my some suggestions as to what courses or subjects I should know before I hit uncharted ground in respects to Quantum Computing. Since I will be the only one doing this at my school I will have to know all the background material that a professor conducting this type of research would need to know. If you also have any other advice regarding research please let me know.
 
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It is a risky and difficult field.

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but without an expert who is on the top of the field, it'd be very hard to get attention, especially at your stage.

Why don't you start off with something close, like Solid State, or Quantum Mechanics, and make your plans accordingly for the future...?

To hit uncharted territory in Quantum, you must be an expert in quantum mechanics, cryptography, number theory, complex analysis, differential equations, and what not. Plus you'd need to be able to filter out what's worth researching and what's not (which is usually much more difficult than simply covering the material).

Be patient, start reading, building a background, you have all your life ahead of you. And for research, do something that could be FRUITFUL... considering your resources.

Investing the same amount of energy and motivation to something more reasonable (where you can find experts in YOUR school) you can triple your chances of getting into a good graduate school which would give you some freedom on your future ambitions.
 
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First of all, congratulations on taking the initiative to start your own research team and delve into the world of quantum computing. It is a very exciting and rapidly advancing field that has the potential to revolutionize technology in the future.

As you mentioned, it can be challenging to start researching a topic that is not currently being studied at your university. However, this also presents a unique opportunity for you to take the lead and pave the way for further research in this area. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

1. Build a strong foundation in quantum mechanics and computer science: Before diving into quantum computing, it is important to have a solid understanding of the principles of quantum mechanics and computer science. Make sure you have a strong grasp of topics such as linear algebra, probability theory, and quantum algorithms.

2. Take relevant courses or attend workshops: Even though your university may not offer specific courses on quantum computing, you can still gain knowledge and skills through related courses such as quantum mechanics, computer science, or even cryptography. You can also attend workshops or conferences related to quantum computing to learn from experts in the field.

3. Collaborate with other universities or research institutions: Reach out to researchers at other universities or research institutions who are working on quantum computing. Collaborating with them can provide you with valuable insights and guidance as you embark on your research journey.

4. Utilize online resources: In addition to the lectures from universities, there are also many online resources such as tutorials, articles, and research papers that can help you gain a deeper understanding of quantum computing.

5. Seek out a mentor: It can be beneficial to find a mentor who is knowledgeable and experienced in quantum computing. They can offer guidance, advice, and support as you navigate through your research.

Overall, it is important to have a strong foundation in relevant subjects, collaborate with others, and continuously seek out new knowledge and resources in order to conduct successful research in quantum computing. I wish you the best of luck in your research journey and encourage you to never stop learning and exploring new possibilities in this exciting field.
 

Related to Getting into research Quantum computing

What is quantum computing?

Quantum computing is a field of study that uses principles from quantum mechanics to process information and solve complex problems. It differs from classical computing in that it uses quantum bits, or qubits, which can exist in multiple states at the same time and can therefore perform computations much faster than classical bits.

Why is quantum computing important?

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize various industries and fields, including cryptography, drug discovery, and artificial intelligence. It has the ability to solve complex problems that are currently beyond the capabilities of classical computers, leading to advancements in technology and science.

What are the qualifications for getting into quantum computing research?

To get into quantum computing research, one typically needs a strong background in mathematics, computer science, and physics. A graduate degree in a related field, such as quantum physics or quantum computing, is also preferred. In addition, experience with programming languages and knowledge of quantum algorithms and quantum hardware is beneficial.

How do I get started in quantum computing research?

The first step in getting started in quantum computing research is to gain a strong understanding of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and computing. This can be achieved through self-study or by taking courses in these subjects. It is also important to familiarize oneself with current research and developments in the field and to network with professionals in the industry.

What are some resources for learning about quantum computing research?

There are many online resources available for learning about quantum computing research, including websites, blogs, and online courses. Some recommended resources include the Quantum Computing Report, Quantum Computing Stack Exchange, and courses on platforms like Coursera and edX. Attending conferences and workshops can also provide valuable insights and opportunities to network with experts in the field.

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