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Where do these fields overlap (if at all) and where do they differ?

If one was doing Nanotechnology at the graduate level with a BSc in physics behind them, what kinds of courses would one be taking? What about for Quantum Computing?
 
I asked my physics advisor the same thing at the beginning of the school year. Quantum computing is a broad field, there's the mathematics and theoretical computer science to it, the physics of course, and much more. Where nanotechnology and QC overlap is the area where the attempts to "build" ones occur. The progress in that area, I do not know.
 

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Tony11235 said:
Quantum computing is a broad field,
I would not say that. QC is the implementation of the principles of QM into software programming. Check out John Preskill's webpage for more info on this

Where nanotechnology and QC overlap is the area where the attempts to "build" ones occur. The progress in that area, I do not know.
Nanotechnology and QC do not overlap. Nanotechnology is just another name for quantum many body physics/chemistry on the micro/nano-distance scale.

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marlon said:
I would not say that. QC is the implementation of the principles of QM into software programming.
The main goal of quantum computing may not be broad, but if somebody says that their research is quantum computing, that doesn't tell you much about what exactly it is they are researching. The field of quantum computing consists of many areas. You can't disagree with that.
 

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Tony11235 said:
The field of quantum computing consists of many areas.
Name me five such areas, please.

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Name me five such areas, please.
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Easy!

quantum algorithms
quantum information theory
quantum cryptography
quantum error-correcting codes
quantum teleportation (tangentially)

Or, if you're an experimentalist:

Trapped ion qubits
NMR qubits
Exciton qubits
Optical cavity qubits
Cavity QED qubits

:cool:
 

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rachmaninoff said:
Easy!
quantum algorithms
quantum information theory
quantum cryptography
quantum error-correcting codes
quantum Teleportation (tangentially)
:rolleyes: Typical...

I am sorry but this is all dual. QIT is about cryptography and so on...and on...and on...

When one speaks of QM, one does not address each single topic of QM separately.

All the things you mentioned are QM, "point final"...
Just check out how John Preskill's course is constructed and you will se why all these topics are "dual" to one and other.


Or, if you're an experimentalist:
Trapped ion qubits
NMR qubits
Exciton qubits
Optical cavity qubits
Cavity QED qubits
:cool:
This is just QM, well many body QM to be exact.

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QED is just QM?

Anyway, I listed five experimental approaches to qubits - afaik they pretty much don't intersect at all, they're five orthogonal subfields. If they're "just QM", then so is all of condensed matter theory.
 
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marlon said:
Just check out how John Preskill's course is constructed and you will se why all these topics are "dual" to one and other.
Great link, thanks!
 

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rachmaninoff said:
QED is just QM?
When did i ever say that ?

Anyway, I listed five experimental approaches to qubits - afaik they pretty much don't intersect at all,
this is really not true. Error correction is constantly used in encryption and well, the quantum algorithms are the basic ingredient of error correction, encryption,...I mean, we are dealing with "software" here. Do not forget that.

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marlon said:
When did i ever say that ?
marlon said:
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Exciton qubits
Optical cavity qubits
Cavity QED qubits
This is just QM.
this is really not true. Error correction is constantly used in encryption and well, the quantum algorithms are the basic ingredient of error correction, encryption,...I mean, we are dealing with "software" here. Do not forget that.
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Yeah, but I was referring to the experimental part - the NMR vs. Ion trap vs. optical cavity... they're all different experimental groups, and I doubt they corroborate much.

Though apparently you're right about the theory part, it's essentially a single field.
 

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rachmaninoff said:
Yeah, but I was referring to the experimental part - the NMR vs. Ion trap vs. optical cavity... they're all different experimental groups, and I doubt they corroborate much.
You were ? Than you should have been more clear. Anyhow, NMR has nothing to do with quantum information technology. It is a technique that might be used for the practical implementation of some of the QIT aspects (encryption, entanglement,...). The same story holds for all the rest.

Also, i never said that QED is QM or something of that nature. All i ever said was that the theory behind your second list comes from many body physics (of which condensed matter is a subfield).

Besides, if you are talking about "cavity QED qubits" you should be very sure what this is about. I means i could ask you these two questions :

1) The epitheton "QED" implies that you need QED in this case. Hence one can no longer talk about quantum information technology, since this field is defined as the implementation of QM into software algorithm development (again i refer to John Preskill's webpage for this).

2) Why exactly do you need QED here ? Why no ordinary QM many body physics ? Or is it that you do not really need QED, but QED is "just" a part of the name ?

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I don't actually know any QED (:frown:), but I believe the cavity QED qubit involves an atom strongly coupled to a photon in an optical cavity, or something, so yes QED is needed.

NMR has nothing to do with quantum information theory, but if you're talking about quantum computing - which is a practical thing, not the same as theoretical computer science - then it has everything to do with that. The group that implemented Deutsch's algorithm a few years ago, they were using NMR.

But this is getting semantical...
 

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rachmaninoff said:
NMR has nothing to do with quantum information theory, but if you're talking about quantum computing - which is a practical thing, not the same as theoretical computer science - then it has everything to do with that.
Yes but this is my point. It is a technique that is used in QIT, but it is NOT a result of QIT. That is the big difference i am trying to illustrate here.

The group that implemented Deutsch's algorithm a few years ago, they were using NMR.
Again, Deutsch's problem is a direct result from coming from QIT (ie the implementation of QM-principles in actual algortihms) but NMR is just used here as an experimental technique. NMR itself is a QM's thing.

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To clarify: the original post used the words "quantum computing", so I assumed the topic was the most general one, inclusive of the pragmatic, experimental stuff. Regarding QIT, we seem to agree about what it means.

[/semantics war]
 

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rachmaninoff said:
To clarify: the original post used the words "quantum computing", so I assumed the topic was the most general one, inclusive of the pragmatic, experimental stuff. Regarding QIT, we seem to agree about what it means.

[/semantics war]
<semantics war>

Request for clarification : what does the content of your above post has got to do with our discussion ?

marlon

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<semantics war>

I wasn't talking about NMR in general, I was referring to the use of NMR and radio-pulses to experimentally implement some aspects of quantum computing. The use of nuclear spin qubits in NMR is a significant research area in (experimental) quantum computing. At the same time, you were talking about quantum information theory, which is... information theory (with QM). The disconnect was that I thought you thought NMR qcomputing wasn't important, and you thought I thought NMR was somehow a theoretical aspect of quantum information. Hence this ongoing semantics war.

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A computer does computation. It's an physical implementation of certain information-theoretic abstractions. But "computation" != "information theory".
 
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marlon said:
Nanotechnology and QC do not overlap. Nanotechnology is just another name for quantum many body physics/chemistry on the micro/nano-distance scale.
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marlon
Doesn't quantum computing require working at the atomic level for quantum effects? Is this not "nano"?
 

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