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Which degree for Quantum Computing?

  1. Sep 18, 2012 #1
    I am currently majoring in Electrical Engineering with a deep interest in quantum computing and quantum cryptography, the former being my greater passion. I'm certain that most, if not all, of those working in the field of quantum computing have at least a PhD in Physics. The same goes for quantum cryptography. But as these technologies are advancing to greater proportions and QKD experiments proving themselves time and time again (companies like Id Quantique already have quantum encryption techniques), I feel like in 10 or so years the development in these fields will be more involved with practicality rather than theory. I may definitely be wrong in saying that, however, if this is true then I want to ask -- will Electrical Engineering be applicable to these two technologies? (And when I say "applicable" I mean being able to design/test/prototype such systems.) Or will the development of those technologies be in the hands of those with Physics degrees? I know my EE background itself won't be enough, but I plan on self-learning all that I can about quantum computing/cryptography using whatever resources I have. In fact, I have already started. So what do you guys think? Will EE majors like myself be of any good use for quantum computing or cryptography?
    Any insight would be great=)
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  3. Sep 18, 2012 #2
    From what little I know about the subjects, it seems likely that EEs will play a role... I mean the computer is going to have an on/off switch, so you know there is going to be an EE involved, haha. There will probably always be non-quantum electrical interfacing with the parts that do the quantum stuff.

    But I doubt that role will extend into the quantum workings of the machine - that is surely the realm of physics, so I doubt EE peeps will be designing the quantum aspects of the system.
  4. Sep 19, 2012 #3
    I've written a fairly large answer in another thread a while ago.

    Link: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=616085
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