New computers harnessing quantum technology are predicted to deliver the next big technology breakthrough. Sounding like something from a sci-fi novel, quantum computing takes advantage of the ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state at any time to deliver computational power millions of times faster than a conventional computer.
There are only a handful of large-scale quantum computers in the world, and one of them is under construction in Brighton at the University of Sussex.
Sebastian Weidt is a senior scientist in the Ion Quantum Technology group at the University of Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies. At this event, he will be talking about how quantum computers may impact society, enabling powerful new drugs to be developed, advanced encryption to be broken and – he says – some of nature’s deepest secrets to be unravelled.
But can this incredible machine really be built? The team at the University of Sussex have recently unveiled the world’s first industrial blueprint for constructing a trapped ion quantum computer. Hear Sebastian attempt to shed some light on how these incredible machines work and discuss how the wider community in Brighton may be able to get involved.
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