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Boise State University Department of Physics

Spring 2017 Physics Seminars   

Friday, February 17, 2017   – 1:30–2:30 pm in MP108

Bernard Yurke, Ph.D.,  Research Professor, Materials Science & Engineering & Electrical and Computer Engineering  at Boise State University

“Could dye molecules provide a path to quantum computation

ABSTRACT:  Starting with a discussion of interference effects at optical beam splitters, I will describe a scheme for optical quantum computation.  The lack of an optical element, called a nonlinear Kerr medium, with a sufficiently strong nonlinearity has prevented this quantum computation scheme from being realized.  I will describe how an implementation of this computation scheme might be realized in which excitons undergoing a quantum walk from molecule to molecule on networks of dye molecules carry out quantum computation.

BIO:  Bernard Yurke did his first two years of undergraduate work at Boise State University, back when it was Boise State College.  He received his BS and MA degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1982 he received his Ph.D. from Cornell University for experimental work in low-temperature physics.  As a research physicist at Bell Laboratories he worked in variety of fields, including quantum optics, condensed matter, biophysics, and MEMS.  He became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received the Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America for his work in quantum optics, the Tulip Award from the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computing and Engineering for his work in DNA nanotechnology, and the Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering.  He is now a Distinguished Research Fellow at Boise State University.  His current research interests include DNA-based nanodevices and materials.

Date Speaker Affiliation Title
Friday, February 03, Denise Stephens, Ph.D. Brigham Young University Brown Dwarfs
Friday, February 17, Bernard Yurke, Ph.D. Boise State University Could dye molecules provide a path to quantum computation?
Friday, March 03, Kaloyan Penev Princeton University Transiting Planets
Friday, April 07, Rory Barnes, Ph.D. University of Washington TBA