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CANCELED - Exotic Phases of Matter - Fellows Colloquium

Dear Beach Alumni, Friends, Fellows Members and Community Supporters:

As you may have heard, CSULB has suspended the in-person, on-campus convening of classes. While there are no cases of COVID-19 connected to our campus (as of this posting), we are following the trusted advice of public health officials and taking preventative steps to better protect the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

As a result, we have decided to postpone the Spring Fellows Colloquium out of an abundance of caution and as a proactive action in support of social distancing in order to keep our campus, alumni, and greater community safe.

Look for an exciting new Fellows Colloquium in the Fall. Until then, be well and Go Beach!


Exotic Phases of Matter - The Promise of Quantum Computing

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that some computational tasks could be done exponentially faster by exploiting the power of quantum physics. Tasks like searching for a needle (a number) in a haystack, factoring huge integers into their prime factors, and designing life-saving drugs from atoms on up. A couple of those seemingly innocent tasks are also intimately connected to cryptography, security, and potentially espionage.

So, nearly 40 years later, why aren't "quantum computers" everywhere? It turns out that maintaining the fragile quantum mechanical nature of the quantum computer long enough to complete the task remains the biggest challenge.

Join us as Dr. Peterson discusses how leveraging exotic phases of matter – nanotechnology, materials science, mathematics, and quantum mechanics – has pushed science right to the edge of realizing Feynman's dream.

About the Presenter

Dr. Michael Peterson

Dr. Michael Peterson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. in Physics from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his postdoctoral training at UC Santa Cruz, the University of Maryland at College Park, and UC Santa Barbara before joining CSULB in 2011.

His research interests focus on strongly interacting electron systems under extreme quantum mechanical conditions in which exotic topologically ordered phases of matter emerge with applications to fault tolerant quantum computers. Dr. Peterson's research has been supported by grants from NSF and CSULB.