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Posted: August 11, 2009
Toronto hosts quantum info and quantum control conference
(Nanowerk News) The University of Toronto will host the world's leading scientists in physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics to review major advances in quantum information and quantum control during a conference running August 24 – 27.
"Future developments in the field of quantum computing and quantum control are eagerly anticipated. This is a rare opportunity to bring the best minds together to share the latest research and insights," says Daniel James, director of the University of Toronto's Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control. Quantum Information is a revolutionary approach to computing and communication which exploits the phenomena of quantum mechanics – the fundamental theory of nature at is most basic, sub-atomic level – to vastly enhance the capabilities of today's computers and internet communication.
The conference will also mark the inauguration of the biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for research on fundamental issues in quantum mechanics and their application. The prize is named for the late John Bell, whose insight has changed our view of reality. The first recipient is Professor Nicolas Gisin of Geneva, who is being recognized for his theoretical and experimental work on foundations and applications of quantum physics. The Bell Prize will be presented by Alain Aspect, whose famous experiments on Bell's Inequalities ushered in the quantum age, in a public ceremony on August 25, 10 a.m., Room 102, McLennan Physics Labs. Following the award presentation, Prof Gisin will deliver a public lecture on "Quantum Nonlocality: How did Nature perform the trick ?!?".