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Quantum annealing

Prof. Dr. Matthias Troyer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Datum:  21.10.2013 17:15 Uhr – 18:30 Uhr

Ort: Hörsaal H 030, Fakultät für Physik der LMU, Schellingstr. 4, München

Quantum annealing combines the neolithic technology of slow thermal cooling with quantum mechanical tunneling, to bring a physical system faster towards its ground state. The Canadian company D-Wave systems has recently built and sold programmable quantum annealing devices using this effect to find solutions to hard optimization problems. I will present results of experiments designed to answer the crucial questions about these controversial devices: are they quantum or classical? And are they faster than classical devices?