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Public Talk: Black Holes and Quantum Computers

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A quantum computer makes use of the quantum states of subatomic particles to store and process information. Remarkably, black holes can help us understand how a quantum computer might work: black holes are believed to be the most efficient quantum computers than can exist in nature. In this talk we will explain what black holes might teach us about quantum computing and conversely what quantum theory implies about the fundamental properties of black holes.

Speaker Biography: Professor Marika Taylor received her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Hawking from the University of Cambridge. Following postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Utrecht, she spent ten years as a faculty member of the University of Amsterdam. She is a Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the 2008 Minerva Prize. In 2012 she moved back to the UK to establish a new research centre in astronomy and particle physics at the University of Southampton, where she is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Deputy Head of the School Mathematical Sciences.

This event is held as part of the Irish Quantum Foundations meeting in Trinity College Dublin with support from the Institute of Physics, Ireland.

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