Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics (INPA) at LBNL

The INPA Seminar weekly talks are on Fridays, starting at 12:00 pm, unless informed otherwise. The seminar talk starts with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically, the talks conclude by 1:00 pm. The seminars are held in the Sessler Conference Room,  located in Bldg. 50A- 5132.

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The seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics (INPA) is tentative and becomes final a few days before the Friday talk.

Please send all suggestions for future INPA talks and speakers to the INPA Committee.

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Speaker: Jan Balewski (LBL/NERSC) Title: Programming Today’s Quantum Computers

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Date:  Friday, February 23, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Sessler Conference Room–50A-5132 [Hybrid and In-Person]

Speaker: Jan Balewski (LBL/NERSC)

Title: Programming Today’s Quantum Computers

Abstract: As the field of quantum computing continues to advance, cloud-based access to Quantum Computing Units (QPUs) is expanding research capabilities. This seminar outlines the current state of commercial quantum processors, including transmon-based systems from IBM, trapped ion processors by Quantinuum, and neutral atom platforms from QuEra.
The potential applications of quantum computing in addressing certain scientific domains are explored, including understanding gravitational phenomena and energy levels in chemical molecules. An introductory overview of quantum algorithms will be provided, with focus on demonstrating their capability for efficient sequenced data storage on a logarithmically small number of qubits. Results obtained from selected real quantum hardware will be presented, highlighting advancements in image processing and DNA sequence analysis. Additionally, an innovative approach for identifying low-energy states in large crystalline structures through the adiabatic evolution of a linear 58-spin Ising model will be discussed.
This seminar aims to introduce basic ideas behind theoretical quantum computing advancements and their practical scientific applications, offering insights into how quantum technologies can be utilized in contemporary research. It also sets the stage for enabling NERSC users to engage directly with quantum computation in their scientific endeavors in the future.

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February 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

INPA guests from campus can now come to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a more significant number of attendees.

CPTea Series (also known as INPA Tea Series)

The Physics Division CPTea Series invites you to an In-Person Tea Series 1st Friday of every month at 3:30 pm INPA Conference Room 50-5026.

Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.


INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass, please email Erica Hall. The pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

Erica Hall