About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

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The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

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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 up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. 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. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Erica Hall.