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One of the defining features of quantum mechanics is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which imposes unbreakable limits on our knowledge of reality. Despite these restrictions, quantum mechanical particles can do amazing things like exist at two different locations at the same time. Quantum information science aims to explore the nature of information at the quantum level, a world in which bits can be both zero and one at the same time and perfect copying is impossible.

At the practical level, quantum information powers forms of secure communication that are provably impossible in a “classical” world.  Likewise, an intrinsically quantum-mechanical computer could efficiently solve problems that are intractable for any computer of more traditional design, the most notorious example being that a quantum computer could crack most of the codes used to secure the internet.

Quantum information researchers at SITP have played an important role in the development of the basic theory of quantum communication. They continue to search for better ways to protect quantum computers from noise and communications from prying eavesdroppers. A unique feature of the quantum information group at SITP, however, is its close integration and participation in research on quantum gravity and black holes. Stanford is at the forefront of exploring the role of quantum entanglement to the geometry of space, the importance of quantum error correction in black hole evaporation, and even the relevance of computational complexity to stability of space.


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We seek candidates with research interests in any area of quantum science and engineering. Candidates are encouraged to describe in their research proposal opportunities for collaboration with one or multiple groups at Stanford.
The Stanford Science Fellows program invites applications from outstanding graduating doctoral students and early career postdoctoral scholars.

The first It From Qubit collaboration workshop and summer school was held at the Perimeter Institute in

Nov 16 2015

Many physicists believe that entanglement is the essence of quantum weirdness — and some now suspect that it may also be the essence of space-time geometry.

Oct 13 2015

Tensor networks provide toy models which explicitly realize many puzzling features of AdS/CFT correspondence, and are sometimes treated as the lossy descriptions of the skeleton (in the AdS scale) of

Simons Collaborations bring together groups of outstanding scientists to address mathematical or theoretical topics of fundamental scientific importance.
Apr 24 2015

A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information.

May 28 2014

A concept developed for computer science could have a key role in fundamental physics — and point the way to a new understanding of space and time.

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Computational Complexity meets Quantum Gravity.


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