QUISCO Meeting: Wednesday 1st April 2009


Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Level 5, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ.

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13.00 Lunch

14.00 Entanglement in non-inertial frames and curved spacetime
Ivette Fuentes-Schuller, University of Hertfordshire

The insight that the world is fundamentally quantum mechanical inspired the development of quantum information theory. However, the world is not only quantum but also relativistic, and indeed many implementations of quantum information tasks involve truly relativistic systems. In this talk I consider relativistic effects on entanglement in flat and curved spacetimes. I will emphasize the qualitative differences to a non-relativistic treatment, and demonstrate that a thorough understanding of quantum information theory requires taking relativity into account. The exploitation of such relativistic effects will likely play an increasing role in the future development of quantum information theory. The relevance of these results extends beyond pure quantum information theory, and applications to foundational questions in cosmology and black hole physics will be presented.

15.00 Quantum entangled nano-cantilevers
Anne Hutter, Heriot-Watt University

15.30 Break

16.00 Optical analogue of the event horizon
Friedrich Koenig, University of St Andrews

I will present the idea and experiments on the concept of an optical analogue to an event horizon with the ultimate goal to generate the analogue of Hawking radiation.

16.45 Causal flow - theory and applications
Elham Kashefi, University of Edinburgh

I will present the notion of flow for graph states and describe how it characterises the following seemingly unrelated concepts: (1) Determinism in measurement-based computing (2) Entanglement in Graph states (3) Sufficient Conditions for Secret Sharing Protocols

17.30 End


Registration is free. Please send email to Simon Gay (simon at dcs.gla.ac.uk), by Wednesday 25th March, if you are going to attend, so that we have accurate numbers for catering.