Author: Ian Durham

Newsletter of the APS Division of Quantum Information

Book review: Spooky Action at a Distance by George Musser (Scientific American/Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2016 [paperback]).

There’s an old adage that gets bandied about, often in activist and political circles: think globally but act locally. In this context, the word ‘local’ is usually referring to a certain, small geographical region (sometimes as small as a town). But what do physicists mean when they use the word? This turns out to be…
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June 6, 2018 0

E.C.G. Sudarshan (1931-2018)

Professor E.C. George Sudarshan passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. He was born in Kerala, India in 1931. After receiving his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1958, where he worked with R.E. Marshak, he held professional positions at Harvard University, the University of Rochester, the University of Berne, Syracuse University and the University…
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May 28, 2018 0

Book Review: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics by Travis Norsen (Springer, 2017)

I want to start this review with what I liked most and least about Norsen’s new textbook. The premise of this book is to present a story of quantum physics to undergraduate-level students that directly faces up to the conceptual difficulties of the theory and its interpretation, rather than brushing them under the rug with…
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May 14, 2018 0

Conference: Correlations and Entanglement with Photons in Cavities

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming conference on “Correlations and Entanglement with Photons in Cavities” which will be held at Chicheley Hall, England on 2-6 September 2018.  The aim of this event is to bring together researchers working in the fields of quantum collective phenomena, coherence, correlations and entanglement, realised using…
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April 25, 2018 0

2018 March Meeting, Elections, and more

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the largest March Meeting in history, both in terms of overall attendance as well as representation by DQI/GQI. Thinking back to my first year as editor of The Times (back when it was a print publication), I recall publishing an overview of most of the sessions. That was in 2006…
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March 10, 2018 0

2018 DQI Election – Proposed by-laws

This year marks the first year in which we will be voting as a Division of the APS rather than as a Topical Group. As such, in addition to voting for elected positions we also must vote on changes to our by-laws. This post will include the proposed by-laws. A separate post will include the…
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January 30, 2018 0

2018 DQI Election – Candidate Statements

This year marks the first year in which we will be voting as a Division of the APS rather than as a Topical Group. As such, in addition to voting for elected positions we also must vote on changes to our by-laws. This post will include candidate statements. A separate post will include the proposed…
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January 30, 2018 0

Postdoctoral appointee — Physicist/Quantum Information Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore (California) is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee – Physicist specializing in the theory of quantum information technologies, particularly in atomic, molecular and optical implementations of quantum technologies. The successful candidate will be part of a team investigating various aspects of quantum information and quantum computing. Immediate work will include investigation of the robustness…
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October 10, 2017 0

Review: A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

I am somewhat embarrassed to say that, until now, I never knew all that much about Claude Shannon personally. I, of course, knew that he ostensibly “invented” information theory and I’d read sections of some of his more important work. But aside from routinely using Shannon entropy in calculations, he never much crossed my mind.…
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October 6, 2017 2

Review: Quantum Theory from First Principles, G. M. D’Ariano, G. Chiribella and P. Perinotti, Cambridge, 2017

Quantum mechanics (hereafter: QM) makes probabilistic predictions about experimental results. It is therefore natural to ask whether the formal structure of quantum theory can be arrived at from principles that can be stated in purely operational or probabilistic terms. Attempts to reconstruct QM on such a basis go all the way back to von Neumann’s…
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July 11, 2017 0