Events

Sep28
11:00am
Quantum dynamics of thermalizing systems
I will describe a method "DMT" for approximating density operators of 1D systems as low bond dimension matrix product operators that, when combined with a standard framework for time evolution (TEBD), makes possible simulation of the dynamics of strongly thermalizing systems to arbitrary times. The method performs well for both near-equilibrium initial states (Gibbs states with spatially varying temperatures) and far-from-equilibrium initial states, including quenches across phase transitions and pure states. I will also discuss..
Fall 2017 Seminar Physics
Christopher White
Caltech IQIM
Oct05
8:00am
Building the Foundations for Quantum Industry
NIST will be hosting a day-long “Building the Foundations for Quantum Industry” discussion at THEIR main campus in Gaithersburg, MD on October 5th.
Fall 2017 Discussion NIST
Will Be Announced
NIST
Oct05
4:00pm
The Atmosphere's Detergent: Exploring Significant New Pathways for Hydroxyl Radical Formation
Fall 2017 Kaufman Lecture Physical Chemistry Molecular structures
Marsha Lester
University of Pennsylvania
Oct06
2:00pm
Photo-Induced Dynamics of Atmospherically Important Criegee Intermediates
Fall 2017 Kaufman Lecture Physical Chemistry Molecular structures
Marsha Lester
University of Pennsylvania
Oct10
3:00pm
Friction and Measurements that Preserve rather than Destroy Quantum Entanglement
Entangled states are a key resource in fundamental quantum physics, quantum cryptography and quantum computation. Unfortunately, these states are fragile and easily degrade by unwanted interactions with a dissipative environment. Thus, it has generally been assumed that the creation of such states requires the system to have minimal dissipation and decoherence. However, some recent theoretical studies have shown that dissipative interactions combined with appropriately chosen drives can be employed to preserve coherence, and in particular..
Fall 2017 Seminar
Shyam Shankar
Yale University
Oct12
4:00pm
On the Road to Quantum Magnonics: Extremely Low Loss Spin Waves in V[TCNE]2
Organic and organic-based materials are broadly attractive as a complement to inorganic materials due to their relative ease of fabrication, mechanical flexibility, and the ability to tune molecular properties. These benefits have been slow to accrue to the fields of spintronics and magnonics due to the combined challenges of interfacing organic and inorganic materials and the lack of “native” organic or organic-based magnetic materials with suitable DC and microwave magnetic properties. Here I will present..
Fall 2017 Seminar
Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin
Ohio State University
Oct16
9:00am
Vacuum Fundamentals, Techniques, and Deposition Technology
Pennsylvania Chapter of American Vacuum Society will be hosting two days-long “Vacuum Fundamentals, Techniques, and Deposition Technology” workshop at the University Club of the University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA on October 16-17, 2017.
Fall 2017 Workshop AVS
JR Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Co. Ron Hawranko, Leybold USA, and Chris Horwitz
Electrogrip
Oct16
4:30pm
David Vanderbilt (Rutgers University)
Fall 2017 Seminar
David Vanderbilt
Rutgers University
Oct18
9:00pm
Science2017
Come help unify and promote Quantum Science and Engineering in Pittsburgh at Science2017: Wednesday through Friday, October 18-20, 2017 Alumni Hall & Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
PQI Event
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Visit our booth!
Oct19
9:00am
Plasma Processing; Reactive Sputter Etching and Deposition
Pennsylvania Chapter of American Vacuum Society will be hosting two days-long “Plasma Processing; Reactive Sputter Etching and Deposition" workshop at the University Club of the University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA on October 19-20, 2017.
Fall 2017 Workshop AVS
JR Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Co. Ron Hawranko, Leybold USA, and Chris Horwitz
Electrogrip 
Oct19
4:00pm
The Fascinating Failures of Ohm's Law
Fall 2017 Pittcon Lecture Computational
Paul Bohn
University of Notre Dame
Oct20
2:30pm
Bifunctional Nanostuctures for Imaging Single Electron Transfer Reactions
Fall 2017 Pittcon Lecture Computational
Paul Bohn
University of Notre Dame
Oct23
4:30pm
Spin Orbit Torque Switching of Magnetic Insulators
Fall 2017 Seminar Spin-Transfer Torques
Mingzhong Wu
Colorado State University
Oct26
4:30pm
Valla Fatemi (MIT)
Valla Fatemi (MIT)
Fall 2017 Seminar
Valla Fatemi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nov02
4:00pm
Quantum Thermodynamics with Superconducting Qubits
The laws of thermodynamics are fundamental laws of nature that classify energy changes for macroscopic systems as work performed by external driving and heat exchanged with the environment. In the past decades, these principles have been successfully extended to the level of classical trajectories of microscopic systems to account for thermal fluctuations. In particular, experimentally tested generalizations of the second law, known as fluctuation theorems, quantify the occurrence of negative entropy production. The extension of..
Fall 2017 Seminar Qubits
Kater Murch
Washington University-St. Louis
Nov02
4:00pm
The Wonders of Electron Density: From Half of an Electron to Noncovalent Interactions of Biomolecular Complexes
Fall 2017 Henry Frank Lecture Quantum mechanics
Weitao Yang
Duke University
Nov03
2:00pm
Fresh Perspectives on Electronic Excited States and Multiscale Simulations
Fall 2017 Henry Frank Lecture Quantum mechanics
Weitao Yang
Duke University
Nov16
4:00pm
Single Conformation Spectroscopy from the Microwave to the Ultraviolet
Fall 2017 Seminar Spectroscopy
Timothy Zwier
Purdue University
Nov20
4:30pm
Yong P. Chen (Purdue University)
Fall 2017 Seminar
Yong P. Chen
Purdue University
Dec07
4:00pm
Quantum Acoustics with Superconducting Qubits
The ability to engineer and manipulate different types of quantum mechanical objects allows us to take advantage of their unique properties and create useful hybrid technologies. Thus far, complex quantum states and exquisite quantum control have been demonstrated in systems ranging from trapped ions to superconducting resonators. Recently, there have been many efforts to extend these demonstrations to the motion of complex, macroscopic objects. These mechanical objects have important applications as quantum memories or transducers..
Fall 2017 Seminar Qubits Superconductivity
Yiwen Chu
Yale University
Dec11
4:30pm
Eugene Demler (Harvard University)
Fall 2017 Seminar
Eugene Demler
Harvard University
Apr18
9:00am
PQI2018
The annual PQI signature event will cover a wide range of topics in quantum science and engineering by featuring prominent invited keynote lecturers and highlighting the current research of PQI members. All talks are colloquium-style and accessible to a broad audience.
PQI Event
Multiple speakers
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