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PQI GSR Interview with Arai Kairalapova:
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Quantum phone:
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This week: Calling all PQI Liaisons; PQI Member Paper Highlight; Interview with GSR awardee Shouvik Mukherjee; Ant-Man and the Wasp

PQI Liaisons:
PQI Member Paper Highlight:
Interview with Shouvik Mukherjee:

This week: PQI Poster Winners Circle; Dutt and Doucette use Arduinos; Learn NMR principles from Teachspin; Bloch Cube; Overleaf in the 'Burgh.

Winners circle video:
Teachspin demo:
Bloch Cube: 
Overleaf at Pitt:
Overleaf at CMU:

This week: PQI2020 poster winners; quarantine pizza performers; a few good quanta.

Relevant links: / PQI2020 poster session pizza guy / first pizza guy / "A few good quanta"

PQI tl;dr.  This week: PQI2020 poster event, two new talks, Looking Glass Universe, and quantum movie review Transcendence (don't watch it!).

PQI2020 Poster Event:
Looking glass universe:
Transcendence preview (you've been warned):


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PQI2020 Poster session; PQbits; Dotson basic physics bro; PQI quantum movie review of The Mandela Effect; with Friends!

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Weekly (?) video describing events related to the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute.

Register for PQI poster event:
PQbits explained:

Shout out to the following youtubers and their videos:
Andrew Dotson:
Michael Nielsen:
Looking Glass Universe:
Physics Girl:

Covid Corner: SIR model:

Dr. Chris Lirakis from IBM-Q gave a talk titled "What does it Take to Build a Quantum Computer" in the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute Fall Seminar series on Oct. 1st, 2020.

Abstract: IBM has been working on realizing a quantum computer since the idea first surfaced in 1982. Early instantiations were photon-based and proved that indeed bit like information could be stored in a quantum state. Since then many different modalities have sprung up, Trapped Ions and Superconducting qubits being the most popular. The IBM systems are on the path to error correction. However, we still have a long way to go. The path to success will be paved by wide scale acceptance and training in these using this new computational paradigm. All manner of expertise will be important on the road to success. Beyond the need for experts in quantum computation, the nation will need experts in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and other disciplines. During this talk I will show how IBM is using superconducting technology as quantum bits (qubits) and all of the ancillary technology along with notions of the types of problems we wish to solve. The goal is to show how each of this disciplines can help on the path to large scale system.

Dr. Paul Ohodnicki from the University of Pittsburgh gave a talk titled "Energy Infrastructure Sensing Technologies and Opportunities for Quantum" in the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute Fall Seminar series on Sept. 24th, 2020.

Abstract: An overview will be presented of some emerging platforms that are relevant for energy infrastructure sensing applications including both optical fiber and passive wireless technologies. Example motivating applications will be presented including grid modernization, energy resource recovery and transport, and power generation, along with an overview of existing and future sensing technologies under investigation. A specific emphasis will be placed upon opportunities and limitations in such applications for quantum materials and quantum sensing concepts to enhance capabilities of current and emerging technology platforms, as well as to realize new capabilities which would not be otherwise possible.

Dr. Venkat Gopalan from Pennsylvania State University gave a talk titled "Antisymmetry: Fundamentals and Applications" in the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute Fall Seminar series on Sept. 17th, 2020.

Abstract: Symmetry is fundamental to understanding our physical world. An antisymmetry operation switches between two different states of a trait, such as two time-states, position-states, charge-states, spin-states, chemical-species etc. This talk will cover the fundamental concept of antisymmetry, with brief mentions of two well-established antisymmetries, namely spatial inversion in point groups and time reversal. Then it will introduce two new ones, namely, distortion reversal and wedge reversion. The distinction between classical and quantum mechanical descriptions of time reversal will be discussed. Applications of these antisymmetries will be presented such as crystallography, property tensors, transition state theory, magnetic structures, ferroelectric and multiferroic switching, and classifying physical quantities in arbitrary dimensions.