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Quantum corrals and the future of computers subject of public presentation

Over the past half-century, computers have been steadily growing in power as they shrink in size. This great progress in information technology has been due primarily to the downsizing of electronics components, but is now reaching a limit where new technology based on quantum physics will be needed if the progress is to continue.

Physics professor Eugene Kim will discuss his ground-breaking research and its relation to the future of computing in a free public lecture Wednesday entitled “Law and Order at the Quantum Corral.”

Dr. Kim is the Sharcnet Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Windsor. In this talk, he will describe his recent work on systems that overcome the limitations of present-day electronics—specifically, quantum corrals, a class of ultra-small devices built from the “bottom up,” atom by atom. By taking advantage of the unique physics arising at such small scales, quantum corrals enable novel means for information processing at the smallest scales.

The February 20 event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Canada South Science City, 930 Marion Avenue, as part of the Science Café series. Sponsored by the Faculty of Science, the series offers discussion of important science research for the general public.

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