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Quantum Innovator Series with Dr. Chetan Nayak

In this video Dr. Chetan Nayak discusses Microsoft’s quantum hardware journey, specifically touching on Microsoft’s physics breakthrough

Dr. Nayak also discusses the physics behind the topological qubit. 

  • Learn about topological phases in physics and how they are applied to quantum computing. 
  • Explore how topological properties create a level of protection that can, in principle, help a qubit retain quantum information despite what’s happening in the environment around it.
  • Understand the role of the topological gap and the recently discovered Majorana zero modes, and how together they impact a topological qubit’s stability, size, and speed. 
  • Learn how to examine the raw data and analysis from Microsoft’s hardware research on Azure Quantum.
  • Use interactive Jupyter notebooks and explore what’s next in engineering the world’s first topological qubit. 


About the speaker

Chetan Nayak | Technical Fellow and VP of Quantum Hardware and Systems Engineering, Microsoft 

Dr. Nayak is a pioneer of the study of quantum matter, including topological and non-equilibrium phases. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a PhD in physics from Princeton. He was an assistant, associate, and full professor at UCLA, a visiting professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, and is a professor of physics at UCSB. Chetan was a trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics and an editor of Annals of Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has published more than 150 refereed articles with more than 20,000 citations and has been granted more than 20 patents.  Chetan Nayak | Technical Fellow and VP of Quantum Hardware and Systems Engineering, Microsoft.


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