Harald Bohr Lecture: Peter Sarnak

Title: Navigating U(2) with Golden Gates

Speaker: Peter Sarnak, Professor Princeton University & the Institute for Advanced Study.

Abstract:  The problem of devising optimally efficient universal gates for quantum computing is one of finding the best generators for rotation groups. We will discuss recent developments concerning ‘Golden Gates,’ which are number theoretic generators of U(2). The tools range from groups associated with the platonic solids to modern diophantine problems of sums of squares.

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