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Simons workshop on quantum Hamiltonian complexity

As many of you might know already, Berkeley recently won the competition for the establishment of a Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. The institute is initially funded for 10 years and will mostly be running semester-long programs in … Continue reading

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Where on earth?

Guess. PS1: This is modeled on a very nice series that’s been running for years now at http://www.berkeleyside.com/tag/where-in-berkeley/. Of course this post is easy, but just as berkeleyside did I’ll try to put some tougher ones up in the future! … Continue reading

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FOCS 2012

FOCS 2012 just took place in New Brunswick, and it was a lot of fun. Instead of commenting on the food, which was already debated enough on site, here are a few randomly selected highlights from the talks. Constructive Discrepancy … Continue reading

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It happens in real life too

Everyone’s heard one of these legendary horror stories, in which this weird-looking guy at the back of the room sleeps through your whole Ph.D. dissertation talk…but when question time comes, stands up, and asks whether you’ve heard of the work … Continue reading

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Morning ride

Early morning, just off the minuteman… And a little later in Lincoln. It’s not obvious from the picture, but the sun is only about to show up! When are we switching to daylight wasting time, that I get my sunrise … Continue reading

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Almost!

The Physics Nobel prize has just been announced. It goes to Serge Haroche and David Wineland, “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”. Not quite Aspect’s experiments on nonlocality, but not too far either…in any … Continue reading

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A good year for nonlocality?

I just started reading a beautiful paper by Ben Reichardt, Falk Unger, and Umesh Vazirani that recently appeared on the arXiv, with the tongue-in-cheek title “A classical leash for a quantum system” (and the maybe less entertaining subtitle “Command of … Continue reading

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