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International Workshop on SMQS-IP2011

The "International Workshop on Simulation and Manipulation of Quantum Systems for Information Processing (SMQS-IP2011)" took place from 17 to 19 October 2011 in the rotunda of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The goal of the workshop was to discuss methods to simulate and manipulate quantum systems for pure scientific as well as for more applied purposes.

More than 50 researchers from Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States and Japan participated in the workshop. Recent developments in quantum annealing, open quantum systems, quantum computer hardware, optical lattices, equilibration and thermalization of quantum systems, quantum biology, and related topics were highlighted in talks and posters.

The exploitation of quantum effects, requiring coherent control of dissipative dynamics and entanglement control, is expected to have profound implications for future emerging technologies including nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. The magnetic moments of nuclei, atoms and molecules can exhibit strong quantum behaviour. Studying the dynamics of these systems is of great importance for quantum information processing.

Managing and designing complex quantum systems with specified be- haviour for quantum information processing requires a deep understanding of the cooperative behaviour of their components. Unravelling this behaviour necessitates an intensive collaboration between theoreticians and experimenters. The workshop successfully presented an overview of the current research on a broad spectrum of topics related to quantum information processing. A follow-up workshop will take place in Jülich in October 2012.

• Kristel Michielsen
Jülich Supercomputing Centre

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