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Monday, March 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bits, Bittier Bits & Qubits: Physics of Computing

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For more than 40 years, Moore's Law has held astonishingly accurate as the number of transistors, and along with it the processing power, of personal computers has doubled roughly every two years. Soon, however, as the very physics behind the technology reaches atomic scales, computing will need to either adopt a new paradigm or come to a screeching halt as it reaches fundamental limits.
Joshua Turner is an experimental physicist at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where he uses the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first X-ray free-electron laser, to study the atomic properties of materials, with a particular focus on properties of ultra-small magnets. In this session, Turner will explain experiments probing the ultrafast, nanoscale limits of magnetic materials. He will also describe proposed techniques that could shatter Moore's Law by exploiting characteristics of particles and atoms like how they spin, their ‘orbital’ configuration or quantum superposition.

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Monday March 10, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom 700 San Jacinto