The field of quantum science and technology is broad and crosses departments and faculties. Here at the Weizmann we have scientists working on the topic in the faculties of physics, chemistry, and mathematics and computer science (at the very least!). We are eager to learn about each other's work, find potential shared interests and initiate new collaborations.
The WISQ seminar (rhymes with NISQ...), aimed at being a discussion and meeting place for those of us at Weizmann who are interested in Quantum Science and Technology.
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The previous talks are listed below and are available to watch for Weizmann's users.
Previous talks

Prof. Zvika Brakerski
Titel: How Quantum Computing is Changing Cryptography
Abstract:
It is fairly well known that Shor's algorithm for Factoring and Discrete Logarithm poses a challenge for cryptography in a quantum world. However, the implications of the viability of the quantum model on cryptography are much more profound, on a number of aspects. Naturally, it is harder to protect against quantum attackers than against classical ones, especially if the honest users remain classical. On the other hand, quantum computation and communication also present new tools that may assist in performing some cryptographic tasks. Further, the quantum model brings about new potential capabilities and cryptographic tasks that need to be explored, most basically the ability to prove that a potentially untrusted device indeed performs a quantum task.
In the talk I will explain how computer scientists, and in particular cryptographers, perceive the quantum computing model. I will discuss some of the fundamental questions that come up when the quantum model is incorporated into cryptography, such as the security of "lattice assumptions" against quantum attacks, the rewinding problem in cryptographic reductions, and the notion of semiquantum cryptography which addresses questions in classicalquantum interaction.
No background in computer science or cryptography will be assumed.
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Dr. Rotem ArnonFriedman
Titel: From “quantumness" certification to quantum cryptography and beyond
Abstract:
Imagine you enter a store that sells quantum key distribution systems (yes, they already exist). How do you know that the devices you buy are quantum? How do you know that they do what you want them to do? Should you use them even if you don’t trust the manufacturer? In this talk, I will present the concept of “quantumness” certification in its strongest form and discuss the work done in our group to use it to prove the security of various quantum cryptographic protocols. I will then argue that taking a similar point of view as in the cryptographic setup is relevant for many topics, from quantum computation to condensed matter physics.
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Prof. Roee Ozeri
Title: Trapped ions quantum computing – a tale of highly social qubits
Abstract:
In this talk I will review the basic methods and the current stateoftheart in trapped ion quantum computing and compare the advantages and disadvantages of this to other QC technologies. I will further describe the progress towards building the WeizQC  a trapped ion quantum computer at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In the second part of the talk I will describe one unique feature of trappedion qubits: their allto all connectivity. I will describe methods that use this connectivity to engineer multiqubit gates and operations. Multiqubit gates have many advantages, both for near term noisy quantum computers, as well as for achieving fault tolerance. As an example I will show that using multiqubit gates, the threshold for faulttolerant quantum computing can be enlarged and the ratio of logical to physical qubit error reduced.
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Prof. Erez Berg
Title: Computing the Quantum: Classical and Quantum Simulations of ManyBody Systems
Abstract:
Many problems of interest, ranging from condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry to quantum information, require finding the ground state of a system of many interacting degrees of freedom (e.g., qubits or quantum spins). The main challenge stems from the exponential scaling of the Hilbert space dimension with the number of qubits. I will first discuss various strategies to tackle this problem using classical computers, such as tensor network states and Monte Carlo sampling, and their limitations. Quantum computers are ideally suited for this task; I will present a proposal to simulate quantum systems on noisy intermediatescale quantum (NISQ) devices made of imperfect qubits, where the noise level translates into a finite energy density (i.e., finite temperature).
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Prof. Ofer Firstenberg
Tilte: Quantum Interfaces between Photons & Atoms
Abstract:
For a long time, humankind has aspired to exchange information between flying qubits – photons – and longlived matter qubits – such as atoms. This reversible exchange is needed in any setup of a quantum network: for quantum memories, repeaters for longdistance quantum communication, and distributed quantum computing. Moreover, coupling photons to atoms enables indirect photonphoton interaction that can implement deterministic entanglement sources and photonic quantum gates. We will explain the basic principles underlying lightmatter interfaces, their realization with atomic gases in our lab, and our (exciting) plans to create efficient “quantum antennas” with atomic arrays.
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Dr. Serge Rosenblum
Title: Superconducting Quantum Computing
Abstract:
In this talk, we will explore one of the leading technologies for quantum computing: superconducting circuits. This is the
technology used by Google, IBM and many others to build their quantum computers. We will start by reviewing the underlying principles and the current status of this technology. Then, we will discuss the research done in our lab at the condensed matter department at WIS— from the fabrication of our chips to how we encode quantum information in microwave resonators. We will use our novel approach for creating superconducting qubits to correct errors and bring the qubits to a new regime of quantum coherence. Preliminary data of our progress towards this goal will be presented.
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