Hmmm. I think I AM the only experimental physicist here 🙂
Still, I’ve absorbed a fair amount. Interestingly quite a few of the conference participants seem to be Theoretical Computer Scientists with only very slight inclinations towards the quantum, although I haven’t sampled a large set of conversations yet.
I had lunch with Ed Farhi and several other people working in the area of AQO/AQC. it was really interesting to discuss some of the open questions regarding the adiabatic quantum algorithm.
I really enjoyed Daniel Gottesman’s (Perimeter Institute) talk as he discussed SAT problems in spin systems, which are things that we can actually make and play with, and see if they are behaving quantum mechanically, so I’ll have to talk to people a bit more about that. I’m not sure if there’s any way to distinguish between extremely similar complexity classes such as ‘QMA’ and ‘QMAEXP’ experimentally using such systems, but it might be something worth thinking about.
I also finally met Quantum Moxie.
I really like the way that they have put chocolate bars on all the seats in the lecture theatre…
Anyway, more later.