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Christopher Monroe

University of Maryland

Christopher Monroe is Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute. Chris experiments in the areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information science. Following unprecedented success in teleporting quantum information between matter separated by a large distance in 2008, his group has continued to carry out pioneering work using ultrafast laser pulses and trapped ions. Most significantly, they have proposed and made the first steps toward a scalable quantum computer that could eclipse the performance of conventional information systems. Chris is also the founder of ‘IonQ’, whose use of trapped atomic ion technology rivals the silicon-based quantum computers being built by some big hitting competitors such as Google and IBM.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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