On photonic quantum computing

On photonic quantum computing

The worldwide quest to build practical quantum computers is undergoing a critical period. Fault-tolerant quantum computers will soon provide significant computational speedups for problems like factoring, search, or linear algebra, etc. During the next few years, a number of different quantum devices will become available to the public.  Over the past decade, a wide variety[…]

On topological quantum computers

On topological quantum computers

We have been talking about quantum computing for a few weeks now. We have talked about its theoretical principles (quantum entanglement, no-cloning theorem, …) and its applications, especially in the contexts of cryptography and complexity. Yet, we haven’t talk much about practicalities. The outstanding problem with entangled superpositions of spinning electrons, polarized photons or most[…]

On quantum computing and cryptography

On quantum computing and cryptography

Cryptography is the cornerstone of secure communication. Broadly speaking, cryptography deals with creating and studying protocols that prevent third parties (public or adversaries) from reading messages. It is strongly tied to information security topics such as confidentiality, data integrity, identification, authentication or non-repudiation / proof. Today’s cryptography is heavily based on mathematics: cryptographic algorithms are[…]