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Will We Ever Have a Quantum Computer?

Authors: Dyakonov, Mikhail I.

  • Briefly presents the 25-year history of ideas and research in this area
  • Expresses and justifies serious doubts about the possibility of ever building a quantum computer
  • Is accessible to a broad readership of students, academics, and engineers, as well as the general public
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About this book

This book addresses a broad community of physicists, engineers, computer scientists and industry professionals, as well as the general public, who are aware of the unprecedented media hype surrounding the supposedly imminent new era of quantum computing. The central argument of this book is that the feasibility of quantum computing in the physical world is extremely doubtful. The hypothetical quantum computer is not simply a quantum variant of the conventional digital computer, but rather a quantum extension of a classical analog computer operating with continuous parameters. In order to have a useful machine, the number of continuous parameters to control would have to be of such an astronomically large magnitude as to render the endeavor virtually infeasible. This viewpoint is based on the author’s expert understanding of the gargantuan challenges that would have to be overcome to ever make quantum computing a reality. Knowledge of secondary-school-level physics and math will be sufficient for understanding most of the text.

About the authors

Mikhail Dyakonov received his PhD (1966) in theoretical physics from the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad), USSR. He worked as a Principal Scientist at the Ioffe Institute until 1998, when he became a Professor at the University of Montpellier, France. His fields of interest include quantum effects in atomic physics, solid-state physics, spin physics, and the physics of 2D electrons. He is the recipient of the State Prize of the USSR, the Beller Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society, and the Félix Robin great prize of the French Physics Society.

His name is associated with several physical phenomena: the Dyakonov-Perel spin relaxation mechanism, Dyakonov surface waves, and Dyakonov-Shur plasma wave instability. Together with V.I. Perel, in 1971 he predicted the Spin Hall Effect, which has since become a subject of great interest and intensive study. He is the editor of the book Spin Physics in Semiconductors, published by Springer in 2008 (1st edition) and 2017 (2nd edition).

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eBook $44.99
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: June 15, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-42019-2
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
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  • Due: May 18, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-42018-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Will We Ever Have a Quantum Computer?
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Physics
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42019-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42019-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-42018-5
Series ISSN
2191-5423
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
120
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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