Seeker examines how research into quantum computing may uncover more about the universe.

Scientists have built an advanced instrument with parts from a quantum computer that’s sensitive enough to listen for the signal of a dark matter particle. The Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) at the University of Washington is the world’s first dark matter experiment that’s hunting specifically for axions.

A quantum computer isn’t just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it’s something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding — and more than a bit of uncertainty.

Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose and learn how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.

Can’t get enough? Here’s another video.

Geek’s Lesson shares this full intro course on quantum physics.

Course Index:

  • Introduction to quantum mechanics (0:00)
  • The domain of quantum mechanics (16:21)
  • Key concepts in quantum mechanics (28:00)
  • A review of complex numbers (37:00)
  • Complex numbers examples (1:05:00)
  • Probability in quantum mechanics (1:18:00)
  • Probability distributions and their properties (1:29:00)
  • Variance of probability distributions (1:55:00)
  • Normalization of the wavefunction (2:9:00)
  • Position, velocity, and momentum from the wavefunction (2:37:00)
  • Introduction to the uncertainty principle (3:04:00)
  • Key concepts of QM, revisited (3:17:00)
  • Separation of variables and the Schrodinger equation (3:31:00)
  • Stationary solutions to the Schrodinger equation (4:03:00)
  • Superposition of stationary states (4:23:00)
  • Potential functions in the Schrodinger equation (4:54:00)
  • Infinite square well (particle in a box) (5:16:00)
  • Infinite square well states, orthogonality and completeness (Fourier series) (5:37:00)
  • Infinite square well example computations and simulation
  • Quantum harmonic oscillator via ladder operators
  • Quantum harmonic oscillator via power series
  • Free particles and the Schrodinger equation
  • Free particle wave packets and stationary states
  • Free particle wave packet example

Quantum physics is no longer just for academic researchers or engineers working on quantum computers.

It is quickly becoming a national security imperative.

How quickly quantum advances will influence military power will depend on the work of researchers like Jonathan Baugh. A professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Baugh is working on a device that’s part of a bigger project to develop quantum radar. Its intended users: stations in the Arctic run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, a joint US-Canadian organization.

Lex Fridman interviews Sean Carroll in this thought provoking interview.

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech and Santa Fe Institute specializing in quantum mechanics, arrow of time, cosmology, and gravitation. He is the author of several popular books including his latest on quantum mechanics (Something Deeply Hidden) and is a host of a great podcast called Mindscape. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

This is the second time Sean has been on the podcast. You can watch the first time here:

Leonard Susskind is a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University, and founding director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.

He is widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory and in general as one of the greatest physicists of our time both as a researcher and an educator.

This conversation is part of Lex Fridman’s Artificial Intelligence podcast.