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Tuesday: SLAC talk on 'Quantum Leap for Computing'

Electrons on semiconductor chips swerve around obstacles and dissipate heat in the process, behaviors that are bringing an end to the seemingly endless multiplication of computer processing power -- also known as Moore's law -- says Shoucheng Zhang, the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics at Stanford University. All may not be lost, however.

Dr. Zhang will discuss the "Electron Superhighway: A Quantum Leap for Computing" at a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Kavli Auditorium on the campus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at 2575 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

With the recent discovery of a new state of matter – the topological insulator – a rescue may be available that will allow progress to continue in information technology, Professor Zhang says in a statement. The discovery shows electrons in orderly movement in what are essentially traffic lanes. Electrons moving in opposing directions do not run into each other.

There may be a waiting list for seating at this event. Go to this link to register.

Dave Boyce

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