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viola khodjastehLorenza Viola and Kaveh Khodjasteh
Two Dartmouth researchers have found a way to develop more robust "quantum gates," which are the elementary building blocks of quantum circuits. Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Lorenza Viola and Postdoctoral Fellow Kaveh Khodjasteh report their findings in the Feb. 27, 2009, issue of Physical Review Letters, the leading journal of the American Physical Society. Their study is titled "Dynamically Error-Corrected Gates for Universal Quantum Computing." Scientists predict that quantum circuits will someday be used to operate quantum computers, super powerful computers that have the potential to perform extremely complex algorithms quickly and efficiently. Click here to read more.

Dartmouth will be celebrating Graduate Appreciation Week, from Monday, April 13 to Friday, April 17. A number of events are planned, including the annual Arts and Sciences Poster Session, where graduate students will share their scholarly activity with the entire Dartmouth community. The event will be held on Monday, April 13, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Top of the Hop. Dartmouth has 18 graduate programs and nearly 700 graduate students. Click here for more information.

shepherdSimon Shepherd

Associate Professor of Engineering Simon Shepherd has been awarded $2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a project to expand the international Super Dual Auroral Radar Network, or SuperDARN, used to study numerous physical processes in the space plasma environment that surrounds the Earth. Shepherd is part of a collaborative project with colleagues from Virginia Tech, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, each receiving part of the total $6 million award. The project will entail construction of a new array of ground-based remote sensing instruments. Shepherd says the additional data gathered "will help us better understand the near-Earth space environment and ultimately be able to better predict geomagnetic storms and their effects." Click here to read more.

In a new "Views from the Green" podcast, Joe Kardon '09 and Juliet Coffey '09, who both recently appeared in Dartmouth's production of The Grapes of Wrath, talk about connecting with their characters, appreciating the set and lighting design, and getting a taste of what it was like to experience the Great Depression of the 1930s. Click here to listen in.

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Last Updated: 3/27/09