Physics & QBio Special Seminar: Matthew P.A. Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Quantum Processing in the Brain?”

Event time: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Bass Center for Molecular and Structural Biology See map
266 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Matthew Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara
Event description: 

Building a laboratory quantum computer is now a billion dollar enterprise. But might we, ourselves, be quantum computers? While maintaining quantum coherence on macroscopic time scales is exceedingly unlikely in the warm wet brain, there is one exception: Nuclear spins. My strategy is one of reverse engineering, seeking to identify the biochemical substrate and mechanisms that could host such putative nuclear spin quantum processing. Seemingly, a specic neural qubit and a unique collection of ions, molecules and organelles can be identied, illuminating an apparently single path towards possible quantum processing in the brain.
Host: Ben Machta (