UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Celebrating World Quantum Day

14 April 2024

World Quantum Day serves as a reminder of the groundbreaking potential of quantum technology. Delve into the realm of quantum mechanics and explore how it's shaping the future of technology in the blog written by our MSci Chemistry student Mayukh Das.

Futuristic central processor unit

Welcome to the quantum realm, where the possibilities are as boundless as the imagination itself. As a student of chemistry, I often find myself marvelling at the intricate dance of particles that make up our universe. But there's a subset of this scientific wonderland that's captivating minds across the globe – quantum computing.

Quantum computing, at its core, harnesses the principles of quantum mechanics to process information in a radically different way from classical computing. Remember those classic bits in traditional computers? They're either a 0 or a 1. Quantum bits, or qubits, can exist in a superposition of both states simultaneously. It's like having multiple answers to a question at once – a mind-bending concept indeed!

Now, you might be wondering, how does this relate to everyday technology advancements? Well, imagine a world where complex calculations that would take traditional computers millennia to solve could be completed in mere moments with quantum computers. From optimising supply chains to discovering new drugs, the applications are vast and game-changing.

One of the most intriguing aspects of quantum computing is its potential to revolutionise cryptography. Quantum computers have the capability to crack current encryption methods, posing both challenges and opportunities for cybersecurity. It's a reminder that as we unlock the power of quantum computing, we must also navigate its ethical implications.

My journey into the quantum realm began with a module on quantum mechanics. I was introduced to the fundamental principles that govern the behaviour of particles at the smallest scales. Little did I know that these principles would underpin the technology of tomorrow.

In my studies, I've encountered the intersection of chemistry and quantum technology. Quantum simulations, for instance, offer insights into chemical reactions at a level of detail previously unimaginable. From designing more efficient catalysts to understanding the behaviour of complex molecules, the synergy between chemistry and quantum computing holds immense promise.

But perhaps the most exciting aspect of World Quantum Day is its potential to inspire future generations. As I reflect on my own journey, I'm filled with a sense of awe and curiosity about what lies ahead. To prospective students, I say this: the field of quantum technology is ripe with opportunities waiting to be seized. It's a frontier where imagination knows no bounds, and the only limit is the extent of our understanding.

So, as we celebrate World Quantum Day, let's marvel at the wonders of the quantum realm and the limitless possibilities it holds. Whether you're a seasoned researcher or a curious student, there's never been a better time to explore the exciting world of quantum computing. Who knows what discoveries await us just beyond the horizon...

Mayukh Das
MSci Chemistry student (Department of Chemistry)