Dr. Jonathan P. Dowling

Professor and Hearne Chair of Theoretical Physics
Co-Director, Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics

Quantum Sciences & Technologies Group
Horace C. Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Louisiana State University
202 Nicholson Hall, Tower Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-4001

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Over 512 publications in quantum optics, quantum information theory, laser physics, and mathematical physics. These publications have been cited over 17,000 times, with an average of over 45 citations per paper, and with an h-index of over 57. Over 30  of these publications have been cited over 100 times each. Publications are in the top 1% of most cited physics papers, according to the Physics Author Rank Algorithm.

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Schrödinger's Killer App
Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer

By Jonathan P. Dowling

Published May 7th 2013 by Taylor & Francis – 453 pages

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"Written by a renowned quantum physicist closely involved in the U.S. government's development of quantum information science, Schroedinger's Killer App: Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer presents an inside look at the government's quest to build a quantum computer capable of solving complex mathematical problems and hacking the public-key encryption codes used to secure the Internet. The "killer application" refers to Shor's quantum factoring algorithm, which would unveil the encrypted communications of the entire Internet if a quantum computer could be built to run the algorithm. Schrödinger's notion of quantum entanglement and his infamous cat is at the heart of it all."