Developments over the past ten years have shown that major advances in our understanding of quantum gravity, quantum field theory and other aspects of fundamental physics can be achieved by bringing to bear insights and techniques from quantum information theory. Nonetheless, fundamental physics and quantum information theory remain distinct disciplines and communities, separated by significant barriers to communication and collaboration. Funded by a grant from the Simons Foundation, “It from Qubit” is a large-scale effort by some of the leading researchers in both communities to foster communication, education and collaboration between them, thereby advancing both fields and ultimately solving some of the deepest problems in physics. The overarching scientific questions motivating the Collaboration include:
- Does spacetime emerge from entanglement?
- Do black holes have interiors?
- Does the universe exist outside our horizon?
- What is the information-theoretic structure of quantum field theories?
- Can quantum computers simulate all physical phenomena?
- How does quantum information flow in time?
- It from Qubit was featured in a recent Scientific American article, “Tangled Up in Spacetime.”
- The It from Qubit School/Workshop at Perimeter Institute was the subject of a recent piece, “In Search of a Common Language,” on Inside the Perimeter.
- It from Qubit was highlighted in a Nature News Feature, “The Quantum Source of Space-time.”
- It from Qubit will hold a summer school for advanced graduate students and postdocs in Bariloche, Argentina, January 8-13, 2018. Please see the school’s website for more information.