College - Author 1

College of Science and Mathematics

Department - Author 1

Physics Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Physics



Primary Advisor

Katharina Gillen, College of Science and Mathematics, Physics Department


As the field of quantum computing becomes popularized, myths or misconceptions will inevitably come along with it. From the sci-fi genre to the casual usage of the term quantum, idealism begins to take over our projections of the technological future. But what are quantum computers? And what does quantum mean? How are they any different than the computers we use on an everyday basis? Will there be quantum computing smartphones? Are quantum computers just a faster version of conventional computing or a wholly new way of computing altogether? The objective of this paper is to resolve common myths or misconceptions about the concept of quantum computers, as well as the outlook and potential of this technology. In the attempt to construct a sound narrative involving a wide range of disciplines, we will draw concepts from classical computing, quantum physics, computational complexity, as well as philosophy to decipher the mystery within this unique field.