Wednesday, July 30, 2008


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July 30, 2008


INDEX:             NMWIF Meeting Info & Announcements

                        General & Job Announcements, Inquiries

                        NMWIF Writers Group – Next Meeting 8/5

                        Duke City Shootout Public Events – 7/25 – 8/2  

                        Best of 48 Hour Films – 8/1

                        Call for Entries – TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund – Deadline 8/1

                        Cinnafilm HD1 Demos in Los Angeles – 8/4 – 8/8

                        ACI Candidate Forums on Business – Various Locations in August

                        NM Filmmakers Showings – Various Locations in August

                        Moccasin Tracks Tipi Retreat – 8/25-31

                        Call for Entries – Show Your Films at NM State Fair – 9/7-21

                        Call for Proposals – New Mexico/New Visions – Deadline 9/5

                        Call for Volunteers – S.F. Metaphysical Film Festival – 9/18-21

                        Professional Grant Writing Workshop – 10/15-17

                        Call for Entries – Big Bang Film Festival – 10/1-5/08

                        Call for Entries – Taosshortz Film Fest – 1/10/09

                        Call for Entries – Int'l Festival de Filmes de Femmes – 3/13-22/09




NMWIF traditionally holds no general meeting in August.  We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting which will be Sunday, September 7th in Albuquerque.  Treasurer Beverly Kizer and Board member Denise Beale are developing an informative program dealing with film accounting/budgeting/financing/incentives.  Exact details will follow in a subsequent newsletter.




The NMWIF Board is pleased to announce our two new board members, Cynthia Ruffin and Carmela Rappazzo.  Cynthia, an actor/writer/director, will assume the office of Secretary for NMWIF and Carmela, a musician/composer/actor, will fill the final Director position on the newly expanded Board.  In addition, member Mimi Moss has been selected to co-chair the new Committee of the Secretary, which will be chaired by Ms. Ruffin.  We're excited to welcome the expertise and contributions of these dedicated professional women!




Board member and Membership Chair Katie Douthit was interviewed for "Campus Connections" on KSFR radio.  Tune in to KSFR 97.1 on Sunday, August 2nd at 5:30 PM and hear Katie discuss the Film Training Program and NMWIF.




We have been anxiously awaiting completion of our new website and now have a date for its premiere:  August 15th!    Board Member Genia Michaela, chair of the Website committee and our designer Gregg Weiss have been working hard to make this happen, along with the entire NMWIF Board, member Keith MacGregor and many others.  A full list of those to thank will follow next month, but we look forward to enjoying our new look and functionality! 




If you are interested in becoming a member of NMWIF you can apply in person at any NMWIF meeting or by mail to NMWIF, Attn:  Membership Committee, P.O. Box 33351, Santa Fe, NM  87594.  To receive an application with NMWIF membership criteria, please contact us at 




NMWIF COMMITTEES form the engine of our organization.  Committee members work together to keep the organization running and growing, while enhancing their connections with other women in the industry.  Being on a NMWIF committee provides members with an entre into organization operations and is part of the responsibility of membership.  We need more committee members for Membership, Fundraising, Website, Sage Award, PSA (Public Service Announcement), Events, Publicity, and Sponsors.  Let us know you'll help by contacting us at 



There is a poll being run on asking the question, "Have you or somebody you know directly benefited from the film industry?"  The unfortunate thing is that they are running the poll only today, and on a Wednesday afternoon most of those affected by the film business in NM are at work and not near a computer. Please log on at and answer the question and then pass this along to anyone you can think of who might participate as well.





The Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival is looking for a part-time paid Celebrity Hostess to manage the celebrities who are attending the Festival. This job would require organizing their transportation to and from the airport and to and from the festival each day, making sure they are in the right place at the right time, attending to other needs they may have while they are in Santa Fe. Volunteers can help with this but we are looking for someone who can work fulltime for about two weeks before and during the festival.  

Job requirements: Good organization and attendance to detail; friendly; experience working with celebrities; knowledge of the film business; punctual; own transportation; familiar with Santa Fe and environs.

We are also looking for an experienced salesperson to assist in fund-raising for the festival. This is a paid part-time position with 20% commission on the sale of sponsorships.

Job requirements: Extensive sales experience: knowledge of the film buisness and film festivals; outgoing; friendly; focused; available for concentrated hard work over the next two months.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please call Darron at the SFMFF (505) 820-6030 or email Darron at



A writing workshop/retreat in Italy, October 10 - 19, 2008 

InkWell, Inc. & present a 10-day writing retreat/workshop in Bolsena, Italy, October 2008.

This workshop/retreat is for writers of all kinds - fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, and travel - at all stages of their writing careers, and offers talks by Italian and other authors including Dario Castagno and others.

InkWell, Inc. is an Albuquerque-based company providing professional writing and editing services, and professional writing seminars, to clients worldwide. is an online community for lovers of all things Italian. For more information, contact Teresa Cutler at or  See for details, and to sign up.




The Group meets every other Monday evening, from 6 to 9pm, in Santa Fe.  Writers bring scenes from their work, which actors cold read, followed by questions and feedback from the group.  This is a workshop setting, for the writers to hear their work aloud and receive feedback to improve their work.  It also allows actors the chance to practice cold reads.


The next meeting is Monday, August 4th from 6P – 9P at the Jean Cocteau Theatre/NM Film Commission Offices at 418 Montezuma, Santa Fe 


If you would like to be one of the writers:
send a cover letter, resume and 10pg writing sample in screenplay format to: 


If you would like to be one of the actors:

Send a cover letter, resume and headshot to:


You will be contacted with the next meeting date, time and place.  Please feel free to pass this on to other interested writers and actors.  It is a requirement to be a member of NMWIF.  Interested parties who are not current members may join.  Please direct any questions to:





Friday, July 25th, 7:00 PM: Shotgun Start

Albuquerque Studios

Our homage to the frontier, the ceremonial Shotgun Start, kicks off Friday night about 7 pm at Albuquerque Studios. Then follow the crowd to our opening night party.  (Must be a crew member to participate.)

Friday, July 25th, 8:00 PM: Kick-Off Party

Albuquerque Hyatt Regency

Our Opening Night bash takes over the Atrium at the Hyatt Regency downtown from 8 pm on.

Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 PM: Crew Wrap Party

Albuquerque Hyatt Regency

Bring us your tired, weary and poor crew members and get 'em a drink at the always wild Wrap Party. You'll find us in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency, starting at 7 pm.

Friday, August 1st, 5:30 PM: MASSIVE CINEMA

Albuquerque Hyatt Regency

Join us in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to check out the winners of the Shootout's Massive Cinema competition, sponsored by Intel, Albuquerque Studios and the American Film Institute.


Albuquerque Hyatt Regency

Come see the magic worked by local film crews during the recent 48 Hour Film Project, and get a sneak preview of the movie that will compete with the Shootout films on Saturday. Join us in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency from 8-10 pm to watch the best of and find out who won.

Saturday, August 2nd, 7:00 PM: GALA PREMIERE

Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center

The Shootout climaxes with the Gala Premiere screening of our seven short movies, plus the winner from the 48 Hour Film Project, in a fight for the soon-to-be-coveted Palm de Grease. Join us at the Kiva Auditorium inside the Convention Center. Then stay tuned for the awards ceremony, and a post-premiere bash across the street. 

Order Your Tickets Here.

Saturday, August 2nd, 9:30 PM: POST-PREMIERE PARTY

Albuquerque Hyatt Regency

Follow us across Civic Plaza to the Post-Premiere Party in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency where you can mingle with filmmakers and crew 'til the break of dawn.


For more information and updates on events, visit the



We have announced the Best 48 Hour Films of 2008.  Please join us at the

Friday, August 1, 8 p.m.
Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
330 Tijeras NW

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Duke City Shootout, this is a FREE screening.

On the weekend of July 24, 26 teams competed to make the best short film in just 48 hours.  This year the filmmakers had to use the following elements in their films: Prop: an automotive part, Character: Tom or Tina Walton, Receptionist and they all feature the line of dialogue: "I forgot we had this". 

Now the results of the competition are in.  The eleven 48 Hour films selected as the "Best of New Mexico, 2008" will be screened in association with the Duke City Shootout at the Best of the 48 Hour Film Project Screening and Awards Ceremony.  The event will be held at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom on Friday, August 1, at 8pm.  The event is free.  After the screening, the winners will be announced. The New Mexico winning 2008 film will go on to compete against films from 69 other cities across the world for the best film of 2008. Last year the New Mexico winning team, Trifecta Plus, came in 3rd in the world and screened at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The films to screen in the Best of the 48 Hour Film Project Screening are: 

All the Right Tools, by Heuvos en Fuego

An Easter Story, by Los Chupacabros

Basket Case, by Lost Film

Breaking In, by Key Vision Voice

Down the Road, by Heatstroke Productions

Home, Worldwide by Strikeforce Films

Homeland, by Ultimatim

Las Vegas New Mexico 1875, by ARK Film Productions, LLC

Spared, by Fireborn Films

Tinkerin', by The In-famous El Guapo

Water Torture, by Make Film, Chop Wood 

The 48 Hour Film project is done in association with the Duke City Shootout and is sponsored in part by the City of Albuquerque.



The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund will provide up to $140,000 in support of innovative and compelling filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician in fresh ways.

We are seeking exceptional narrative work of all genres (except science fiction or fantasy) with scientifically accurate themes or characters.

Selected projects from eligible directors, screenwriters and producers will be announced in Fall 2008 and highlighted at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2009. In addition to funding, grantees will receive professional guidance and industry exposure as needed.

Apply Now! Deadline is August 1, 2008.

Visit  for complete details.

**This Fund supports compelling filmmakers (screenwriter, directors, producers) who have projects at any stage of development, production or post-production that have themes or characters broadly relevant to science, technology or mathematics.  





If you're in LA the next couple weeks, you can check this out...

Cinnafilm (TM) HD1: Digital Alchemy in Your Studio

The HD1 is the industry's first all-in-one, software-based format conversion platform, designed exclusively for film simulation and unlimited frame rate conversion of digital video. Powered by the latest in graphics processing technologies, the Cinnafilm HD1 tower is a new paradigm shift in digital video processing. The HD1 delivers an array of unparalleled quality format conversions and celluloid simulations in REAL TIME. Cinnafilm HD1 solves the most common problems facing digital productions today in a single, affordable workstation.

You are invited to be one of the first in the industry to see our new product, the Cinnafilm HD1.
We will be showcasing this breakthrough technology in Los Angeles throughout the first half of August ( If you would like to reserve a private demonstration at our Beverly Hills satellite office (week of August 4th through the 8th), please make your reservation at

For additional information on Cinnafilm, please visit 600 Central Ave SE – Suite 229, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA




This item from member Eric Renz-Whitmore:


We've seen the potential effect of politics on our film (and tech media) industry -- and are likely to see some of those effects again. Regardless of your party affiliation, I'd remind you that those who get involved early and make their voices heard can really have influence, particularly in New Mexico, where access is remarkably open.

The Association of Commerce and Industry's business perspective might make these forums interesting -- and the business of media and its positive impact throughout New Mexico is something we want our legislators to understand.

From the NM Business Weekly:
The Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host a series of candidate forums on business issues.

On August 4, Daniel East, Ben Ray Lujan Jr. and Carol Miller, candidates for the Third Congressional District, will be in Santa Fe at the Forum Building at the College of Santa Fe from 5 to 7 p.m.

The same candidates are slated to appear at a forum on August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center.

On August 7, Democrat Harry Teague and Republican Edward Tinsley, running in the Second Congressional District, are slated to appear at the Good Samaritan Society at Las Cruces Village in Las Cruces from 5 to 7 p.m.

And on August 22, Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Darren White, running for the First Congressional District, are scheduled to appear from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Marriott Pyramid North in Albuquerque.

U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, R-NM, and Tom Udall, D-NM, have been invited to attend the forums as well. They are running for the seat held by U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM.

Other partnering organizations on the forums include Women Impacting Public Policy, the Northern New Mexico and the Southwest Borderland Las Cruces-El Paso Chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Las Cruces.   Space is limited and registration is required for the events. For more information, go to




For the second year, selected audience favorites will travel to four New Mexico cities. Please join us at the following cinemas. All showings are free to the public • Meet the Filmmakers – Q & A after the showings

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Galaxy 8 • 4501 N. Main • Roswell, NM • 6:00 PM

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Jean Cocteau Theater • 418 Montezuma Avenue • Santa Fe, NM • 6:00 PM

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Storyteller Cinema • 110 Old Talpa Canyon Road • Taos, NM • 6:00 PM

Saturday, September 13, 2008
The Fountain Theater • 2469 Calle de Guadalupe •Mesilla, NM • 1:30 PM

You can access the information at: The next NM Filmmakers Showcase will take place in May 2009. If you have any questions please email us at:




Member Candy Jones sent us this announcement:


This very special retreat is spearheaded by Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer Cathy Smith.  Cathy studied with Lakota elders for years and has put together this most spectacular workshop, which will be held in Red Lodge, Montana.

Spend a week immersed in the tipi culture of the Northern Plains.
Experience the Integrity of life within the sacred circle of the Four Directions.
Explore the origins of Plains Indian art and culture.
Be inspired by the majesty of the Beartooth Mountains and the huge
geography that shaped the Native Americans and their spiritual beliefs.
Find the sacred in the everyday and discover your own relationship within it.
Create your Medicine bag, ornament it with beadwork, and infuse it with power.


August 25-31, 2008 in Red Lodge, MT

Red Lodge, Montana                  406-446-3739

Santa Fe, New Mexico               505-438-9852

The Black Hills, South Dakota     505-470-6650




Governor Richardson announces Call for Proposals for third round of "New Visions/New Mexico" Contract Awards 

New Mexico-based filmmakers eligible to receive contracts up to $20,000 –

Panavision again provides two awards of camera rental packages valued at $10,000 each. 

The deadline for proposals is September 5, 2008.  Awardees announced in November. 

A free seminar about preparing a New Visions/New Mexico proposal will take place at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque at 10:00 am on August 8, 2008.  Interested filmmakers should call 505-476-5600 to reserve a seat.

 Applications are available online at, and at the New Mexico Film Office, 418 Montezuma Avenue in Santa Fe.



For further information:

The New Mexico State Fair Art Department is looking for one or two
artists who are willing to participate in our 2008 art show.  Although
the piece can not be entered for contest, it will still be showcase to
be admired by thousands of people.  We are specifically looking for a
small art film with duration of no more than 10 minutes.  The content
of the film is open, but we kindly ask for the film to be suitable for
the entire family since the State Fair is a family oriented event.  The
idea is to promote cinematic arts as part of the art fair.  The main
purpose is to showcase moving images as a hint to what may possibly
happen next year.  Also, the pieces will be showcase in the side of
some galleries for everybody's enjoyment.  As of this year, a category
for moving images is not part of our annual juried show, but we hope
that with your participation we can get the management of the fair, as
well as the community in general, to understand the importance of film
as part of the local arts.

Please feel free to send me an e-mail if you may have any questions
concerning this matter.  The art fair is from September 7 to the 21.
We were hoping to receive proposals ASAP for some of the staff to
preview the features.

Emmanuel Ortega
New Mexico State Fair





The First Annual Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival - September 18 - 21 - will be an opportunity for filmmakers and film-lovers to come together to share a journey into the world of spirit and the supernatural through the rich medium of film. The brainchild of screenwriter and Santa Fe resident Carolyn Cobelo, this four day festival will offer a showcase for talented film makers who are committed to making cutting edge films that explore cross cultural understanding and higher consciousness. It will also be a festival for film-lovers who want to step into a movie house and experience the wonders of spirit and beyond.


There will be a juried sacred art market offering paintings, sculpture, jewelry, music and clothing.

Opening and closing ceremonies will celebrate spirit through dance, ritual and music. There will be themed networking cocktail parties each evening, a Festival Gala, and an awards ceremony.

In addition, the festival will offer a spectrum of educational panels:


Spirit of Film - how to approach film from a spiritual standpoint;


Money & Magnets - how to attract new creativity to the industry;


Spotlight on the Stars - successful actors in the genre.



First Annual Santa Fe Metaphysical Film Festival

September 18-21, 2008

Scottish Rite Temple, Santa Fe, NM

E- metaphysical  T 505-820-6030, F. 505-829-6036



Full Package: All films, Educational Seminars, Cocktail Parties, Galas, Award Ceremony - $325           All Films - $300         Individual Film Tickets - $12



For more information, to volunteer and for submission details, please go to: or T. 505-820-6030






The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 15 - 17, 2008 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


The Grant Institute's Grants 101 course is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This course is characterized by its ability to act as a thorough overview, introduction, and refresher at the same time. In this course, participants will learn the entire proposal writing process and complete the course with a solid understanding of not only the ideal proposal structure, but a holistic understanding of the essential factors, which determine whether or not a program gets funded. Through the completion of interactive exercises and activities, participants will complement expert lectures by putting proven techniques into practice. This course is designed for both the beginner looking for a thorough introduction and the intermediate looking for a refresher course that will strengthen their grant acquisition skills. This class, simply put, is designed to get results by creating professional grant proposal writers.


Participants will become competent program planning and proposal writing professionals after successful completion of the Grants 101 course. In three active and informative days, students will be exposed to the art of successful grant writing practices, and led on a journey that ends with a masterful grant proposal.


Grants 101 consists of three (3) courses that will be completed during the three-day workshop.


(1) Fundamentals of Program Planning

(2) Professional Grant Writing

(3) Grant Research


Registration is $597.00.  Tuition includes all materials and certificates.

Each student will receive:

*The Grant Institute Certificate in Professional Grant Writing

*The Grant Institute's Guide to Successful Grant Writing

*The Grant Institute Grant Writer's Workbook with sample proposals, forms, and outlines


Registration Methods:

1) On-Line - Complete the online registration form at under Register Now. We'll send your confirmation by e-mail.


2) By Phone - Call (888) 824 - 4424 to register by phone. Our friendly Program Coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.


3) By E-mail - Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to and we will reserve your slot and send your Confirmation Packet.



The call for submissions is now open for the 2008 Big Bang Film Festival (BBFF).  BBFF is a celebration of exciting and inventive films in the Action, Adventure, Suspense and Asian Action Cinema genres.  BBFF also welcomes documentary submissions featuring extreme sports and athletic events, activities and competitions which have contributed some of the most entertaining video of death defying speed, skill and daring.  Each year Big Bang Film Festival showcases amazing films, some classics, some classics in the making.  Every submission is posted on the BBFF Submissions Page so that all of our filmmakers can link to their listing.

We are now calling for submissions. Visit our website for more information on the festival, our submission process, special events, and opportunities to join our team!

Big Bang Film Festival
Philadelphia, PA
October 1-5 2008
Action, Adventure, Suspense and Asian Action Cinema.               






The Taos Shortz Film Fest is withoutadoubt the hottest festival of short films in Northern New Mexico.  Finally, there is an opportunity for indie filmmakers to strut their creative stuff amidst the mountains and mesas of Taos.  With thousands of film fests,why should you come to Taos? If you have to ask, you haven't been here yet.

We hope to bring to our film fest, adventures in your creativity; be it drama, satire, comedy or just plain fun!  Have a tale to tell?  A secret to reveal?   A truth that screams to be heard?
We accept submissions of animation, fiction, documentary, experimental  and a category of "cell phone" films…

Entries about alternative building, green power or the environment are also encouraged.
After all, Taos, New Mexico is the solar capitol of the world.


Taoseños have a legendary and illustrious appreciation for the cinematic arts. Taos Shortz holds for you, a chance to see and be seen.






Member Mary Lance sent us this information:

I thought you might want to list this call for entries from the French film festival Films des Femmes in the newsletter. It's a great festival. This year, the topic is Invisible Borders.

Thanks a lot for a great newsletter!


31e Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil et Val de Marne
13-22 mars 2009


THEME:  "Invisible Borders"

150 films
50 VIP guests
Surprise self-portrait! a well known American actress will be our guest star
A special night featuring female cinema of gender films

Our eyes, our hearts, our memory, remember the laughter, revolts, angers, fantasies of women filmmakers worldwide that came to share and celebrate in images our 30 years of Festival.

The concept of border reacts to more subtle, more hidden, even invisible and discriminatory effects. The largest geographical border runs over 8893 km between the United States and Canada. The smallest, 3km, which separates the Vatican from the rest of Italy? But what about the invisible borders between cultures; between us and others?
Our 2009 program guideline will be political and will be articulated on a parallel between the United States of Europe and the United States of America with a 30 film program coming from both continents and a large brainstorming Forum on the impact of cultural diversity throughout cinema made by women. This section will feature images of rich intercultural communities on both continents in order to point out new borders and explore all new film styles.
A special night featuring female cinema of gender films will bring together police, fantastic and science fiction, erotic films or even vampire horror movies made by women.

The surprise Self-portrait of an American actress shows our will to invite most outstanding professional and talented personalities. Why not? Isabella Rossellini (lets cross our fingers)! Didn't she just make "porno green" film for cell phones! New: 2nd European WFFN network meeting (Women Filmmaker's International), with the special edition of a book focused on women filmmakers specificity including 30 portraits of filmmakers discovered at Creteil.
Lots of History, memory, territorial issues and you will just love it!

Come to where it makes a difference!

Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil et du Val de Marne (AFIFF)
Maison des Arts
Place Salvador Allende



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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

[MISP] Fwd: [NM Media Industry News] Los Alamos National Labs and the Future of Simulation

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A couple of NM items in the news -- seems we're well-known all over these days.  In addition to the below, there's an update on Comic Con coverage of NM-shot films, The Spirit and Terminator:

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One of the interesting things people are working on in New Mexico is the very highest form of simulation. This may not be immediately applicable to traditional media work, but... the products and techniques spun off may help drive the future of virtual reality.
By Davide Castelvecchi July 27th, 2008

Simulating the complexity of quantum physics would quickly overwhelm even the most advanced of today's computers.

If The Matrix really existed, it would probably have to be a quantum simulator. The fictional computer in that story can create virtual worlds indistinguishable from the real one and project them into people's minds. But the real world includes quantum phenomena, something ordinary computers can't fully simulate.

Now physicists have created a rudimentary prototype of a machine that simulates quantum phenomena using quantum physics, rather than using data kept in a classical computer. While the new device can't make people fly like the Matrix does, it demonstrates a technique that could enable physicists to create, in the virtual world, materials that don't yet exist in nature and perhaps figure out how to build, in the real world, superconductors that work at room temperature, for example.

Tobias Schätz of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany and his collaborators built a model of the smallest solid object imaginable — one made of two atoms — by suspending two ions in a vacuum. The researchers used laser light to vary the electrical repulsion of the ions in order to simulate the magnetic interaction of atoms. Essentially, the machine could use one force of nature to simulate the other.

In a paper published online by Nature Physics on July 27, the researchers describe how their system reproduced the magnetic alignment of atoms that takes place when certain materials are exposed to magnetic fields.

"This is pretty important that they've been able to demonstrate the principle," says John Chiaverini of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

"I feel the experiment is an important initial step in the emerging field of quantum simulation," says David Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo., whose group in 2002 pioneered a more limited quantum simulation technique by trapping single ions. The new experiment "demonstrates important tools that can potentially be implemented on much larger systems whose simulations are intractable by classical means," he says.

It was the late physicist Richard Feynman who pointed out in 1982 that ordinary computers can't possibly simulate true quantum behavior of a large number of particles. That's because of the phenomenon of superposition, which allows a particle to be in two states at the same time. For example, the spin of an atom — the quantum version of a bar magnet — can point simultaneously up and down.

Feynman reasoned that to simulate, say, the spin states of an object made of two atoms, a computer has to keep track of four possible combinations of spins: up-up, up-down, down-up, and down-down. For three atoms, eight possibilities exist, and the number keeps growing exponentially. For n atoms, the number is 2n, which gets very large very quickly. "This 2n — that's what kills classical computers," says Schätz.

Chiaverini says even state-of-the-art supercomputers quickly get overwhelmed with all the calculations required to predict how all those spin states will evolve in time. "You run out of steam at about 40 spins," he says.

Eventually, Feynman envisioned, a general purpose, programmable quantum computer could itself carry out quantum simulations. But such machines are still decades away, most researchers say, while machines designed only for quantum simulations may become available sooner.
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Posted By e to NM Media Industry News at 7/27/2008 11:05:00 AM

The Duke City Shootout: 7 movies in 7 days, premiering August 2nd. More info at

Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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