Hi, everybody. I'm hoping that someone will be able to answer my questions. How competitive is the field of quantum information theory (quantum computers, quantum algorithms, quantum cryptology etc...)? Are graduate slots hard to get? I would like to study quantum information in graduate school, but there are only a small number of professors working in the area, and most of them are at hard to get into institutions, e.g. caltech, mit, waterloo, UCSB, oxford, cambridge, etc (I'm American btw). I have good grades (math and physics major) and one research paper in computational physics, but I'm concerned that it won't be enough. Any advice?
If quantum information is really difficult to get into, I'd rather not risk being rejected by every school and end up having to take a year off from school; I'd rather just choose another field of study. My backup plan, and something I have a genuine interest in, is neuroengineering (bci's). Getting into the top schools in that field is not hard as long as you have good grades and some research.