Aug 9, 2016

Laser-firing chip signals huge leap for quantum computing

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Although I shared this news yesterday, this article provide some added details.

Efforts towards realising a practical quantum computer have been given a huge boost after a team of researchers made successful advances in qubit miniaturisation.

Qubits or quantum bits are the basic building blocks behind quantum computing and hold the capacity to process enormous computational tasks in real-time. However, working out how to miniaturise the technology remains a huge obstacle to quantum computer development.

One approach to the challenge involves trapped ions, but this requires large and complicated hardware components. Now, researchers at MIT are developing a prototype chip which is able to trap ions in an electric field and control them using targeted laser technology.

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