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Nov 22, 2016

Microsoft’s next big bet? Clue: it’s just hired four top quantum computing scientists

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We told them glad they listen.


Microsoft says it’s doubling down on quantum computing after nabbing four top scientists who will work with a Microsoft hardware veteran to turn research into reality.

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Nov 22, 2016

New Quantum States For Better Quantum Storage

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Quantum and Crystalize formations for data storage.


How can you store quantum information as long as possible? A team from the Vienna University of Technology is making an important step forward in the development of quantum storage.

The memory that we use today for our computers differs only between 0 and 1. However, quantum physics also allows arbitrary superimpositions of states. On this principle, the “superposition principle”, ideas for new quantum technologies are based. A key problem, however, is that such quantum-physical overlays are very short-lived. Only a tiny amount of time you can read the information from a quantum memory reliably, then it is irretrievably lost.

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Nov 22, 2016

New Method Could Make Quantum Computers a Reality Sooner Than We Thought

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In Brief

  • Researchers have created quantum dot light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that can produce entangled photons, which could be used to encode information in quantum computing.
  • As of June, the record for the most photons entangled at a time was 10. Before that, the record was eight and that could only be produced at a rate of around nine events per hour.

Researchers from the Tyndall National Institute have devised a method that would make entangling photons easier, and accelerate our journey towards the quantum computing age.

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Nov 22, 2016

Single photon converter: key component of quantum internet

Posted by in categories: computing, internet, quantum physics

A Polish-British team of physicists has constructed and tested a compact, efficient converter capable of modifying the quantum properties of individual photons. The new device should facilitate the construction of complex quantum computers, and in the future may become an important element in global quantum networks, the successors of today’s Internet.

Quantum internet and hybrid quantum computers, built out of subsystems that operate by means of various physical phenomena, are now becoming more than just the stuff of imagination. In an article just published in the journal Nature Photonics, physicists from the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Physics (FUW) and the University of Oxford have unveiled a key element of such systems: an electro-optical device that enables the properties of individual photons to be modified. Unlike existing laboratory constructions, this new device works with previously unattainable efficiency and is at the same time stable, reliable, and compact.

Building an efficient device for modifying the quantum state of individual photons was an exceptionally challenging task, given the fundamental differences between classical and quantum computing.

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Nov 19, 2016

Nanoantenna Changes Direction of Light and the Prospects of Optical Computing

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Silicon nanoparticles change the direction of light based on the intensity of the lncoming light.

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Nov 18, 2016

Scientists Are Making Computers Talk With Chemicals Instead of Electricity

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And someday it could be put to great use inside your body.

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Nov 18, 2016

This impressive tool uses big data to predict your future

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, internet

Internet users leave a data trail of over 2.5 billion gigabytes of data daily, and this tool gives a look at what could be done with this kind of big data.

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Nov 17, 2016

Tracking the flow of quantum information

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If objects in motion are like rainwater flowing through a gutter and landing in a puddle, then quantum objects in motion are like rainwater that might end up in a bunch of puddles, all at once. Figuring out where quantum objects actually go has frustrated scientists for years.

Now a Yale-led group of researchers has derived a formula for understanding where quantum objects land when they are transmitted. It’s a development that offers insight for controlling open quantum systems in a variety of situations.

“The formula we derive turns out to be very useful in operating a quantum computer,” said Victor Albert, first author of a study published in the journal Physical Review X. “Our result says that, in principle, we can engineer ‘rain gutters’ and ‘gates’ in a system to manipulate quantum objects, either after they land or during their actual flow.”

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Nov 16, 2016

New Monolayer Material Could Unlock Nano-Scale Electronics

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Research out of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering has found a new method for developing electronics at the atomic scale — and it’s difficult to get much smaller than that.

Scientists and engineers have previously tried developing electronics using two-dimensional or monolayer electronic materials like graphene to make transistors, but found that the material’s lack of an energy band gap poses difficulties for semiconductor applications.

The new research by assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Davood Shahrjerdi and doctoral student Abdullah Alharbi, has shown that using a monolayer of tungsten disulfide might be the key to unlocking the potential in nano-scale electronics.

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Nov 16, 2016

Quantum computers can talk to each other via a photon translator

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Diamonds are a computer’s best friend.


Different kinds of quantum computers encode information using their own wavelengths of light, but a device that modifies their photons could allow them to network.

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