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Building a Better Quantum Bit


Researchers froze neon gas into a solid at very low temperatures, sprayed electrons from a light bulb onto the solid, and trapped a single electron there to create a qubit.

Credit: Dafei Jin/Argonne National Laboratory

You are no doubt viewing this article on a digital device whose basic unit of information is the bit, either 0 or 1. Scientists worldwide are racing to develop a new kind of computer based on the use of quantum bits, or qubits, which can simultaneously be 0 and 1 and could one day solve complex problems beyond any classical supercomputers.

A team led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in close collaboration with FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Wei Guo, has announced the creation of a new qubit platform that shows great promise to be developed into future quantum computers. Their work is published in Nature.

"Quantum computers could be a revolutionary tool for performing calculations that are practically impossible for classical computers, but there is still work to do to make them reality," said Guo, a paper co-author. "With this research, we think we have a breakthrough that goes a long way toward making qubits that help realize this technology's potential."

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