(CSM) Why the age of quantum computing is nearer than you think

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Tech-buffs, investors, IT industrialists, and boffins alike eagerly await the day when the science of quantum computing yields practical technology. Physicists of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), recently published research that, they believe, has brought that pivotal day closer.

For many years, physicists have sought to create an information network far superior to today's by exploiting quantum phenomena. The team of German researchers have constructed the first vital component of such a network: a link between two atomic nodes over which information can be received, sent, and stored using a single photon. Successful exchanges of information recently took place in Garching, Germany, between two MPQ labs connected by a 60-meter fiber-optic cable. Though only a prototype, this rudimentary network could be scaled up to more complex and distanced quantum networks. The team reports their research in Nature.

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Posted April 13, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Beam me up, Scotty.

April 13, 8:58 am | [comment link]
2. Yebonoma wrote:

To quote Vice President Biden - “This is really f…ing important.”  Now, let’s see if they can disentangle the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle from this finding.

April 13, 9:34 am | [comment link]
3. Scatcatpdx wrote:

On more step closer to the singularity.

April 13, 4:17 pm | [comment link]
4. jkc1945 wrote:

If only our moral behavior could keep up with our knowledge.  Sigh

April 13, 9:51 pm | [comment link]
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