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Racetrack Ion Trap A Contender In Quantum Computing Quest

April 2, 2010

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built and tested a device for trapping electrically charged atoms (ions) that potentially could process dozens of ions at once with the most versatile control of any trap demonstrated to date. The novel design is a first attempt to systematically scale up from traps that hold a few ions in a few locations to large trap arrays that can process many ions simultaneously, with the ultimate goal of building a practical quantum computer. This video shows ion transport in quantum computer hardware. Credit: J. Amini/NIST