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2010-09-15 17:29:25

The PhD thesis by Carlos Echeverría Arrondo, Doctor in Physics from the Public University of Navarre and entitled "On doped semiconductor quantum dots and magnetic nanowires", studied the behaviour and properties of nanometric-scale semiconductor crystals. The interest aroused by nanoscience and nanotechnology spurred Dr Echeverría to study the behaviour of semiconductor crystals when their size is reduced to less than one hundred nanometres (a nanometre is...

2010-08-09 14:26:30

Dr. David Awschalom, professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Materials Research Society Turnbull award for research funded in large measure by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The David Turnbull Award, one of the three highest honors bestowed upon scientists by MRS, will be awarded to Dr. Awschalom at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Ma. for his achievements and leadership in establishing the field of...

2010-08-05 14:28:52

Physicists demonstrate means for quantum bits to communicate over long distances A team of Harvard physicists led by Mikhail D. Lukin has achieved the first-ever quantum entanglement of photons and solid-state materials. The work marks a key advance toward practical quantum networks, as the first experimental demonstration of a means by which solid-state quantum bits, or "qubits," can communicate with one another over long distances. Quantum networking applications such as long-distance...

2010-07-27 15:39:09

Uncertainty in the presence of a quantum memory A quantum particle is hard to grasp, because one cannot determine all its properties precisely at the same time. Measurements of certain parameter pairs such as position and momentum remain inaccurate to a degree given by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. This is important for the security of quantum cryptography, where information is transmitted in the form of quantum states such as the polarization of particles of light. A group of...

2010-07-27 13:39:36

Location-based security is ensured by using quantum mechanics A research group led by computer scientists at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has proved that cryptography "” the practice and study of hiding information "” that is based solely on physical location is possible by using quantum mechanics. Such a method, the researchers say, allows one to encrypt and decrypt data at a secure location without pre-sharing any cryptographic keys that can...

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2010-07-08 13:45:17

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions (electrically charged atoms), allowing quantum information stored in the ions to be measured. The advance could simplify quantum computer design and serve as a step toward swapping information between matter and light in future quantum networks. Described in a forthcoming issue of Physical Review Letters,* the new device...

2010-07-01 12:02:29

Since Richard Feynman's first envisioned the quantum computer in 1982, there have been many studies of potential candidates -- computers that use quantum bits, or qubits, capable of holding an more than one value at a time and computing at speeds far beyond existing silicon-based machines for certain problems. Most of these candidate systems, such as atoms and semiconducting quantum dots, work for quantum computing, but only at very low temperatures. Now a team of researchers from the Wuhan...

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2010-06-23 14:18:17

The remarkable ability of an electron to exist in two places at once has been controlled in the most common electronic material "“ silicon - for the first time. The research findings - published in Nature by a UK-Dutch team from the University of Surrey, UCL (University College) London, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics near Utrecht - marks a significant step towards the making of an affordable "quantum computer". According to the research...

2010-06-22 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) BBN Technologies has achieved a major advance in quantum information technology with the coupling of light and superconductors. The achievement is described in a paper, "Direct Observation of Coherent Population Trapping in a Superconducting Artificial Atom," that was recently published in Physical Review Letters. Written by three Raytheon BBN physicists, William R. Kelly, Zachary Dutton, and Thomas A. Ohki,...

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2010-06-07 13:56:45

Any physical system - be it an electron, a molecule of water, a virus, a human being, a whole planet "“ is characterized at each moment in time distinctively and specifically in a specific place by particular characteristics. This is what we call the "state of the system", but when one tries to describe said "state" precisely according to our current knowledge of the laws governing the universe, it is necessary to appeal to abstract formulations since the laws of quantum physics, the...


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