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German Researchers Take Next Step In Quantum Communications
2013-04-03 14:44:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Quantum-based communications is still in its infancy, but the technology is widely expected to become used as the next generation of secure data transfer. According to a new report in Nature Photonics, a group of German physicists has announced the successful transmission of a quantum security key from an aircraft to a ground station via laser, overcoming one of the technology´s biggest hurdles: the ability to transmit and receive...

Quantum Computers Are In Lockheed's Future
2013-03-24 06:27:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A US-based aerospace and defense developer is looking to become the first company in the world to use quantum computing technology as part of its commercial business ventures. According to Quentin Hardy of the New York Times, Lockheed Martin is planning to use one of the next generation computers, which theoretically will be able to complete complex calculations exponentially faster than modern technology, to help create and test...

Major Step Towards Quantum 'Internet' Signaled By Laser-like Photons
2013-03-19 13:30:09

University of Cambridge The realization of quantum networks is one of the major challenges of modern physics. Now, new research shows how high-quality photons can be generated from 'solid-state' chips, bringing us closer to the quantum 'internet'. The number of transistors on a microprocessor continues to double every two years, amazingly holding firm to a prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore almost 50 years ago. If this is to continue, conceptual and technical advances...

2013-03-11 10:28:15

New tech­nolo­gies that exploit quan­tum behav­ior for com­put­ing and other appli­ca­tions are closer than ever to being real­ized due to recent advances, accord­ing to a review arti­cle pub­lished this week in the jour­nal Sci­ence. These advances could enable the cre­ation of immensely pow­er­ful com­put­ers as well as other appli­ca­tions, such as highly sen­si­tive detec­tors capa­ble...

2013-03-08 12:16:22

Technology will continue to be a leader in the development of quantum computing architectures Recently Science Magazine invited JQI fellow Chris Monroe and Duke Professor Jungsang Kim to speculate on ion trap technology as a scalable option for quantum information processing. The article is highlighted on the cover of this week's issue, which is dedicated to quantum information. The cover portrays a photograph of a surface trap that was fabricated by Sandia National Labs and used to trap...

Black Holes: Getting Around The Firewall Paradox
2013-03-07 04:37:54

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Black holes are incredibly difficult objects to understand, partially because their very existence seemingly challenges the physical laws of the Universe. Because of their extreme nature, various peculiarities arise that give scientists pause. One such case was proposed by Stephen Hawking, the famed cosmologist, back in the 1970s. He noted that because of the extreme gravity that exists within the event horizon of a...

2013-03-04 13:22:04

Physicists make first direct measurements of polarization states of light Researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of Ottawa have applied a recently developed technique to directly measure for the first time the polarization states of light. Their work both overcomes some important challenges of Heisenberg's famous Uncertainty Principle and also is applicable to qubits, the building blocks of quantum information theory. They report their results in a paper published...

Researchers Believe Quantum Satellites Will Be The Next Space Race
2013-03-01 20:16:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Two researchers from the University of Waterloo, Canada say the next big space race is building the first global quantum-communication satellite network. Up until now, the furthest quantum-communication signals have traveled is just a few hundred miles. However, this technology is up-and-coming, and is what Thomas Jennewein and Brendon Higgins believe will be driving the next space race. Quantum communication is the science...

2013-02-25 13:45:45

The team implemented the 'phase estimation algorithm' – a central quantum algorithm which achieves an exponential speedup over all classical algorithms. It lies at the heart of quantum computing and is a key sub-routine of many other important quantum algorithms, such as Shor's factoring algorithm and quantum simulations. Dr Xiao-Qi Zhou, who led the project, said: "Before our experiment, there had been several demonstrations of quantum algorithms, however, none of them implemented...


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