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Qubits Stored at Room Temp For Two Seconds 88

nmpost writes with news of another step toward practical quantum computers. From the article: "Scientists have successfully overcome one of the obstacles in quantum computation by storing data on quantum bits (qubits) for about two seconds at room temperature. Many of the current systems utilize extremely complex and costly equipments to trap an individual electron or atom in a vacuum at absolute zero temperature. However, a team of researchers from Harvard University have solved the problem of working at normal temperature by using diamonds, which are atomically pure materials on Earth."
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Qubits Stored at Room Temp For Two Seconds

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  • Re:Absolute zero (Score:5, Informative)

    by HarrySquatter ( 1698416 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @12:01PM (#40542177)

    That's because "Technorati" horribly mangled what the original Harvard Gazette article said which was:

    Most current systems, by comparison, rely on complex and expensive equipment designed to trap a single atom or electron in a vacuum and then cool the entire system to close to absolute zero.

  • by HarrySquatter ( 1698416 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @12:04PM (#40542201)

    Whoever wrote the Technorati article that the submitter quoted (most likely the same person) seems to be unable to form basic English sentences. The original article just states:

    A group of Harvard scientists, led by Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and including graduate students Georg Kucsko and Peter Maurer and postdoctoral researcher Christian Latta, say they’ve cracked the problem, and they did it by turning to one of the purest materials on Earth: diamonds.

    Apparently the person writing the Technorati article was trying to insert words in to make himself sound smarter and failing at it.

  • by avandesande ( 143899 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @12:11PM (#40542255) Journal

    Actually diamonds are probably one of the less pure materials, because there is no way to refine them like you can with elements that can be zone refined such as silicon. Buckyballs can be refined by fractional crystalization... etc etc.

    Impurities are locked into diamonds.

  • by gregski ( 765387 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @05:27PM (#40544777)

    from the harvard gazette article:

    "In initial experiments, the team used diamonds that contained 99 percent carbon-12 atoms"

    "Working with researchers at Element Six, a British-based company that specializes in manufacturing artificial diamonds, they developed a new technique to create crystals that were even more pure: 99.99 percent carbon-12."

Trap full -- please empty.