Teleportation Is Indeed Possible – At Least in the Quantum World – SciTechDaily
While teleportation has been a captivating literary convention for science fiction, it seems to have always existed on the subatomic level. Scientists had already confirmed that information could be passed between photons without any physical link between them, and this week researchers from the University of Rochester and Purdue have suggested info teleportation is possible between electrons too. The research paves the way for new kinds of quantum computing, involving quantum teleportation with all kinds of matter, not just photons in qubit semiconductors.
New research advances Army’s quest for quantum networking – EurekAlert
The secure encryption promised by quantum communication is alluring for many groups, with one of the biggest actors being the military. There are currently two army research projects at the university of Chicago, one of which is utilizing phonons instead of photons for quantum entanglement. The specific properties of phonons give researchers a much bigger time window with entangled states, which is very useful for military applications, as they will be relying on quantum networks to function in uncertain, non-ideal environments.
Fifty perfect photons for ‘quantum supremacy’ – Phys.org
One of the crucial difficulties for quantum computers using entangled particles of light is the necessity for each photon to be perfectly identical. As quantum machines get more and more complex, the required number of perfect photons increases, and so does the chance for error. Scientists at the University of Twente have divided the crystal light-source into multiple domains in order to tailor the properties of photons, bringing us closer to the realization of perfect, identical photons.
China’s quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages – The Conversation
While long-distance, quantum communication has only been possible over 100kms of fiber-optic cable, China’s quantum satellite has just facilitated long-range secure communication over 1200km. The Micius quantum satellite, launched in 2016, has produced a pair of entangled photons and beamed them to two observatories, which were then able to share encrypted data across the furthest distance to date. This achievement ushers in a new era of communication security as quantum cryptography becomes a legitimate, practical communication tool.
The first intuitive programming language for quantum computers – Science Daily
In a field as diverse as quantum computing, the lack of consistency between competing approaches can be a real barrier to collaborative research. A team of scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a universal programming language called Silq, aimed at quantum computer programmers who, up until now, have been using disparate classical computer languages. While Silq automatically identifies and erases the unnecessary values brought over from classical computing, it also provides a simpler, universal quantum language that will help future programmers develop new quantum algorithms.
Honeywell delivers the largest quantum volume yet – Tech Radar
Honeywell has created a computer with a quantum volume of 64, which is more powerful than all other competing computers. The plan is to offer cloud access to their computer, allowing programmers and researchers to solve problems that they previously couldn’t with classical computers. While the scientific paper describing the computer’s performance has not yet appeared, this achievement should place them as the front-runner in quantum cloud computing.
Quantum ‘fifth state of matter’ observed in space for first time – Phys.org
The Bose-Einstein condensate, the fifth state of matter proposed by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein, is a single entity composed of atoms that are cooled to near absolute zero. Too big for the quantum world and too small for conventional physics, this entity is extremely fragile and almost impossible to study on earth due to the interference of magnetic fields. This week NASA observed a Bose-Einstein condensate for the first time in space, which could allow us to test general relativity and search for dark energy and gravitational waves.
Universal Quantum raises $4.5 million to build a large-scale quantum computer – Venturebeat
In the race to develop a quantum computer, the focus has been on large tech companies like Google and IBM, but we’re seeing numerous obscure, smaller tech companies appear as legitimate competitors. Universal Quantum,, a company born out of the University of Sussex has just raised $4.5 million with their ambitious promise to build a trapped ion quantum computer with a billion qubits. It would signal a dramatic shift in the quantum race if these small startups manage to pull of these ambitious quantum projects.
Archer Materials has early-stage validation of quantum computing chip viability – Proactive Investors
One of the main hurdles in quantum computing is our inability to create viable machines that don’t require unnaturally cold temperatures to function. Archer Materials has achieved early-stage validation for their room-temperature quantum chip, placing them among the front-runners of practical quantum computing. While this success has seen an immediate increase in their share price, the real success will be felt in years to come when discoveries like this lead to a functioning, room-temperature quantum computer.
‘Anti-5G quantum machine’ turns out to just be 128MB USB drive – TechRadar
It seems that scammers are atching onto misunderstood, nascent quantum technology to cash in on the 5G conspiracy theory. A $348 USB stick is being marketed as a “Anti-5G Quantum Machine”, promising to use quantum technology to defend from the supposed adverse effects of 5G spouted by conspiracy theorists. Cynically using the complex, inaccessible nature of quantum technology, it is likely that these scams will continue to proliferate as quantum technology develops.
One-of-a-kind microscope enables breakthrough in quantum science – Phys.org
If we wanted to observe the dynamics of light when it is trapped in nano materials, we’d have to rely on computer simulations to give us a proximate image. This week at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, they developed a quantum microscope that records the flow of light, which allows us to observe trapped light directly. This microscopy breakthrough will help us design new quantum materials to store qubits with more stability and improve sharpness and color on existing screens.
Researchers help bring biofriendly materials to drug design for neuro disorders – Science Daily
As part of the gradually developing jump from quantum physics to chemistry and biology, researchers at the University of Texas at El Paso have found that carbon quantum dots can be used to combat certain neurological disorders. This discovery would create a brand new avenue for pharmaceutical companies to help people suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by providing them with tailored, carbon quantum dots.