Quantum Computing Moves Closer to Reality

LONDON, June 23 (UPI) — British and Dutch scientists say they have, for the first time, demonstrated the ability of an electron to exist in two places at once in silicon.

Scientists at the University of Surrey; University College London; Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland; and the Institute for Plasma Physics near Utrecht in The Netherlands said their accomplishment marks a significant step toward the making of an affordable quantum computer.

“This is a real breakthrough for modern electronics and has huge potential for the future,” Professor Ben Murdin at the University of Surrey said. “Lasers have had an ever increasing impact on technology, especially for the transmission of processed information between computers, and this development illustrates their potential power for processing information inside the computer itself.”

The complex research is detailed in the journal Nature.

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