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Published: Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:45am

JILA researchers are devising methods to network quantum computers. These networks will exponentially increase computing power and vastly improve information security by harnessing quantum entanglement.  Through use of a “quantum drum,” JILA researchers have translated microwave and optical frequencies with nearly 50% efficiency. This translation was brought closer to quantum operation by strategic measurements that significantly reduced added noise.

Quantum computers are set to revolutionize society. With their expansive power and speed, quantum computers could reduce today’s impossibly complex problems, like artificial intelligence and weather forecasts, to mere algorithms.

But as revolutionary as the quantum computer will be, its promises will be stifled without the right connections. Peter Burns, a JILA graduate student in the Lehnert/Regal lab, likens this stifle to a world without Wi-Fi.  

“The regular computer was developed 70 years ago, and it took up an entire lab and could barely do basic math,” said Burns. “It wasn’t until the 80’s that people had the idea to connect multiple...

Published: Oct 01, 2006

In the race to develop the world's best optical atomic clock, accuracy and precision are what count. Accuracy is the degree to which a measurement...

Published: Oct 01, 2006

For astrophysicists working to discover the origins of stars and planets, a small clue can go a long way. They can't get a close look at...

Published: Sep 30, 2006

Pancakes of Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) of polar molecules are repulsive and potentially unstable. However, the physics of these dipolar...

Published: Sep 30, 2006

Under ordinary circumstances, making new molecules can be simple and straightforward - just a matter of mixing together some highly reactive...

Published: Jul 28, 2006

"Chemistry is a highly improbable science," says Graduate Student Mike Deskevich, who adds "It's good for life on Earth that...

Published: Jul 25, 2006

When will the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) fly? Fellows Jim Faller and Peter Bender first proposed the basic concept behind LISA...

Published: Jul 17, 2006

The breakdown of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the stratosphere has been implicated in the destruction of Earth's protective ozone layer....

Published: Jul 16, 2006

A solvent is something that dissolves or disperses something else. It's the water in salt water, the alcohol in cough syrup, the lactates or...

Published: Jul 11, 2006

"In the right light, in the right time, everything is extraordinary," according to photographer Aaron Rose. He could have just as easily been...

Published: Jul 07, 2006

Life can be challenging on the biophysics research frontier. Consider gold nanoparticles as a research tool, for example. Gold is ductile and...

Published: Jul 03, 2006

The fine structure constant is getting a lot of attention these days. Known as α, it is the "coupling constant," or measure of...

Published: Jun 17, 2006

There's only one way to prove you've invented a better atomic clock: Come out on top of a comparison of your clock with one of the world's best...

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