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Tiny Fact of the week
In classical computing we have logic gates like AND, OR, and NOT - but in quantum computers things work a bit differently and entirely new gates had to be created. For example, one analogue of a classical NOT gate would be the “Pauli-X gate”, a gate which rotates the qubit (bloch sphere) around the X-axis by 180 degrees. As usual, Wikipedia has a terrific article summarizing the most notable gates.
Earlier this year NASA/USRA hosted the 2018 Adiabatic Quantum Computing Conference, featuring talks on cutting edge tech around quantum computing. Although this stuff is way over my head, I still think it’s super interesting, and you can watch the talks online for free here.
Professor Michelle Simmons’ team at UNSW Sydney has demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms—a breakthrough that brings us one step closer to scalable quantum computing.
The neutral-atom quantum computer, proposed by the Penn State group and other researchers around the world, uses a cesium atom in a laser trap (the gold standard of precision timekeeping) as the quantum bit on which the compute engine is based.
Quantum computing’s value to our physical infrastructure may not be obvious, but it’s critical that infrastructure leaders start taking an interest in quantum computing and its ability to multiply the value of other emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Two of Europe’s key electronics and nanotechnologies research institutes — imec in Belgium and CEA-Leti in France — will collaborate to develop a European hub for artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
The breakthrough by scientists at Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) and their partners at JSR Corp was the ability to model multi-reference states of molecules. Multi-reference states are often needed to describe the “excited states” arising when molecules interact.
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