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Minifridge makes quantum computers last

Study repeatedly manipulates information held in ions

5:35pm, August 6, 2009

Beryllium ions that keep their cool can store and transfer information, bringing powerful quantum computers a step closer to reality. Researchers combined all of the ingredients required for a functional quantum computer and found the parts could operate reliably, a study appearing online August 6 in Science reports.

“This is one of the most advanced systems that has ever been reported,” comments Steven Olmschenk of the University of Maryland in College Park.

Quantum computers have the potential to breeze through calculations much faster than conventional com

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