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Minifridge makes quantum computers last

Study repeatedly manipulates information held in ions

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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.

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