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Quantum Chip: Device handles ions as if they were data

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1:08pm, January 4, 2006

Physicists have created a microchip that can hold an electrically charged atom and move it back and forth within a narrow channel. These manipulations lay the groundwork for using trapped ions as data bits in computer chips, the developers of the new device say.

The scientists created the chip as a step toward a new breed of computers, called quantum computers, which represent information using quantum properties of particles (SN: 7/17/04, p. 46: Available to subscribers a

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