Quantum Data Storage Breakthrough Brings Quantum Computing One Step Closer

See on Scoop.itTracking the Future

One of the biggest impediments to developing practical quantum computing is preserving information. That’s because unlike a regular bit on the computer you’re reading, which can either exist as either a 1 or a 0, a quantum bit (“qubit”) can exist in a quantum superposition – meaning it exists simultaneously in all of its possible states until it’s observed. As a result, information stored as qubits has a tendency to develop errors and degrade in fractions of a second.
Scientists in the field of quantum computing have been working for years to find a method to correct the errors in quantum data storage, allowing that information to exist for longer periods of time. And now a team of researchers from Dartmouth and the University of Sydney have developed a method that may allow for quantum information to be stored for long periods of time while keeping the error rate low.

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