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EXPERT REACTION: First quantum integrated circuit manufactured at the atomic scale

EXPERT REACTION: First quantum integrated circuit manufactured at the atomic scale In a world first, Australian quantum computing manufacturer, Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), has today announced they have developed a quantum computing chip that integrates all the necessary components found

In a world first, Australian quantum computing manufacturer, Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), has today announced they have developed a quantum computing chip that integrates all the necessary components found on a classical computer chip but at the atomic scale, making up a functional quantum processor. 

This quantum processor was then put to the test by using it to model a small molecule in which each atom has multiple quantum states - something that traditional computers would struggle to do. 

This opens up the possibility that this quantum processor can be used to model other more complex molecules such as pharmaceuticals, or materials for batteries to give us a better understanding of the way the world works at an atomic level. 

This big step forward has come less than a decade after the team's 2012 declaration that it had fabricated the world's first single atom transistor and has been achieved two years ahead of schedule.

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Silicon Quantum Computing

Australian quantum computing manufacturer, Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), has today announced the world's first integrated circuit manufactured at the atomic scale.

Delivery of this atomic-scale integrated circuit, which operates as an analogue quantum processor, has come less than a decade after the team's 2012 declaration that it had fabricated the world's first single atom transistor and has been achieved two years ahead of schedule.

The team at SQC has used this quantum processor to accurately model the quantum states of a small, organic polyacetylene molecule – definitively proving the validity of the company's technology for modelling quantum systems.

"This is a major breakthrough," says SQC founder, Michelle Simmons AO. "Today's classical computers struggle to simulate even relatively small molecules due to the large number of possible interactions between atoms. Development of SQC's atomic-scale circuit technology will allow the company and its customers to construct quantum models for a…Read full article

Author: Emily Harrop

From: www.scimex.org

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