While quantum computing advances so far have involved big apparatus to cool the hardware involved down to the neighborhood of absolute zero, Harvard researchers are reporting on the results of research that could one day may quantum computers a lot more manageable.
The research is published in the latest edition of Science; you’ll find a handy summary in the Harvard Gazette:
Surmounting several distinct hurdles to quantum computing, physicists at Harvard University have found that individual carbon-13 atoms in a diamond lattice can be manipulated with extraordinary precision to create stable quantum mechanical memory and a small quantum processor, also known as a quantum register, operating at room temperature. The finding brings the futuristic technology of quantum information systems into the realm of solid-state materials under ordinary conditions.
(Tip o’ the hat to Sun’s HPC Watercooler .)