Breakthrough Heralds The Quantum Internet

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Quantum Computing may be years away, but researchers at the University of Melbourne have just taken us one step closer.

While previous quantum computing experiments have depended on exotic technologies, the Aussies were able to read the “spin” of an individual electron in silicon using a single electron reader. This spin is basically the way quantum computers are powered, and this research proves that the same silicon fab processes that powers traditional computers will be applicable.

“This opens the world of quantum technologies and allows us to do things that are either very difficult or impossible to do on a classical computer,” Professor Jamieson told AAP. “It will potentially be a new type of internet – quantum internet – where information is transmitted and stored in fundamentally new ways.”

Research results of this finding, led by Professor Andrew Dzurak, have been published in the journal Nature.