The computing world has been abuzz for years regarding the concept of developing quantum computing. Now, two research teams from Australia have made a major breakthrough in the first stages of this technology by developing the first silicon quantum silicon chip.
This chip is said to be able to hold data well over 99% accuracy.
The teams developed the breakthrough at the lab at UNSW (University of South Wales) in Australia. Believe it or not but both teams found solutions to creating the technology. Called ‘qubits’ the term for quantum bits, these ‘qubits’ stand as the basic foundation for quantum computing. Each displayed the ability to process quantum data with over a 99% accuracy.
Getting the ‘qubits’ wot work at extremely low error rates means that making quantum computing a reality gets closer. Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW explained in his statement. His team created what is called an artificial atom qubit which is similar in engineering to the silicon transistors that we find in today’s electronics. Lead author of the paper, Menno Veldhorst stated that it is amazing that they could achieve what they have using the same tools already in existence for phones and computers.
The big achievement is that there are ways to correct errors, in order for this quantum technology to work is that the error rate has to be less than 1% and that’s what they’ve achieved. It was observing what they refer to as a natural qubit, in particular the phosphorus atom qubit. The phosphorus atom holds two qubits, the electron and nucleus. Focusing on the nucleus they achieved that 99.99% accuracy which translate in just one error for every 10,000 quantum operations, outlined Dr. Juha Muhonen from the other team.
This is indeed a major breakthrough in computing of all sorts. The sheer magnitude of the possible applications of this technology, once made available, could stagger the minds of mankind as a whole. Ships and vehicles and planes that can sense and avoid danger at mind blurring speeds. Operational systems that can diagnose and repair themselves. Space and medical applications that could analyze potential hazards or create remedies at the drop of a hat once the data is put into them.
Quantum computing is far more advanced than it may seem here but in the near future it will be part of the fundamental infrastructure to all our lives from now on.