Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2011 12:59 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Scientists have taken the next major step toward quantum computing, which will use quantum mechanics to revolutionize the way information is processed. Quantum computers will capitalize on the mind-bending properties of quantum particles to perform complex calculations that are impossible for today's traditional computers. Using high magnetic fields, Susumu Takahashi, assistant professor in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and his colleagues managed to suppress decoherence, which is one of the key stumbling blocks in quantum computing."
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RE: For an ignorant outsider...
by iskios on Thu 21st Jul 2011 16:18 UTC in reply to "For an ignorant outsider..."
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From the article itself: Think of decoherence as a form of noise or interference, knocking a quantum particle out of superposition — robbing it of that special property that makes it so useful. If a quantum computer relies on a quantum particle's ability to be both here and there, then decoherence is the frustrating phenomenon that causes a quantum particle to be either here or there.

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