Computing - Kwantumcomputer
link could pave the way for world's most
at The University of Manchester have made a major
breakthrough which could pave the way for a new type
of high-speed computer.
Professor Richard Winpenny, of the School of Chemistry and a team of international
researchers, have discovered a new method which could hold the key to creating
the first practical quantum computers.
If built, quantum computers would be the most powerful computers ever made,
with speeds millions of times faster than the average PC for some calculations.
These speeds would be valuable in factoring large numbers, and therefore extremely
useful for encrypting information.
Professor Richard Winpenny and the research team have for the first time demonstrated
how qubit rings, pieces of quantum information, can be linked together.
The breakthrough, which results from three years research, opens up the possibility
of being able to create quantum gates - a more advanced version of processors
found in modern computers.
Professor Winpenny, said: "Linking these molecules not only gives us a much
better understanding of how these molecules interact but it also gives us more
control over how they interact, which is essential if we are to ever successfully
implement quantum gates.
"This is the start rather than the finish in terms of the development of a quantum
computer, but now that we have shown we can do this, it gives us clear targets."
The full results of the research will be published in issue 40 of the Chemistry
Journal Angewandte Chemie. The Paper is entitled: "Linking Rings through Diamines
and Clusters: Exploring Synthetic Methods for Making Magnetic Quantum Gates."
The research, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council (EPSRC), the Royal Society and the European Commission, was carried
out in collaboration with The Italian National Institute for the Physics of
Matter (Modena) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Grenoble).
Key to the collaboration is a European funded Network of Excellence MagmaNet -
which has recently been founded to underpin research in molecular magnetism.
For further information:
Simon Hunter, Media Relations Officer, telephone: 0161 2758387 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Winpenny is a Professor within the University
of Manchester's School of Chemistry, which is part
of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
- Download paper: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/112092011/PDFSTART
- Paper authors: Marco Affronte, Ian Casson, Marco
Evangelisti, Andrea Candini, Stefano Carretta,
Christopher A. Muryn, Simon J. Teat, Grigore A.
Timco, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Richard E. P. Winpenny.
- More information on quantum computing: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/quantum-computer.htm
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