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  • A day to celebrate January 20, 2021
    The reason I’m celebrating is presumably obvious to all: today is my daughter Lily’s 8th birthday! (She had a tiny Star Wars-themed party, dressed in her Rey costume.) A second reason I’m celebrating yesterday: I began teaching (via Zoom, of course) the latest iteration of my graduate course on Quantum Complexity Theory! A third reason: […]
  • Qureca Introduces an Online “Quantum for Everyone” Course January 20, 2021
    Qureca's new course is specifically targeted for non-technical business professionals who want to better understand quantum technology so they can build a quantum strategy and find opportunities where it might be applied in their own organization. The course consists of four online lessons which the learner can go through at their own pace. These include: […]
  • Light-controlled Higgs modes found in superconductors; potential sensor, computing uses January 20, 2021
    Researchers have discovered a short-lived form of the famous Higgs boson -- subject of a groundbreaking search at the Large Hadron Collider -- within an iron-based superconductor. This Higgs mode can be accessed and controlled by laser light flashing on the superconductor at trillions of pulses per second.
  • One-dimensional quantum nanowires fertile ground for Majorana zero modes January 19, 2021
    One-dimensional quantum 'nanowires' - which have length, but no width or height - provide a unique environment for the formation and detection of a quasiparticle known as a Majorana zero mode, which are their own antimatter particle. A new advance in detection of these exotic quasiparticles has potential applications in fault-resistant topological quantum computers, and […]
  • Transforming quantum computing’s promise into practice January 19, 2021
    Electrical engineer William Oliver develops technology to enable reliable quantum computing at scale.
  • Taking qubits to the next level January 18, 2021
    Monday, January 18, 2021 Researchers have implemented a gate used in important quantum algorithms in one step on a three-level quantum system—a qutrit—for the first time.
  • Bavarian Government Planning a €300 Million ($362M USD) Investment to Establish a Munich Quantum Valley January 17, 2021
    The German Free State of Bavaria will work with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Technical University of Munich to perform research, development, and education and training in quantum science and technology. Of the €300 million, they plan on spending €120 million ($145M USD) […]
  • Betamax versus VHS; QKD versus PQC January 16, 2021
    It is quite often that two or more technical solutions are created to solve a problem and this can result in standards and format wars to see which one (or both) will survive. One of the classical cases in technology marketing often taught in business schools is the videotape format war in the late 1970’s […]
  • Dutch Quantum Computing Startups Form IMPAQT Consortium January 15, 2021
    The consortium was formed so that independent companies working on different parts of the stack can collaborate to ensure that different building blocks of a quantum computer can interface smoothly. This will allow quantum computer manufacturers to easily integrate subsystems. Members of the consortium include Orange QS, an integrated quantum system provider, Qblox, a quantum […]
  • Origin Quantum Secures Over 100 Million Yuan ($15.4M USD) in Series A Funding January 15, 2021
    The round was led by China Internet Investment Fund with additional participating from Guoxin Fund, CICC Qizhi, Chengdu Industrial Investment, CCB International, Zhongke Yucheng, Zhongtian Fortune, and Pangu Turing. Origin Quantum, established in September 2017 and based in Heifei, China, is developing quantum computers based upon both superconducting and silicon dot technology. A 6 qubit […]
  • New state of matter in one-dimensional quantum gas January 14, 2021
    By adding some magnetic flair to an exotic quantum experiment, physicists produced an ultra-stable one-dimensional quantum gas with never-before-seen 'scar' states - a feature that could someday be useful for securing quantum information.
  • POLARISqb Receives 2020 Innovation Award from PM 360 January 14, 2021
    PM 360 is one of the leading trade magazines in the pharmaceutical marketing world and publishes Innovation Awards on an annual basis to those companies that are innovators in their industry. For 2020 they received hundreds of submissions and selected 64 in variety of categories including companies, products, services, startups, etc. POLARISqb was selected as one […]
  • New way to control electrical charge in 2D materials: Put a flake on it January 14, 2021
    Gaining control of the flow of electrical current through atomically thin materials is important to potential future applications in photovoltaics or computing. Physicists have discovered one way to locally add electrical charge to a graphene device.
  • Pivotal discovery in quantum and classical information processing January 13, 2021
    Researchers have achieved, for the first time, electronically adjustable interactions between microwaves and a phenomenon in certain magnetic materials called spin waves. This could have application in quantum and classical information processing.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim and Google Quantum Partner for Pharmaceutical R&D January 13, 2021
    Founded in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and the largest private one. They are headquartered in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany and employ over 47,700 people. The company has established a three year partnership with Google Quantum to research and implement use cases for quantum computing in pharmaceutical R&D, including molecular […]
  • Amazon’s Qubits – Part 3 – Comparison with Other Technologies January 11, 2021
    By Andre Saraiva, UNSW Superconducting qubits (Google, IBM and Rigetti): This is perhaps the easiest comparison. Amazon’s qubits are pretty much the same size, use similar control and readout techniques and are also setup in a 2D array with fixed addresses for each qubit. The difference is mostly the mode of operation, which Amazon claims […]
  • Qblox Receives CES Innovation Award January 11, 2021
    One of the largest electronics related trade shows is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) normally held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. For 2021, this show is being held virtually. As part of the event, CES has an CES Innovation Awards program which is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology […]
  • Electrically switchable qubit can tune between storage and fast calculation modes January 11, 2021
    To perform calculations, quantum computers need qubits to act as elementary building blocks that process and store information. Now, physicists have produced a new type of qubit that can be switched from a stable idle mode to a fast calculation mode. The concept would also allow a large number of qubits to be combined into […]
  • Chinese Scientists Create an Integrated Quantum Communications Network in China January 10, 2021
    The network covers a distance of 4,600 kilometers (about 2850 miles) and includes both ground based fiber as well as satellite links. The fiber portion covers a route that goes from Shanghai to Heifei to Jinan to Beijing with a link to satellite ground station in Xinglong that can communicate to another satellite ground station […]
  • Quantum revolution challenges the world will face January 8, 2021
    From Interesting Engineering, Jan. 5, 2021: A recent breakthroughs in transmitting, storing, and manipulating quantum information have convinced some physicists that a simple proof of principle for a quantum network is imminent. In 2017, a number of institutions partnered with Fermilab to begin constructing a quantum network hosted at Fermilab.
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