Scientists Build a Quantum Computer Inside a Diamond

However, in quantum computing these imperfections have been found to deliver a huge benefit. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) said that were able to build a quantum computer system within a diamond that leveraged imperfections. The spin of a rogue nitrogen nucleus was employed as on qubit and the spin of an electron in another flaw was used as a second qubit.

In contrast to typical quantum computing experiments that may take place in liquid or gas, the diamond-based environment protects quantum computing operations from decoherence, or loss of information caused by influencing factors described as noise. According to the researchers, solid-state quantum computing systems have been built before, but they claim their invention is the first system that uses decoherence protection and "microwave pulses to continually switch the direction of the electron spin rotation."

The research appears to be just an experiment at this time and while it was proven to work in a quantum computing fashion by matching Grover's Algorithm at a rate of about 95 percent, it is not in any proximity of a prototype computing device. Needless to say, there was no information on a commercial feasibility of the idea to build and scale a quantum computing system in diamonds.

  • werewolfyman
    Yeah, but can your proposal run Crysis?
  • stingstang
    werewolfymanYeah, but can your proposal run Crysis?GTFO of here, werewolfman. We don't need that crap here.
  • Onus
    A much better title would have been "Scientists Test the Quantum Computing Characteristics of a Diamond."
  • A Bad Day
    Hopefully diamond to silicon is like transistor to vacuum tube.
  • xurwin
    wow, now that's what we can call the most expensive diamond
  • friskiest
    Would these work on bort diamonds?
  • CaedenV
    *sigh* Tom's, you are all slipping up in the grammar department again. Just how hard it is to run your article through word first and see if there are any glaring mistakes?
  • drwho1
    On other news: Graphic cards may soon start using diamonds as they are known to resist very high temperatures. As for price, we are told "not to worry", they will be available in exchange for a few internal organs.
  • willard
    werewolfymanYeah, but can your proposal run Crysis?Kudos for making the first funny Crysis joke in years.
  • TeraMedia
    @caedenv: As your own post exemplifies, Word doesn't catch every grammar mistake... Cheers.