Aiding Quantum Information Science with Nanowires

The U.S. Department of Energy is studying nanowires — tiny wires smaller than a human hair — and have unveiled defects in the materials comprising the wires. The opto-electronic devices used transfer the energy from photons into electric pulses. Defects in the wires negatively affect the device performance. The study of these opto-electronic device properties and subsequent revelation of defects in the nanowires permits mending these defects. Potential uses of these devices have been identified to include quantum information manipulation.

Argonne and Brookhaven researchers observed two kinds of defects forming in individual nanowires, depicted here. These nanowires are smaller in diameter than a human hair.

Argonne and Brookhaven researchers observed two kinds of defects forming in individual nanowires, depicted here. These nanowires are smaller in diameter than a human hair. (Credit: Megan Hill/Northwestern University)

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