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How Quickly Can you Charge a Prius Battery, Really? Quantum Computing May Answer This. **Controlling quantum phenomena demands utmost in care for the environment the quantum system is in. Manipulating a quantum system must be done in a pristine environment else a loss of the quantum state ensues, rapidly.

It’s a major challenge to developing quantum computing processors. This ability to control quantum systems “is an overwhelmingly fragile task: If we try to manipulate these systems carelessly, significant errors get introduced in the final result.” New work by a team at Aalto University speeds up the process while maintaining the delicate quantum states.

Controlling the impacts from high-speed energy transfers in quantum systems is also being studied. Quantum computing and quantum simulation applications “require fast and highly robust operations.”

About the Prius battery, the team’s lead sees other applications, in a more practical sense: “We would like to understand more deeply the processes related to energy transfer, which are ubiquitous in the natural world and in the technology that surrounds us. For example, are there any fundamental limits to how fast we can charge the battery of an electric car?”

Quantum is coming, and so might the answer to just how fast a car battery could be charged.