…A team of researchers at the MPQ has pioneered the integration of erbium atoms with special optical properties into a silicon crystal…

…The atoms can thus be connected by light at a wavelength that is commonly used in telecommunications.  This makes them ideal building blocks for future quantum networks that enable calculations with several quantum computers, as well as the secure exchange of data in a quantum internet…

…Since the new experimental results were achieved without sophisticated cooling and are based on established methods of semiconductor production, the method appears suitable for large networks…

Image: Artistic interpretation of the experiment, in which individual erbium atoms (red and orange) are integrated into a silicon chip (Image MPQ).

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