QT Digital Week 2020

Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending June 13, 2020

If we could not find room for it, time to digest it, or a reason to run it during the past week, we have collected it here.  Not a recap for the week, but a cleanup of pieces we received and just could not get to.

Because Quantum is Coming.  Qubit

Technology & Hardware

Making Silicon Photonics Chips More Reliable | More data and new applications are making this technology increasingly attractive, but it’s still not mainstream.  Source: SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING. Ed Sperling  Making Silicon Photonics Chips More Reliable…

Scientists Create Tiniest Semiconductor Laser – 3,000 Times Smaller Than a Millimeter | An international team of researchers led by researchers from ITMO University announced the development of the world’s most compact semiconductor laser that works in the visible range at room temperature. According to the authors of the research, the laser is a nanoparticle of only 310 nanometers in size (which is 3,000 times less than a millimeter) that can produce green coherent light at room temperature. The research article was published in ACS Nano.  Source: SciTech Daily. ITMO University  Scientists Create Tiniest Semiconductor Laser – 3,000 Times Smaller Than a Millimeter …

Probe Expertise For Cryogenic Devices | The promise of quantum computing to solve complex problems far beyond today’s supercomputer capabilities, plus the emergence of high performance image sensors for security, military, and health care use, and other emerging applications are driving the need for test and measurement tools that can operate in extreme low temperatures (below about -150°C down to a few degrees above absolute zero).  Source: SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING. Thomas Funke  Probe Expertise For Cryogenic Devices…  

First Confirmation of New Theory by Metamaterial | Physicists at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, perform research on those topological metamaterials, a central scheme of the Würzburg-Dresden Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat – Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter.  Source: University of Würzburg. Dr. Ronny Thomale  First Confirmation of New Theory by Metamaterial…

How Quantum AI Can Transform Grid Disaster Resilience and Preparedness | Quantum AI offers mathematical and computational advances that could have significant impact on revolutionizing grid resilience practices.  Source: T & D World. Rozhin Eskandarpour, Liuxi Zhang, Amin Khodaei, Aleksi Paaso  How Quantum AI Can Transform Grid Disaster Resilience and Preparedness… 

Business & Industry

Quantum computing is the way forward | China is already a world leader in quantum communications. It has created a quantum science satellite and quantum networks connecting Shanghai and Beijing. While this is slightly different technology to quantum computing, the innovation and interest in quantum mechanics generally is soon to trigger the next level of innovation for the country.  Source: msn news. China Daily  Quantum computing is the way forward …

IBM for Financial Services: Banking Tradition Meets Hybrid Cloud | eWEEK FINANCIAL IT ANALYSIS: Banks are often leading-edge adopters of the latest technological solutions, such as hybrid cloud, digital transformation and artificial intelligence. But there’s always something new to consider, too.  Source: eWeek. Charles King  IBM for Financial Services: Banking Tradition Meets Hybrid Cloud…  

Science & Research

Acoustics put a fresh spin on electron transitions | A Cornell team led by Greg Fuchs, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics in the College of Engineering, in 2013 invented a new way to exert this control by using acoustic waves generated by mechanical resonators. That approach enabled the team to control electron spin transitions (also known as spin resonance) that otherwise wouldn’t be possible through conventional magnetic behavior.  Source: CORNELL CHRONICLE. David Nutt  Acoustics put a fresh spin on electron transitions …

Efficient arbitrary simultaneously entangling gates on a trapped-ion quantum computer | Efficiently entangling pairs of qubits is essential to fully harness the power of quantum computing. Here, we devise an exact protocol that simultaneously entangles arbitrary pairs of qubits on a trapped-ion quantum computer. The protocol requires classical computational resources polynomial in the system size, and very little overhead in the quantum control compared to a single-pair case. We demonstrate an exponential improvement in both classical and quantum resources over the current state of the art. We implement the protocol on a software-defined trapped-ion quantum computer, where we reconfigure the quantum computer architecture on demand. Our protocol may also be extended to a wide variety of other quantum computing platforms.  Source: nature communications. Grzesiak, N., Blümel, R., Wright, K. et al.  Efficient arbitrary simultaneously entangling gates on a trapped-ion quantum computer…  

Government & Policy

Roper Eyes Biotech, New Materials Funding; NGAD Gets PEO | The Air Force’s first Pitch Day for the university focused awards — centering on quantum science (i.e., using high-speed particles of light) — is slated for June 15. The “Quantum Collider and Pitch Day” will focus on quantum communications, computing, timing and sensing, according to the event’s website for the event.  Source: BREAKING DEFENSE. Theresa Hitchens  Roper Eyes Biotech, New Materials Funding; NGAD Gets PEO…

Centre for Quantum Technologies to welcome new Director | The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore is pleased to announce the appointment of José Ignacio Latorre as its new Director. José Ignacio will assume the position on 27 July 2020, taking over from the Centre’s founding Director Artur Ekert. CQT was established as Singapore’s first research centre of excellence in 2007 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Ministry of Education. Nurtured by Artur to grow from a few research groups in theoretical physics and quantum optics into a Centre of some 180 staff and students, CQT today enjoys an international reputation for its interdisciplinary research in quantum technologies.  Source: India EducationDiary.Com. India Education Diary Bureau Admin  Centre for Quantum Technologies to welcome new Director…

Cybersecurity & Cryptography

SKT to expand use of new quantum-powered security solutions | SK Telecom said Thursday [June 10, 2010] it has signed deals with major tech firms to develop security products for self-driving vehicles, internet of things-devices and smartphones using its new quantum-powered security chipset.   Source: The Korea Herald. Shim Woo-hyun  SKT to expand use of new quantum-powered security solutions…