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The rate at which quantum computing is hitting the media stream is ever-increasing. This piece is a compilation derived from The Shorts posted on The Qubit Report this week.  Mea Cubitt

Business & Industry

Renergen’s deal with Argonon could create the first ever helium spot market | South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s (ASX:RLT) deal with helium trader Argonon could be the catalyst to establishing more pricing transparency in the sector, the company said today. RLT has just completed a helium forward sale agreement for 100,000 units – each representing a thousand standard cubic feet (MCF) – at 99.999% purity over 19 years, to Argonon. Source: STOCKHEAD. Renergen’s deal with Argonon could create the first ever helium spot market…

Quantum reality check: Gartner expects more 10 years of hype but CIOs should start finding use cases now | At the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo, analyst Chirag Dekate had a brutally honest assessment of the state of quantum computing: embryonic at best. What’s worse, we’re in for at least 10 more years of hype about the technology before it starts delivering value, according to Gartner’s 2021 Hype Cycle for Compute Infrastructure. Source: FORRESTER. Quantum reality check: Gartner expects more 10 years of hype but CIOs should start finding use cases now…

Quantum Computing in Transportation Market Research Report, Size, Share, Price Trends and Forecast to 2025 | United States, OR Poland): The Quantum Computing in Transportation Market report is composed of major as well as secondary players describing their geographic footprint, products and services, business strategies, sales and market share, and recent developments among others. Furthermore, the Quantum Computing in Transportation report highlights the numerous strategic initiatives such as product launches, new business agreements and collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technological advancements that have been implemented by the major market players for to firmly establish itself in the Quantum Computing in Transportation industry. Source: openPR. Quantum Computing in Transportation Market Research Report, Size, Share, Price Trends and Forecast to 2025…

Q-CTRL named to Most Innovative Companies List by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine | Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, today announced it was named to The Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS Most Innovative Companies list for its efforts to improve quantum computer stability and deliver useful performance to end users with its AI-based quantum firmware solutions. Source: EurekAlert!. Q-CTRL named to Most Innovative Companies List by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine…

NTT Research and NTT Social Informatics Laboratories to Present Security Research Findings at Eurocrypt 2021 | NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT (TYO:9432), today announced that members of its Cryptography & Information Security (CIS) Lab and of the NTT Social Informatics Laboratories co-authored 10 papers that are being presented at Eurocrypt 2021, one of three flagship conferences organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). This year’s event will occur virtually and in person October 18­­–21 and features 13 sessions, 78 papers and 2 invited talks. This year’s physical event will take place at The Westin Zagreb, in Zagreb, Croatia. The proceedings of Eurocrypt 2021, the 40 th Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Source: AP NEWS. NTT Research and NTT Social Informatics Laboratories to Present Security Research Findings at Eurocrypt 2021…

Multiverse Computing Closes €10M Seed Funding Round | Multiverse Computing, a San Sebastian, Spain-based quantum computing startup dedicated to finance, closed a seed funding round of €10m (USD $11.55m). Source: MULTIVERSE. Multiverse Computing Closes €10M Seed Funding Round…

Fujitsu Commences Joint Research with World-Leading Institutions for Innovations in Quantum Computing | Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the launch of three collaborative research projects with world-leading research institutions: one with RIKEN and the University of Tokyo, another with Osaka University, and the other with the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands (hereafter, TU Delft). To make practical quantum computing a reality, Fujitsu will conduct research on a number of the associated technology layers, from the device level to control systems, architecture and algorithms. Through this collaborative research, Fujitsu aims to achieve comprehensive and efficient advances in quantum computing. By applying quantum computing to various fields currently facing problems that are extremely difficult to solve, Fujitsu aims to provide even greater value to customers and contribute to a sustainable society going forward. Source: JCNNEWSWIRE. Fujitsu Commences Joint Research with World-Leading Institutions for Innovations in Quantum Computing…

embedded news week: U.K. chip startups, natural language quantum | In the embedded world, semiconductor startups in the U.K. are not as fortunate as those in the U.S. or Israel where a larger pool of investors understand the amount of capital and time needed to scale up a chip company. I had the opportunity to sit in on a debate among senior executives and veterans of the U.K. chip ecosystem at a very appropriate venue, Bletchley Park in the U.K., which hosts the National Museum of Computing and the code-breaking machines used during the second world war. The event, hosted by chip industry incubator Silicon Catalyst and the National Microelectronics Institute resulted in a discussion that aimed to address the issues faced by British semiconductor startups. You can read my report on it here. Source: embedded. embedded news week: U.K. chip startups, natural language quantum…

Development Strategies for Digital Banks | When reading popular websites about digital trends in banking, one can notice that two out of three articles talk about Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and even quantum computing. At the same time, the majority of the banking market players are still determining an optimal business strategy for digital transformation in financial services, looking closely at the successes and failures of those who have already taken the plunge into digital business transformation and the use of the latest technologies. Source: Finextra. Development Strategies for Digital Banks…

ColdQuanta’s Newly Formed Research as a Service Division Embarks on First Project with Oak Ridge National Labs | ColdQuanta, the leader in Cold Atom Quantum Technology, today announced the company has embarked on its first project under the newly branded Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) Division to build a Custom Ion Trap System for Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL). The QRaaS division sits alongside the company’s Quantum Computing and Cold Atom Technology groups, and is dedicated to discovering breakthrough technology in support of government and enterprises. The Oak Ridge system will apply thoughtful engineering to create a high performance and modular system that enables rapid testing of cryogenic electronics, ion trap architectures, and system integration strategies. The cryogenic ion trapping system combines the modular design and systems engineering that ColdQuanta has demonstrated in several of its products to produce a reliable system that is tailored to the customer’s needs for testing and prototyping ion trap hardware. Source: CISION PR Newswire. ColdQuanta’s Newly Formed Research as a Service Division Embarks on First Project with Oak Ridge National Labs…

Classiq Research Reveals Big Demand For, and Broad Interest In, Quantum Training | New research from Classiq, which provides a breakthrough Quantum Algorithm Design platform, highlights the dramatic need for a trained quantum workforce, without which accelerated adoption of quantum computing is not possible. It also indicates that informed employees have a robust thirst for quantum training – as nearly all professionals familiar with quantum computing said that they want more quantum education. Source: yahoo!finance. Classiq Research Reveals Big Demand For, and Broad Interest In, Quantum Training…

Check out 22 pitch decks that fintechs looking to disrupt trading, banking, and lending used to raise millions | Fintech VC funding hit a fresh quarterly record of $22.8 billion in the first three months of 2021, according to CB Insights data. While mega-rounds helped propel overall funding, new cash was spread across 614 deals. Source: msn money. Check out 22 pitch decks that fintechs looking to disrupt trading, banking, and lending used to raise millions…

7 Quantum Computing Stocks to Buy as Rigetti Computing Comes Public | Quantum computing is a fascinating new field for technologists and investors alike, envisioning a new way of computing. Using a radically different technological process, quantum computing seeks to achieve orders of magnitude faster calculations. This will enable researchers to approach fields such as pharmaceutical drug research, weather forecasting, cybersecurity and computational chemistry in a whole new way. It’ll also enable big returns for quantum computing stock owners. Source: INVESTORPLACE. 7 Quantum Computing Stocks to Buy as Rigetti Computing Comes Public…

Market cap of IonQ Inc. [IONQ] reaches 1.76B – now what? | IonQ Inc. [NYSE: IONQ] traded at a high on 10/15/21, posting a 2.34 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $10.05. The company report on October 14, 2021 that IonQ to Keynote IEEE Quantum Week. Company leaders also host trapped IonQ quantum computing tutorial and panel on women in quantum. Source: DBTnews. Market cap of IonQ Inc. [IONQ] reaches 1.76B – now what?

Research Paper by Toppan and blueqat on Photonic Quantum Computation Selected for IEEE’s QCE21 Posters Program | Toppan, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, and blueqat, a leading venture company in the fields of quantum software and machine learning solutions, are collaborating on research on photonic quantum computation.1 A paper on the research has been included in the Posters Program of the International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE), organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).2 The paper was presented at 14:30 (MST) on October 18. Source: WhatTheyThink. Research Paper by Toppan and blueqat on Photonic Quantum Computation Selected for IEEE’s QCE21 Posters Program…

Fintech’s First Quantum Computing Startup Secures Seed Funding | In a world in which a new enabling technology seems to capture the fintech imagination at least every other year, quantum computing remains relatively elusive. The promise of being able to leverage quantum computations to accomplish tasks that challenge if not overwhelm current, classical computing technologies is one that, in the area of fintech, has yet to be realized. Source: Finovate. Fintech’s First Quantum Computing Startup Secures Seed Funding…

Gartner advises tech leaders to prepare for action as quantum computing spreads | Quantum computing has hit the radar of technical leaders, because of the huge efficiency it offers at scale. It will take years to develop for most applications, however, even as it makes limited progress in the near term in highly specialized fields of materials science and cryptography. Source: VentureBeat. Gartner advises tech leaders to prepare for action as quantum computing spreads…

Quantum Computing Startup Multiverse Computing Secures €10M to Focus on Finance Solutions | Multiverse Computing, the quantum computing startup that’s focused on finance, has finalized a €10 million (appr. $11.55 million) seed round. Source: CROWDFUNDINSIDER. Quantum Computing Startup Multiverse Computing Secures €10M to Focus on Finance Solutions… 

Cybersecurity & Cryptography

When it comes to quantum computers, security should come first for financial institutions | From ATMs to high-frequency trading and the current fintech wave, technological innovation in the financial services industry has always had to balance risks like fraud and theft against the new opportunities it brings like access to capital, greater margins and new customers. The coming wave of quantum computers promises more of the same, though on an even greater scale. Worryingly there is a widespread lack of awareness in financial services of the cybersecurity risks posed by quantum technologies. Source: ITProPortal. When it comes to quantum computers, security should come first for financial institutions…

RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW APPROACH TO SIMULATE COMPLEXITY OF QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHIC ATTACKS VIA CLASSICAL COMPUTERS | Quantum computers may still be in their early infancy, but there is already some concern that they could break several existing cryptographic algorithms. To address these concerns, researchers have been exploring the mechanics of how quantum cryptographic algorithms work in practice, with their studies likely to lead to more secure algorithms as a result of improvements in the field of quantum computing. Source: Saudi Shopper. RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW APPROACH TO SIMULATE COMPLEXITY OF QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHIC ATTACKS VIA CLASSICAL COMPUTERS…

Protecting Data | In a recent interview discussing last year’s massive SolarWinds hack of multiple government agencies and major corporations, Phil Abraham, a cybersecurity and technology expert from Northville, warned that America’s infrastructure, public and private, was wide open for foreign hackers. Source: dbusiness. Protecting Data…

How Will Japan’s Cybersecurity Posture Impact its Relations With China? | Japan’s relations with China are underpinned by a delicate balance of economic and national security interests. According to data from the Japan External Trade Organization, China is Japan’s largest trading partner, to which it exported more than $141 billion worth of goods in 2020, compared with $118 billion to the United States. Yet, as highlighted by Japan’s Ministry of Defense, China is also Japan’s most significant geopolitical challenge, a concern shared by the country’s new Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. Source: THE DIPLOMAT. How Will Japan’s Cybersecurity Posture Impact its Relations With China?

Doge Protocol, a Community-Driven Blockchain Project, Released Its Quantum Resistance Whitepaper | The whitepaper on Doge Protocol’s quantum resistance blockchain states the following: It highlights the fact that without a post-quantum cryptographic scheme, not only blockchains but also internet security protocols like TLS will be broken by quantum computers. This is because the underlying cryptographic schemes used in TLS currently are RSA or ECDSA, which are vulnerable to quantum computer attacks using Shor’s algorithm. Source: PR.com. Doge Protocol, a Community-Driven Blockchain Project, Released Its Quantum Resistance Whitepaper…

Castle Shield Holdings, LLC Announces Aeolus VPN Performance Test Results | Castle Shield Holdings, LLC releases test results for its Aeolus VPN Solutions. As stated in our October 11, 2021 press release, Aeolus VPN supports Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) for asymmetric key exchange including three selectable symmetric encryption ciphers for TCP and UDP on the Windows, Linux, and macOS platforms. Source: Le Lezard. Castle Shield Holdings, LLC Announces Aeolus VPN Performance Test Results…

Cybersecurity: Protecting your operational technology | Most companies are familiar and equipped with information technology (IT) security infrastructure, but for factories and companies that have on-premises devices, operational technology (OT) security infrastructure is often ignored. Source: msn money. Cybersecurity: Protecting your operational technology…

Could Advanced Quantum Computing Pose A Risk To Bitcoin Security? | Could Advanced Quantum Computing Pose A Risk To Bitcoin Security? Source: Nasdaq. Could Advanced Quantum Computing Pose A Risk To Bitcoin Security?

Colab Aims to Create a Secured Quantum Internet Using Quantum Key Distribution | Recently, the discussion of how researchers are addressing the challenges of developing a quantum internet has been floating around. Despite the benefits presented with the possibilities of creating a quantum internet, a challenge still resides in its security. However, one way to help surmount the security challenges in a quantum network is to use quantum cryptography to provide security for encrypted traffic. Source: ALL ABOUT CIRCUITS. Colab Aims to Create a Secured Quantum Internet Using Quantum Key Distribution…

ISARA, Carillon and Crypto4A Partnership enables a world first Canadian fully integrated Quantum-Safe Now PKI solution | Crypto4A Technologies Inc., ISARA Corp., and Carillon Information Security Inc. today announced their partnership agreement focused on providing organizations with a next generation Quantum Safe NowTM Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution. Source: Daily Journal. ISARA, Carillon and Crypto4A Partnership enables a world first Canadian fully integrated Quantum-Safe Now PKI solution…

Technology & Hardware

Toshiba Shrinks Quantum Key Distribution Technology to a Semiconductor Chip | Toshiba Europe Ltd today announced it has developed the world’s first chip-based quantum key distribution (QKD) system. This advance will enable the mass manufacture of quantum security technology, bringing its application to a much wider range of scenarios including to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Source: TOSHIBA. Toshiba Shrinks Quantum Key Distribution Technology to a Semiconductor Chip…

Quantum Loophole: Hyperscalers Want Bigger Campuses for Long-Term Growth | The data center campuses of the future will be bigger. A lot bigger, if you ask Josh Snowhorn, who is creating a “data center city” in Maryland. Source: DATA CENTER Frontier. Quantum Loophole: Hyperscalers Want Bigger Campuses for Long-Term Growth…

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 19 | Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) designed and had fabricated an ASIC to run new encryption algorithms that can stand up to quantum computing. Source: SEMICONDUCTOREngineering. Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 19…

New photonic chip for isolating light may be key to miniaturizing quantum devices | Light offers an irreplaceable way to interact with our universe. It can travel across galactic distances and collide with our atmosphere, creating a shower of particles that tell a story of past astronomical events. Here on earth, controlling light lets us send data from one side of the planet to the other. Source: Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center. New photonic chip for isolating light may be key to miniaturizing quantum devices…

New photonic chip for isolating light may be key to miniaturizing quantum devices | Given its broad utility, it’s no surprise that light plays a critical role in enabling 21st century quantum information applications. For example, scientists use laser light to precisely control atoms, turning them into ultra-sensitive measures of time, acceleration, and even gravity. Currently, such early quantum technology is limited by size — state-of-the-art systems would not fit on a dining room table, let alone a chip. For practical use, scientists and engineers need to miniaturize quantum devices, which requires re-thinking certain components for harnessing light. Source: ScienceDaily. New photonic chip for isolating light may be key to miniaturizing quantum devices…

Cutting through the noise: AI enables high-fidelity quantum computing | Researchers led by the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN) at Osaka University have trained a deep neural network to correctly determine the output state of quantum bits, despite environmental noise. The team’s novel approach may allow quantum computers to become much more widely used. Source: PHYS.ORG. Cutting through the noise: AI enables high-fidelity quantum computing…

Cutting through the noise: AI enables high-fidelity quantum computing | Researchers led by the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (SANKEN) at Osaka University have trained a deep neural network to correctly determine the output state of quantum bits, despite environmental noise. The team’s novel approach may allow quantum computers to become much more widely used. Source: EurekAlert!. Cutting through the noise: AI enables high-fidelity quantum computing…

Center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies | The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it will fund a new endeavor to bring atomic-level precision to the devices and technologies that underpin much of modern life, and will transform fields like information technology (IT). The five-year, $25 million Science and Technology Center grant will found the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand — or IMOD — a collaboration of scientists and engineers at 11 universities led by the University of Washington. Source: CONTROL ENGINEERING. Center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies…

‘Nigeria is 97% ready for full implementation of 5G plan’- Danbatta | The Vice Chairman said this in the course of his presentation in Lagos on Thursday during the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021. The title of his presentation was “NCC as a Digital Transformation Crusader and Nigeria’s in-Road to 5G Deployment” Source: Technext. ‘Nigeria is 97% ready for full implementation of 5G plan’- Danbatta…

TU Delft researchers realize quantum teleportation onto mechanical motion of silicon seams | Quantum technology typically employs qubits (quantum bits) consisting of, for example, single electrons, photons, or atoms. A group of TU Delft researchers has now demonstrated the ability to teleport an arbitrary qubit state from a single photon onto an optomechanical device – consisting of a mechanical structure comprising billions of atoms. Their breakthrough research, now published in Nature Photonics, enables real-world applications such as quantum internet repeater nodes while also allowing quantum mechanics itself to be studied in new ways. Source: TU Delft. TU Delft researchers realize quantum teleportation onto mechanical motion of silicon seams..

Government & Policy

Two Brookhaven Lab Physicists Named APS Fellows | The American Physical Society (APS) has elected two scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory as 2021 APS fellows. With more than 45,000 members from academia, government, and industry, APS seeks to advance and share physics knowledge through research journals, scientific meetings, and activities in education, outreach, and advocacy. Each year, a very small percentage of APS members are elevated to the status of fellow through a nomination and selection process. Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to physics, including in research, applications, leadership and service, and education. Source: Brookhaven National Laboratory. Two Brookhaven Lab Physicists Named APS Fellows…

Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards | Three Purdue professors advancing quantum science and work-life and work-life family research policy have been chosen to receive the university’s most prestigious research and scholarship awards. Each recognizes recent accomplishments of high significance and impact. Source: PURDUE UNIVERSITY. Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards…

MATRIX AI Consortium at UTSA to co-host AI and Quantum Symposium | Three renowned research partners from academia, industry, and nonprofit are hosting a joint symposium this week focused on the current and future state of artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing that’s open and free to all. Source: UTSAToday. MATRIX AI Consortium at UTSA to co-host AI and Quantum Symposium…

Argonne-led research team highlighted in special issue on quantum systems | In an article featured on the cover of this month’s Nature Reviews Materials, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and institutions in Japan, Korea and Hungary provide a blueprint for a class of materials that is quickly emerging as an important player in quantum science: crystals with defects. Source: Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne-led research team highlighted in special issue on quantum systems…

5 Steps to Prepare Security for the Quantum Era | The digital economy depends on trust in the internet—without it, neither businesses nor consumers would feel safe conducting business or spending time online. Making that trust possible today are cryptographic algorithms embedded in hardware and software throughout most enterprise infrastructure. Like a reliable and unbreakable lock, these algorithms help safeguard sensitive personal and financial information and verify the integrity of internet transactions, as well as the identity of users and systems. Source: THE WALLSTREET JOURNAL.  5 Steps to Prepare Security for the Quantum Era…

7 Cross-Industry Technology Trends That Will Disrupt the World | Imagine a scenario where retailers combine sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and immersive and spatial computing to deliver immersive user experiences. Or imagine automakers using sensors to capture vehicle signals, monitor the condition of each system in the car, and notify the owner to schedule repairs before a breakdown occurs. Source: DARKReading. 7 Cross-Industry Technology Trends That Will Disrupt the World…

NASA’s CIO Wants To Fire Up Quantum Computers And Break Down Data Silos At The Agency | NASA’s work on everything from space missions to studying climate change means that the U.S. agency generates mountains of data every day. Jeffrey Seaton, its CIO, is convinced quantum computers, which harness some of the exotic phenomena of quantum physics to generate unprecedented amounts of computing power, will be key to unlocking many more hugely valuable insights from that information treasure trove. Source: Forbes. NASA’s CIO Wants To Fire Up Quantum Computers And Break Down Data Silos At The Agency…

Algorithms & Software

SCHRÖDINGER’S BITCOIN | Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment in quantum mechanics that demonstrates a paradox of quantum superposition. Source: BITCOIN MAGAZINE. SCHRÖDINGER’S BITCOIN…

Quantum algorithms that speed up banking operations 100x are here | Forget what Goldman Sachs said about useful quantum computing being five years away in finance. Banks can already get a 100-fold advantage by using quantum computers to solve problems such as portfolio optimisation and fraud detection fraud, says Spanish startup Multiverse Computing. Source: sifted. Quantum algorithms that speed up banking operations 100x are here…

Johann Polecsak: The Blockchain Will be Unhackable Until Quantum Computers Arrive | Blockchain’s inherent safety is commonly seen as one of its major benefits. However, it was seen most recently in the hack of $600 million worth of digital assets stolen from the Poly Network, that the platforms that sit on the blockchain –or indeed bridge different blockchains as well as the chains themselves– are not impervious to threat. Source: Entrepreneur. Johann Polecsak: The Blockchain Will be Unhackable Until Quantum Computers Arrive…

Zapata Computing Publishes New Research on Using Orquestra® Platform to Implement Fundamental Subroutine for Quantum Algorithms | Zapata Computing, Inc., a leading enterprise software company for quantum solutions, today announced new research on computing values with a quantum computer. Source: yahoo!finance. Zapata Computing Publishes New Research on Using Orquestra® Platform to Implement Fundamental Subroutine for Quantum Algorithms…

Rosatom was the first in the world to solve an important applied problem using quantum computing | Quantum algorithms are far from solving universal problems, but they can cope with a certain class of computations better than a supercomputer. First of all, these are optimization problems, and Rosatom was constantly solving one of them – finding the optimal distribution of spent nuclear fuel among containers for subsequent safe storage. For the first time in the world, a quantum algorithm helped solve this problem, which distinguished Russian developers. Source: TGSL. Rosatom was the first in the world to solve an important applied problem using quantum computing…

Science & Research

Quantum material stretches to boost superconductivity | In a surprising discovery, an international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Minnesota, found that deformations in a quantum material can cause imperfections in its crystal structure that can actually improve the material’s superconducting and electrical properties. Source: materialstoday. Quantum material stretches to boost superconductivity…

Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions | Led by scientists at Empa and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, and Spain have succeeded in building carbon-based quantum spin chains, where they captured the emergence of one of the cornerstone models of quantum magnetism first proposed by the 2016 Nobel laureate F. D. M. Haldane in 1983. Source: nanowerk. Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions…

Atoms and molecules make vortex beams | A wave-like property previously only seen in beams of light and electrons has been observed for the first time in atoms and molecules. By passing beams of helium and neon through a grid of specially shaped nanoslits, researchers led by Edvardas Narevicius of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science succeeded in giving the beams a non-zero orbital angular momentum (OAM). The resulting structures are known vortex beams, and they could be used for fundamental physics studies such as probing the internal structure of protons. Source: physicsworld. Atoms and molecules make vortex beams…

Research Team Unlocks Secret Path to a Bright Quantum Future | In 1998, researchers including Mark Kubinec of UC Berkeley performed one of the first simple quantum computations using individual molecules. They used pulses of radio waves to flip the spins of two nuclei in a molecule, with each spin’s “up” or “down” orientation storing information in the way that a “0” or “1” state stores information in a classical data bit. In those early days of quantum computers, the combined orientation of the two nuclei – that is, the molecule’s quantum state – could only be preserved for brief periods in specially tuned environments. In other words, the system quickly lost its coherence. Control over quantum coherence is the missing step to building scalable quantum computers. Source: SciTechDaily. Research Team Unlocks Secret Path to a Bright Quantum Future…

Experiments reveal formation of a new state of matter: Electron quadruplets | The central principle of superconductivity is that electrons form pairs. But can they also condense into foursomes? Recent findings have suggested they can, and a physicist at KTH Royal Institute of Technology today published the first experimental evidence of this quadrupling effect and the mechanism by which this state of matter occurs. Source: PHYS.ORG. Experiments reveal formation of a new state of matter: Electron quadruplets…