December, 2003/January, 2004
Prospects and Pitfalls
report examines the current state of the technologies aimed at making
quantum computers, organizes key issues and puts them in context,
and succinctly explains how the technologies work.
Quantum computers, which use attributes of particles like
photons, electrons and atoms to compute, would be fantastically
fast for certain types of very large problems, including searching
large databases and factoring the large numbers whose solutions
would render today's encryption useless.
The report lays out the technologies researchers are using
to make the basic building blocks of quantum computers -- qubits
-- and to connect qubits into quantum computer architectures. These
technologies include ion traps, semiconductor impurities, superconductor
circuits, quantum dots, neutral atom optical traps, linear optics,
nuclear magnetic resonance, molecular magnets, spectral hole burning
devices, and Wigner crystals.
Scientists are also at work on software algorithms aimed
to enable quantum architectures to solve certain types of problems
many orders of magnitude faster than the fastest classical computers.
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 16 developments
to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a
section of 52 researchers to watch, including links to their Web
pages. It also includes a quick tour of 68 recent developments in
six areas and a section of 52 in-depth news stories from TRN.
The stories are organized into nine categories: quantum
computing schemes, qubits, logic gates, computer architectures,
tools and resources, storage, communications, algorithms, and theory.
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be read on a computer, printed and archived.
the Quantum Computing
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How It Works:
stories, including 11 images
Table of Contents:
Hardware, software and communications
Many potential models
Controlling quantum information
Holding it together
Logical vs. physical
Living with errors
Tools of the trade
Reading the answers
Filling in the picture
The lay of the land
The long road ahead
How It Works
Atoms and ions
In-Depth Story Categories
Tools and resources
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