Atom-Photon switch: Quantum computing looks closer than ever
For long quantum computing had been a mystery. Scientists had been working hard to understand it and find new methods to unravel the mystery. After spending years of research hours, scientists have claimed to have come closer to develop quantum computing systems.
The whole process would be accomplished through the art of physics, according to scientists who have worked on it. Throwing light on the issue, one of the researchers Vladan Vuletic said: â€œThis is a major advance of this system. We have demonstrated basically an atom can switch the phase of a photon. And the photon can switch the phase of an atom.â€
The development has thrown many questions: What does that mean exactly? Before starting work on it researchers had thought that cracking it would be an arduous task. They had never thought that the whole process would be simple. â€œIn some sense, it was a big surprise how simple this solution was compared to the different techniques you might envision of getting atoms there. For me what is still amazing, after working in this for 20 years, is that we can hold onto a single atom, we can see it, we can move it around, we can prepare quantum superpositions of atoms, we can detect them one by one,” said Vuletic.