Although quantum computing might be a thing of the distant future, it’s never too early to embrace the future. What are the advantages of quantum computing? Well, doing more complex things, faster and more efficiently – what more could you ask for? A task that could take a normal computer months or years, could take a quantum computer seconds or days. A new breakthrough is at hand at the University of New South Wales. They have deliberately managed to plant an electron on a silicon chip. What does this mean? Well in other words, it’s one step closer to creating a quantum bit, or qubit. Multiple of these, put together make up a quantum processor.
The research team was made up of Professor Andrew Dzurak, the NSW Node Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW and Dr Andrea Morello, Manager of the Quantum Measurement and Control Chip Program at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology. The team was able to put a lone electron without an atom attached to create a quantum dot. In a different project, but similar to this, the team was able to use “nature’s own way” by binding the lone electrons with local atoms.