Scientists have made a breakthrough in quantum computing by creating 10 billion bits of quantum entanglement in silicon.
According to the team that made the breakthrough, which consisted of scientists from the UK, Japan, Germany and Canada and was led by Oxford University scientist John Morton, the discovery has moved them one step closer to creating super-fast quantum computers.
“Creating 10 billion entangled pairs in silicon with high fidelity is an important step forward for us. We now need to deal with the challenge of coupling these pairs together to build a scalable quantum computer in silicon,” Morton told Reuters news agency.
Super-fast quantum computers based on quantum bits, scientists reckon, will be able to test multiple solutions to a problem at the same time.
Scientists believe that quantum entanglement will allow particles to be connected in such a way that the changing of one could affect the other, even if they are miles apart. Einstein had once described this notion as “spooky action at a distance”.