Quantum computing is poised to usher in far more powerful ways of processing information and revolutionize any number of fields, including health care, chemistry and finance. Rather than using ones and zeros to store and manipulate data like a conventional computer, the far more powerful quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits.
But qubits are susceptible to noise and other disturbances, which means quantum computers have be to housed inside giant refrigerated containers, a reality that is, so far, limiting their size and applicability.
Dr. Abhijeet Alase, PhD, of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology in the Faculty of Science, has been awarded a two-year Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship to help overcome this obstacle by developing a qubit that is not as easily perturbed.
“The quantum bits are hard to make because the...