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Physics Professor Publishes Paper on Quantum Computation

James Freericks

Physics professor James Freericks says when small ions become frustrated, they "are expected to display a number of interesting structures that are not well understood."

Physics professor James Freericks has published a new study that examines the behavior of “frustrated” particles involved in a simplified quantum computer in this week’s issue of Science.

Freericks says the particles are ones whose atoms conflict with one another because they are organized in complex changing patterns.

“As people, we often encounter frustration in our everyday lives, especially when things don't work out the way we planned them to,” Freericks explains.  “Small ions can also become frustrated, and when they do, they are expected to display a number of interesting structures that are not well understood.”

The quantum behavior of frustrated particles is extremely difficult to predict, says Freericks.

Working with a team of researchers from the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, Freericks led the theoretical research on a quantum computer that simulated this behavior by ions with the largest system ever studied to date.

Further developments along the lines of this simulation could lead to the design of new cutting-edge quantum materials whose special properties can be used to create anything from improved wireless technology to new methods of encrypting messages.

The research is published in this week's issue of Science. Click here to read the abstract.

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