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Scientists Make Quantum Leap in Developing Faster Computers

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Professor David Leigh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Researchers have developed components that could someday be used to develop quantum computers, say scientists at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. The breakthrough components were created by combining tiny magnets with molecular machines that can shuttle between two locations without the use of external force. The magnets could be used as the basic components in quantum computers.

"The magnetic molecules involved have potential to be used as qubits, and combining them with molecular machines enables them to move, which could be useful for building quantum computers," says Edinburgh professor David Leigh. "The major challenges we face now are to bring many of these qubits together to build a device that could perform calculations, and to discover how to communicate between them." Manchester professor Richard Winpenny says "the remaining challenge is to learn how to do the switching, and that's what we're trying to do now."

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