Quantum Computers: Photon Transistors

By | April 27, 2006

Quantum Computers Photon TransistorsThis is a few years old, but exciting. How far are we from a whole new kind of computer operating at the speed of light… and beyond?

Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered a “switch” involving the manipulation of a photon that may lead to the creation of an optical transistor and usher in a new era of more powerful computers. … “By using a switch to manipulate photons, optical transistors can be created which could pave the way to a new generation of quantum computers and solve problems that traditional computers would have difficulty with,” Resch says, including database searches and the ability to crack codes on the Internet. “This switch might serve as the fundamental basis needed to turn quantum computing into a reality,” Steinberg adds. – sciday

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