Researchers Produced Atom Sounds, Crucial Discovery for Quantum Computing

September 12, 2014 1:53 AM

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Researchers Produced Atom Sounds, Crucial Discovery for Quantum Computing

Scientists managed to hear an atom for the first time. A Swedish research team from Chalmers University of Technology performed an experiment that succeeded with the recording of sound waves created by an artificial atom. Previously, scientists focused on the interaction between atoms and light. Electromagnetic radiation is another known energy form released at quantum level. However, the new research topic may end up delivering some breaking results.

“We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and listening to atoms,” says Per Delsing, head of the experimental research group. “Our long term goal is to harness quantum physics so that we can benefit from its laws, for example in extremely fast computers. We do this by making elect...

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