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Items tagged with "quantum dots"

October 28, 2016

Artificial atoms shed light on the future of security

From credit card numbers to bank account information, we transmit sensitive digital information over the internet every day. Since the 1990s, though, researchers have known that quantum computers threaten to disrupt the security of these transactions.

That’s because quantum physics predicts that these computers could do some calculations far faster than their conventional counterparts. This would let a quantum computer crack a common internet security system called public key cryptography.

February 8, 2016

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles

Scientists have created a crystal structure that boosts the interaction between tiny bursts of light and individual electrons, an advance that could be a significant step toward establishing quantum networks in the future.

January 19, 2015

Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing

Researchers from JQI and Princeton University have built a rice grain-sized microwave laser, or "maser," powered by single electrons that demonstrates the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons.

January 20, 2014

Quantum dots: Nanocrystals packed with potential

Quantum dots (QD) can be made from tiny crystals of semiconductor material, around 10 nanometers in size. The electron hole pairs in this structure are confined, resulting in a quantization of energy levels analogous to those of an atom – hence quantum dots are often dubbed ‘artificial atoms.’ Like an atom, a QD’s energy levels can be manipulated using lasers and magnetic fields. The fluorescing wavelengths can be tuned by altering the crystal size. Semiconductor quantum dots are attractive for quantum information processing because the technology for integration with modern electronics already exists. Read more to learn more about these artificial atoms.

August 6, 2013

Resonant Exchange Qubits

Unfortunately, qubits are fragile; they dissipate in the face of interactions with their environment. A new JQI semiconductor-based qubit design ably addresses this issue of qubit robustness.

July 9, 2013

A “Hot Spot” for Quantum Information

A JQI-theory/TU Delft-experimental collaboration has recently published results that could be used to rapidly and reliably reset a qubit stored in a semiconductor double quantum dot.

April 4, 2013

Quantum Dot

Quantum dots are effectively “artificial atoms.” They are nanocrystals of semiconductor wherein an electron-hole pair can be trapped. The nanometer size is comparable to the wavelength of light and so, just like in an atom, the electron can occupy discrete energy levels. The dots can be confined in a photonic crystal cavity, where they can be probed with laser light. 

March 31, 2013

Quantum Dot Commands Light

All computers, even the future quantum versions, use logic operations or “gates,” which are the fundamental building blocks of computational processes. JQI scientists, led by Professor Edo Waks, have performed an ultrafast logic gate on a photon, using a semiconductor quantum dot.

March 19, 2013

Photonic crystal

Photonic crystals (PCs) are extremely small structures, typically no more than a few micrometers on a side, which are made of alternating regions of insulating material and air. One way this can be achieved is by drilling or etching holes in the material at regular intervals in a grid pattern. A beam of photons passing through a PC thus experiences periodic changes in refractive index – high in the insulator, low in the air holes. 

February 5, 2013

Using Single Quantum Dots to Probe Nanowires

Modern telecommunications happens because of fast electrons and fast photons. Can it get better? Can Moore’s law be sustained? Can the compactness of electronics be combined with the speed of photonics? Well, one such hybrid approach is being explored at the Joint Quantum Institute.


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