From Zero To EIT

“Physicists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, led by Gerhard Rempe, have created a system based on a single atom that they’re calling a ‘quantum optical transistor.’ The transistor could someday serve as part of a quantum computer or as a node of a quantum data network.

‘We’re doing what people in the Bell Laboratories did in the 1950s,’ says Eden Figueroa, one of the physicists involved in the project. ‘They were inventing the transistor, and people thought they were crazy. But 50 years later, everyone is using a laptop.’ Now, he says, ‘we’re inventing the quantum transistor that may be used in computers 30 years from now.’”

Optical Transistor Is a Step Toward the Quantum Internet – IEEE Spectrum

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~ by theobservereffect on May 16, 2010.

2 Responses to “From Zero To EIT”

  1. When particles behave like groups of numbers and groups of numbers can be shown to behave like particles… is it still weird to ask if there might be a case for fundamental interactions to be emergent properties of number? More specifically, if it takes a minimum number of bits (literally) to describe a physical property of the early universe (or sub-atomic particle interactions) … where do the math and the physics separate in reality?

  2. I suppose that anything is possible in a 1/(1+1+1+…+n) universe. But as an epistemic, I also consider that numbers may be but human representations of what we can know about that universe. 😉

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