New technique enables on-demand creation of qubits in silicon with atomic precision

Quantum computers have the potential to solve complex problems in human health, drug discovery, and artificial intelligence millions of times faster than some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. A network of quantum computers could advance these discoveries even faster. But before that can happen, the computer industry will need a reliable way to string together … Read more

New method for quieting the quantum world

One of the biggest challenges in quantum technology and quantum sensing is “noise”–seemingly random environmental disturbances that can disrupt the delicate quantum states of qubits, the fundamental units of quantum information. Looking deeper at this issue, JILA Associate Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder Physics Assistant Professor Shuo Sun collaborated with Andrés Montoya-Castillo, Assistant Professor … Read more

2D material with single atomic defect shows promising spin coherence at room temperature

Scientists have discovered that a “single atomic defect” in a layered 2D material can hold onto quantum information for microseconds at room temperature, underscoring the potential of 2D materials in advancing quantum technologies. The defect, found by researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge using a thin material called hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), demonstrates … Read more

Miniaturized quantum light detector paves way for scalable quantum technologies

Researchers at the University of Bristol have made an important breakthrough in scaling quantum technology by integrating the world’s tiniest quantum light detector onto a silicon chip. The paper, “A Bi-CMOS electronic photonic integrated circuit quantum light detector,” was published in Science Advances. A critical moment in unlocking the information age was when scientists and engineers … Read more

Stable magnetic skyrmion bundles achieved at room temperature without external fields

Recently, the research team led by Prof. Du Haifeng from the High Magnetic Field laboratory at Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences achieved stable magnetic bundles at room temperature without the need for any external magnetic field. Their work is published in Nature Communications. Topological magnetic structures are a type of spin arrangement … Read more

Researchers discover yttrium-cerium and lanthanum-cerium hydrides exhibit superconductivity at lower pressure

Science is taking a step forward in the quest for superconductors that will not require ultra-high pressure to function, thanks to multinational research led by Xiaojia Chen at the University of Houston. “It has long been superconductivity researchers’ goal to ease or even eliminate the critical controls currently required regarding temperature and pressure,” said Chen, … Read more

Chemist discovers catalyst’s assisting role in benzotriazole conversion

In most industrial chemical reactions, catalysts combine with the starting materials and accompany them through intermediate stages to the product. In chemistry, this pathway is known as the reaction mechanism, and it is a kind of black box: nobody knows what is happening at the molecular level at first. If the reaction result in the … Read more

Researchers introduce thiol-ene click reaction for fabricating elastic relaxor ferroelectrics

A research group led by Prof. Li Runwei and Hu Benlin at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a facile and efficient approach to fabricate elastic relaxor ferroelectrics via thiol-ene click reaction. The study is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Ferroelectrics, which possess switchable … Read more

Scientists achieve current-driven antiskyrmion motion at room temperature

Prof. Zhang Ying’s group from the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with domestic universities and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States, has experimentally observed current-driven antiskyrmion sliding. Their work was published in Nature Materials on April 11. Magnetic (anti)skyrmions with topologically protected spin structures are promising as next-generation information … Read more

Physicists discover novel “hybrid topology” in elemental arsenic crystal

Physicists have observed a novel quantum effect termed “hybrid topology” in a crystalline material. This finding opens up a new range of possibilities for the development of efficient materials and technologies for next-generation quantum science and engineering. The finding, published in Nature, came when Princeton scientists discovered that an elemental solid crystal made of arsenic … Read more

Thermoelectric effect reveals full picture of superconducting fluctuations

Weak fluctuations in superconductivity, a precursor phenomenon to superconductivity, have been successfully detected by a research group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). This breakthrough was achieved by measuring the thermoelectric effect in superconductors over a wide range of magnetic fields and over a wide range of temperatures, from much higher than the superconducting transition … Read more

Helical magnets proposed for high-density, non-volatile memory devices

In a groundbreaking development poised to transform the landscape of information storage, a team of researchers has unveiled a novel concept for magnet-based memory devices. This innovation, detailed in a recent publication in Nature Communications on March 7, 2024, promises to revolutionize the field with its potential for large-scale integration, non-volatility, and unparalleled durability. At … Read more

Researchers develop world’s first portable room-temperature maser

Researchers from Imperial College London’s Department of Materials have crafted a cutting-edge portable maser, shrinking the technology to fit within the confines of a compact shoebox. Imperial College London had previously pioneered room-temperature solid-state masers in 2012, a milestone that underscored their capability to amplify faint electrical signals with high-frequency stability. This innovation is particularly … Read more

B18C6 crown ether improves perovskite solar cell stability and efficiency

Perovskite solar cells are thought of as the strongest contender to replace conventional silicon solar cells in next-generation photovoltaics. They are made of an A+ cation, a B2+ divalent cation, and an X– halide. Generally containing Pb2+ or Sn2+, they achieve high power conversion energy that is suitable for commercial use. Unfortunately, the presence of lead ions causes issues … Read more

Researchers develop 3D printable material for communication devices

In a first-of-its-kind development, UBC Okanagan researchers, in collaboration with Drexel University, have created a new compound that can be used to 3D print telecommunication antennas and other connectivity devices. These 3D printed products, created by combining a two-dimensional compound called MXenes with a polymer, can be used as an alternative for metallic counterparts and … Read more

Long-range quantum coherence observed in bismuth bromide topological insulator

In a groundbreaking experiment, physicists have recently observed long-range quantum coherence effects stemming from Aharonov-Bohm interference in a device based on topological insulators. This landmark discovery opens a new frontier in the realm of topological quantum physics and engineering, promising transformative possibilities for future technological development and our understanding of quantum information science. Published in … Read more