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Microsoft’s big wager on quantum computing

  • Published at 12:33 pm April 3rd, 2018
Microsoft’s big wager on quantum computing
Microsoft researchers and Niels Bohr Institute academics together are confident to have found out the key to creating a quantum computer. If so, this will be a massive lead in the race for Microsoft, with a huge prize and power to solve problems that are beyond standard computers. The building block of a quantum computer lab include white cylinder like fridges, with fully zero degree temperature, which is how a qubit is created, reports BBC. According to Professor Charlie Marcus "The place is even colder than deep space, maybe it is the coldest place in the universe.” Professor Marcus leads a team that comprises members of other labs from the Netherlands, Australia and United States, in Microsoft's quantum research program. Microsoft at the moment is behind Google, IBM and a Silicon Valley start-up Rigetti, who can build systems with as many as 50 qubits. But Microsoft is yet to demonstrate their capability in public. Scientists in Microsoft are taking a different path from their opponent by trying to create qubits using a subatomic particle, which was coined by an Italian physicist Ettore Majoran, back in the 1930s. Microsoft's laboratory in Delft has published a paper in the “journal Nature,” which outlines how far they had developed isolating the Majorana particle. According to Microsoft, this qubit will be more efficient than their rival’s methods, which is highly vulnerable. It will be easier to maximize a fully operational quantum computer now. Microsoft seems confident that their years of hard work will soon pay off. “There will soon be a commercially relevant quantum computer – which solves real problems - within five years," says Dr Julie Love, Microsoft's director of quantum computing business development.