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Rice Physicists Move One Step Closer to Quantum Computer
October 4, 2011
Rice University physicists have created a tiny "electron superhighway" that could one day be useful for building a quantum computer--a new type of computer that will use quantum particles in place of the digital transistors found in today's microchips.
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