Physicists develop new quantum microchip

Physicists have created a microchip that can hold the voltage equivalent to a micronscale bolt of lightning. The microchip could be the key for developing super-fast quantum computers.

It traps a two-dimensional chessboard lattice of individual ions (charged atoms), which are held by electric fields emitted from the surface of the microchip.

Physicist Dr Winfried Hensinger, from the University of Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group, said his team now has a stable structure to build long-term storage devices for single atoms.

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