Gold Aids Quantum Computing Development
Source: World Gold Council (4/9/09)
"The breakthrough could pave the way for the creation of powerful computers capable of performing calculations at a far faster rate than today's machines."
According to Nanowerk News, the precious metal has played a role in research by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has led to the creation of a new ion trap that prevents ions from overheating when passing an intersection.
The breakthrough could pave the way for the creation of powerful computers capable of performing calculations at a far faster rate than today's machines, the news source stated.
A gold coating added to the ion trap allows it to move ions between different locations - such as data storage and logic operations - without them overheating, which can result in their information processing properties degrading.
In related news, scientists at Imperial College London recently used gold in the development of new nanosensors, which could be of use to the medical and security sectors.