Research on ultracold molecules of Professor Sebastian Will and his collaborators of the Zwierlein group at MIT has been published in Science.
The new work shows that collections of ultracold molecules can retain quantum information that is stored in them for hundreds of times longer than previously achieved in these materials. Professor Will and collaborators showed that certain internal quantum states of molecules are particularly insensitive to perturbations from the outside world. These quantum states are stable even if there are perturbing magnetic or electric fields around the molecule. Long coherence time, as demonstrated in this work, is a crucial mosaic piece on the way to the realization of a quantum computer, which is predicted to be vastly faster than conventional computers for important classes of computational problems.
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