Oxford University is at the forefront of the UK’s efforts to build the first generation of quantum computers with world-leading performance. Quantum computing has the potential to transform areas of our lives such as healthcare, finance and security – and Oxford is pioneering theory, technology and responsible innovation to ensure that its power will bring benefits for all of society.
A 21st-century challenge
Working as part of a national consortium that harnesses the research power of nine universities, Oxford has combined the latest breakthroughs with a rich history in computing, quantum theory and mathematical innovation to help bring us to the verge of realising one of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century.
We’re celebrating the landmark moments that have led scientists in Oxford and around the world to where we are now; we’re taking you into the labs of researchers working at the cutting edge of this new frontier in our latest Futuremakers podcast episode; and we’ve picked the best content from around Oxford’s quantum computing community to take you from the fundamentals into the future.
In a special new episode, Oxford researchers at the top of their fields explore the past, present and future of quantum computing. Why is there a race to develop this technology, will we ever get there, and how will it change the world if we do? Download here (http://po.st/futuremakers), or search for Futuremakers in your favourite podcast app.
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How can a scalable quantum computer be built? . Of the different techniques, Dr Natalia Ares from @oxford_uni explores a silicon technique . Here a silicon nitride membrane, which has been given the moniker ‘silicon nitride drum’, could act as the memory within the system . Dr Ares and her group were recently able to characterise the silicon drum at room temperatures, eliminating the need for cryogenic freezing . Whichever technique prevails, it is crucial to understand in which conditions the materials retain their special quantum properties, another area which Dr Ares’ research focuses on . Understanding the finer details truly has big implications . . . #quantumphysics #quantumcomputing #quantumcomputer #physics #research #researcher #phd #oxforduniversity #stem #science #physicist #scientist #art #illustration #gouache #painting #portrait