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On October 9, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 was awarded to Serge Haroche and David Wineland for ground-breaking measurement and manipulation of individual quantum systems with high accuracy.  Specifically, two distinct technologies were touted — ions in a harmonic trap and photons in a cavity; both techniques share many similarities to capture single quantum particle behavior without destroying it.

Recalling a blog we posted earlier this year, “Time to Think Differently”, it is apparent that scientific breakthroughs with respect to time and quantum computing are being realized at a rapid pace.  The Nobel committee’s briefing states that Haroche and Wineland’s “work has enabled the investigation of decoherence through measurements of the evolution of Schrödinger’s cat-like states, the first steps towards the quantum computer, and the development of extremely accurate optical clocks.”[1]


  • Quantum Computers. “Wineland was the first in the world to demonstrate a quantum operation with two quantum bits.  Since control operations have already been achieved with a few qubits, there is in principle no reason to believe that it should not be possible to achieve such operations with many more qubits.”[2]
  • Optical Clocks.  “David Wineland and his team of researchers have also used ions in a trap to build a clock that is a hundred times more precise than the caesium-based atomic clocks which are currently the standard for our measurement of time.”[3]

Given these breakthroughs, we see the following as attractive long-term investment areas (in no particular order): advanced cell processors, superconducting electronics, advanced operating systems, visualization techniques, cloud-based systems, and exploits.

[1] “Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems.” Fall 2012.

[2] “Particle control in a quantum world.” Fall 2012.

[3] “Particle control in a quantum world.” Fall 2012.