A group of physicists utilized a quantum computer to shoot a laser pulse sequence, which imitated the Fibonacci Sequence. As a result, they created a new phase of matter. The study was published in the journal Nature.
According to the research paper, this new phase of matter excels in information preservation – even more than the methods known at the moment.
This new discovery could make quantum computers even more trustworthy. The technology we have access to at the moment is almost incapable of keeping qubits in their respective quantum states.
Quantum computing stores ones and zeros as “qubits.” It could be any cipher simultaneously, and it allows quantum computers to perform advanced calculations that could take longer periods for a classical computer to complete.
As of now, quantum computers haven’t achieved the level of speed needed to be useful in everyday applications. These devices must be placed in a controlled environment as any slight disturbance in their surroundings could cause qubits to fluctuate their state and, therefore, lose the information they contain.
The qubits found at opposite ends of groups of ten atoms were capable of maintaining their quantum state for 1.5 seconds. However, during the experiment, the scientists shot the atoms using the tune of the Fibonacci Sequence. Impressively, the qubits were capable of maintaining their state for 5.5 seconds.
The team says that time is responsible for such an unexpected effect.
The reason to choose the Fibonacci numbers is that they are organized in such a unique way that it doesn’t allow repetitions. Plus, whenever you shoot laser pulses using it, the pulses end up acting as “quasicrystals,” according to scientists. This matter structure isn’t periodic but sticks to a particular pattern.
This new discovery is astonishing and could be key in the development of quantum computers in the future. As of now, quantum computers are still limited, but small advancements like these bring us closer to useful knowledge.
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