According to the recent research conducted by University of Surrey complex computer encryption codes could be solved and new drug design could be
developed significantly faster.
If the inferences of this survey are to be believed, the concept of workable quantum computer might just come true. Renouncing the findings of earlier research, this research proved the possibility of making these computers in silicon rather than a vacuum.
Being much faster than the ordinary computers, Quantum computers are said to have the potential of fixing problems that might take millions of years to solve normally. Quantum computers work when atoms are allowed to move in an undisturbed oscillating wave motion, within a fixed space. The waves thus generated can carry much more information than an average computer bit and hence making the computer programmes needed to crack a code more powerful and
Previous research in this area was successful to the extent of providing some basis for quantum computer by using atoms suspended in vacuum. However it has not been possible to make enough for a whole computer as scientists can only hold a limited number of atoms in place for a short period of time. Using atoms trapped in a silicon crystal, the research team, which also involved scientists from University College London and Heriot-Watt University, showed that the quantum waves oscillate long enough for a computer operation, and now hope to produce a higher number of computer bits.
The researchers used the ‘free electron laser’ FELIX in the Netherlands to carry out the work which has been published in Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences of the USA.