A groundbreaking group of theoretical and experimental physicists is coming together to experiment with a phenomenon that disturbed Einstein and which could one day make super-fast quantum computers a possibility.
Centenary professor of quantum information science Vlatko Vedral (pictured) is an expert in the theoretical study of entanglement – a phenomenon Einstein called ‘spooky action at a distance’. Two ‘entangled’ particles are connected because the fate of one depends on the other. A change in one particle is communicated to the other even faster than the speed of light, breaking all traditional rules of physics.
Quantum entanglement forms the basis for emerging technologies including quantum computers, which have a far greater capacity than today’s machines. Computers of the future fuelled by quantum bits could perform massive calculations – such as the factorisation of huge numbers – or complicated database searches.
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