A team of scientists from MIT and Rice University recently discovered a new method for creating qubits that could revolutionize both quantum computing and cancer research – and all it takes is some household bleach and a UV light.
Qubits are the basic units of information used in quantum computing.
It involves the creation of fluorescent quantum defects in carbon nanotubes by shining UV light at the chemical compound NaCIO (common househould bleach).
And the new method not only makes it easier to create them, but they’re much brighter using the team’s technique.
In the fight against cancer, this means that the scientists can exploit quantum physics using nothing more than bleach and light to image tumors using 150-times less probes than with the current technique.
Furthermore, quantum physicists around the world are likely rejoicing as the team’s work makes the rounds.
A significant amount of research and resources goes into creating one-off photons in the proper wavelengths for quantum computing research, now they can apparently spit them out in about half the time it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket.