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A Team of UO Physics Researchers use Light and Sound Waves to Control Electron States

University of Oregon physicists have combined light and sound to control electron states in an atom-like system, providing a new tool in efforts to move toward quantum-computing systems.

Using sound waves known as surface acoustic waves to change electron states could foster data transfer between quantum bits.

“What we have accomplished could lead to a new architecture — a new way — to design a computer chip. Instead of using electrical circuits we incorporate sound waves on a chip, with our eyes on acoustic circuits and also on potential applications in tomorrow’s quantum computers.” Said Professor Hailin Wang.

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