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As the hunt continues for ways to manipulate qubits in solid state devices, UC Santa Barbara researchers have demonstrated using a laser to manipulate a qubit in diamond. The qubit in question is actually considered a defect in a diamond's crystalline structure: it's called a “nitrogen-vacancy centre”, in which a nitrogen atom …

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Qbits software

      yes you can, programming with windows for a living ;)

  2. Crisp

    I'd quite like a PC built out of diamonds.

    Fricking lasers just sweeten the deal.

    1. Robert Helpmann??
      Childcatcher

      Re: I'd quite like a PC built out of diamonds.

      Fricking lasers just sweeten the deal.

      Now, if they make it in the shape of a shark, it would be perfect.

  3. The Grump
    Boffin

    Amazingly amazing nerdliness

    "The qubit in question is actually considered a defect in a diamond's crystalline structure: it's called a “nitrogen-vacancy centre”, in which a nitrogen atom takes the place of a carbon atom, creating an adjacent vacancy. The properties of such vacancies, particularly photoluminescence, have been of interest to researchers for a long time".

    No wonder these eggheads never get dates. "Oh, I study nitrogen-vacency centres...huh...now where did she go?"

    1. Crisp

      They probably get more dates than you realise

      I know a few women that would consider a glowing diamonds (Or Quantum Gemerald if you will) to be the ultimate in shiny shiny.

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