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Super computer

Quantum computers don't exist yet. But if they did, a quantum computer would be able to solve certain problems much faster than a normal computer. Making a quantum computer is a huge challenge. The main problem is finding something that can store a 'qubit'.

At Oxford University they can store a qubit on an atom and trap that atom in a buckyball, a nanoparticle that is a little hollow cage of carbon atoms.



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Artists impression of an atom trapped in a buckyball.
Artists impression of an atom trapped in a buckyball.
Image: Chris Ewels
    Image: Veeco Instruments Inc.
 

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