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New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

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The achievement could eventually lead to developments that allow quantum computers to crack encryption, design more efficient solar panels, and meet other promises of the complex machines.

Credit: Quantinuum

Quantinuum, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, said Thursday it advanced a key technique for correcting errors in calculations done by the advanced machines, a development essential for them to fulfill their revolutionary potential.

A Broomfield, Colorado-based team improved its handling of qubits, the machines' fundamental data storage and processing elements. Last year, they linked multiple ordinary qubits into a group called a logical qubit that's more reliable. This year, they got a pair of logical qubits to perform calculations, said David Hayes, leader of the company's theory group.

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