Albion College physicist shares in $900,000 NSF grant to develop sensors for quantum computersBy AP
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Albion physicist shares $900,000 computing grant
ALBION, Mich. — Albion College physicist Aaron Miller is helping lead a $900,000 federal study to harness individual particles of light for a faster new generation of computers.
Miller and his colleagues seek to develop detectors to use in what are known as quantum computers. A quantum of light is called a photon.
Sharing the grant are University of Virginia professor Olivier Pfister and Sae Woo Nam of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.
Scientists have known for some time about the potential of quantum computers to achieve much higher operating speeds than current computers.
The National Science Foundation grant covers work on quantum computer hardware. Others are working on the software.