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Better Rydberg Atom Trap Built

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 11, 2010 — In an achievement that could help enable fast quantum computers, University of Michigan physicists have built a better Rydberg atom trap. Rydberg atoms are highly excited, nearly ionized giants that can be thousands of times larger than their ground-state counterparts. As a result of their size, interactions between Rydberg atoms can be roughly 1 million times stronger than between regular atoms. This is why they could serve as faster quantum circuits, said Georg Raithel, associate chairman and professor in the department of physics. Quantum computers could solve problems too...Read full article

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