Microsoft creates new quantum computing particle less prone to errors

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Currently developing technologies such as AI require need faster-performing computers that computing architectures can afford, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way in which this can be achieved.

It’s called quantum computing, and it’s a technology that has the ability to provide higher speed and enhanced overall performance. Quantum computing’s target is to change the ways that computing impacts life significantly.

Current binary computing architectures need a major leap in order to be able to get people to build brilliant machines, and quantum computing may build a powerful bridge to get us there.

Microsoft found a quasiparticle for quantum computers

The most significant tech companies are working hard to build their own quantum computers, and Microsoft is no exception. In its quest to build a commercial quantum computer, the company uses physics, and it created a quasiparticle known as Majorana fermion.

This is a special kind of fermion that can act as its very own antiparticle. Majorana fermion will be the foundation of Microsoft’s quantum computers.

Main benefits of Majorana fermion

This quasiparticle will allow the creation of quantum bits aka qubits which are essential elements used by quantum computers for performing various calculations.

What makes this quasiparticle so unique, is the fact that it boasts the potential of being less exposed to errors and this means that it’s ideal to be used in quantum computing apps.

After creating these quasiparticles in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology in Holland, Microsoft is set to create usable qubits.

Microsoft is still behind competitors

As we already said, Microsoft is not the only company working on something like this, and some of its most important competitors such as IBM and Google and more are already ahead of Microsoft in their works to create a usable quantum computer.

One of the reasons for which Microsoft is behind is the fact that it was not yet able to create a qubit that can actually work in quantum computers.

If the company’s work turns out successful, the company could be looking at an opportunity to make up for all the lost time and manage to eventually create quantum computers which can be even more enhanced in accuracy and efficiency than the ones of its competitors.


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