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Schrödinger's machines : the quantum technology reshaping everyday life

Author: G J Milburn
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 1997.
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Perhaps the most successful scientific theory in history, quantum mechanics has already ushered in the information age with inventions like the transistor and the laser. In Schrodinger's Machines, renowned quantum physicist Gerard Milburn explores how our ever-increasing ability to manipulate atomic and subatomic processes is turning purely hypothetical situations and concepts (of a truly weird nature) into  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G J Milburn
ISBN: 0716731061 9780716731061
OCLC Number: 36083605
Description: xvi, 188 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Quantum Roulette. Two-up with qubits (not two bits). Quantum billiards --
2. Atomic Calligraphy. Quantum tunnelling. A new technology is born. Atom-craft --
3. Prisoners of Light. How low can we go? The force of light. Light up and chill out. Atom traps. Atom optics. Devices and desires --
4. Quantum Nanocircuits. Electricity by gaslight. Electron pinball. The silicon century. 2DEG, 1DEG, 0DEG. Quantised conductance. Quantum dots. The SET. QUIT --
5. Quantum Cryptography. Privacy and security in the digital age. Qubits and the Heisenberg conspiracy. The quantum protocol --
6. The Quantum Computer. Information costs. The 3G-pc. Reversible computation. Quantum computers. The square root of NOT. Beat the market with a quantum computer.
Responsibility: Gerard J. Milburn.
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Perhaps the most successful scientific theory in history, quantum mechanics has already ushered in the information age with inventions like the transistor and the laser. In Schrodinger's Machines, renowned quantum physicist Gerard Milburn explores how our ever-increasing ability to manipulate atomic and subatomic processes is turning purely hypothetical situations and concepts (of a truly weird nature) into concrete, practical devices - resulting in a complete transformation of our world view. Imagine the creation of machines the size of molecules, detectors sensitive enough to pick up the sound of a pin dropping on the other side of the earth, the fabrication of new and exotic materials, and extraordinarily powerful computers that can process information in many alternative realities simultaneously, creating a whole new type of mathematics. This isn't science fiction, but just some of the breathtaking possibilities offered by quantum technology over the next fifty years.

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