Scientists have developed a mechanical system consisting of a tiny echo chamber for sound waves and quantum electrical circuit, which provides interconnection and control. Technology can be used to create new types of sensors, communication and information storage.
All previous studies associated with subatomic particles have come across that quantum systems are poorly combined with mechanical, which underlie the majority of modern technologies. Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Engineering of the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory managed to achieve sustainable interaction between them and ensure the possibility of management.
The integration of these two systems allows you to create incredibly accurate quantum sensors capable of detecting the smallest oscillations of individual atoms. Initially, the researchers worked on connecting quantum power supply to a device that generates acoustic waves moving along the surface of a solid material, similar to water ripples. The key breakthrough was the independent creation of two systems from various materials and their subsequent successful union.
To work both items, the temperature is maintained close to the absolute zero. However, despite this, scientists are excited by opening prospects. Development creates the basis for conducting experiments with acoustics in the quantum world. In addition to the fact that there are a number of fundamental questions about sound behavior at the subatomic level, the technology allows you to develop new ways to store quantum information or communication systems that provide communication at any distance.
Schemes also allow you to convert data to optical signals. According to the developers, quantum sensors will be able to be used in various devices: from devices for detecting gravitational waves near black holes, to radio and mobile phones.
Previously, we also wrote about the development