Scientists have made a crucial breakthrough in quantum computing.

With the recently created “single electron reader” by scientists from the University of New South Wales, we are possibly nearer than ever to building a silicon-made quantum computer that will be miles ahead in processing speed over conventional computers. By creating the electron reader, scientists have made it possible to measure the spin of an electron in silicon, which is crucial in creating a qubit-the basic unit of information for a quantum computer.

The team is now developing a single electron writer that combined with the above will create this much awaited computer's basic processing unit.

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