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posted by chromas on Monday April 16 2018, @04:20AM   Printer-friendly

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-atoms-combined-dipolar-molecule.html

Harvard Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Kang-Kuen Ni and colleagues have combined two atoms for the first time into what researchers call a dipolar molecule. The work is described in a new paper published in Science.

Researchers say the discovery holds great promise for the future of quantum computing, as the dipolar molecule constitutes a new type of qubit, the smallest unit of quantum information, which could lead to more-efficient devices.

[...] "It's true that for every reaction," Ni said, "atoms and molecules combine individually at the microscopic level. What we have done differently is to create more control over it. We grab two different species of individual atoms with optical tweezers and shine a pulse of laser to bind them. The whole process is happening in an ultra-high vacuum, with very low air density."

Though short-lived, the reaction proved that a molecule could form by using the laser stimulus, rather than additional atoms, as the catalyst.

DOI: 10.1126/science.aar7797


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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday April 16 2018, @07:55AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) on Monday April 16 2018, @07:55AM (#667545)

    Such a high yield, 100% conversion, no loses!
    Now, someone tell me... when they are going to deliver a mol of the reaction's product?

    (grin)

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @11:30AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @11:30AM (#667581)

      As soon as someone is willing to pay $1 per molecule, FOB.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @12:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @12:41PM (#667598)

    So now we finally know what a dipolar computer is. Soon we could have autonomous, riddle-loving trains based on dipolar computers.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @12:57PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @12:57PM (#667606)
    • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Monday April 16 2018, @03:04PM (2 children)

      by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Monday April 16 2018, @03:04PM (#667651) Homepage Journal

      Very interesting that they made water from sodium & cesium!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @05:08PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 16 2018, @05:08PM (#667706)

        Water is dipoler. I guess the big deal here is that it is three atoms rather than two.

      • (Score: 2) by turgid on Monday April 16 2018, @08:07PM

        by turgid (4318) on Monday April 16 2018, @08:07PM (#667777) Journal

        It's special water for rich people, a status symbol if you will, and an investment for all that money sitting around idly losing its value.

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