Qubits focus issue

Our collection of articles explores the materials-related challenges and opportunities for different types of qubits, including superconducting, trapped-ion, spin, germanium and topological qubits.

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  • An article in Nature Chemistry reports a tip-manipulated approach to build custom nanoarchitectures on a surface by activating, orienting and coupling together individual building blocks.

    • Ariane Vartanian
    Research Highlight
  • Scientists have reacted to COVID-19 restrictions by organizing virtual seminars and journal clubs to maintain engagement. The authors reflect on their experiences and lessons learned from organizing such initiatives and highlight how, far from being temporary substitutes of in-person counterparts, they can help foster more diverse, inclusive and environmentally friendly scientific exchange.

    • James P. K. Armstrong
    • Irene de Lázaro
    • Shrey Sindhwani
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  • Silica nanoparticles have entered clinical trials for a variety of biomedical applications, including oral drug delivery, diagnostics, plasmonic resonance and photothermal ablation therapy. Preliminary results indicate the safety, efficacy and viability of silica nanoparticles under these clinical scenarios.

    • Taskeen Iqbal Janjua
    • Yuxue Cao
    • Amirali Popat
    Comment
  • Qubits come in many shapes and forms. Some are better developed, some will make it easier to scale up to big quantum processors and some will require less effort to correct errors. One thing they have in common: they will all benefit from materials optimization.

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  • Service activities are critical in the pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive academic environment. We must ensure that the efforts required by these activities are properly recognized through rebalancing the academic workload, such that service is not provided at the expense of career progression.

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    • Jessica Wade
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Materials for qubits

Materials for qubits

Our collection of articles explores the materials-related challenges and opportunities for different types of qubits, including superconducting, trapped-ion, spin, germanium and topological qubits.
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