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Blumel, Nam Write Paper on Quantum Physics

Reinhold Blumel, Charlotte Augusta Ayres Professor of Physics, recently co-authored a paper in Nature called “Power-optimal, stabilized entangling gate between trapped-ion qubits.” Yunseong Nam, one of the other co-authors, worked with Blumel as a graduate student. Blumel’s contributions to this paper stem from his connections to IonQ, a technology company for quantum computing. Nam is…
Scientific Images of Nanoparticles, Colliding Stars, Learned Words Win Annual Contest

Scientific Images of Nanoparticles, Colliding Stars, Learned Words Win Annual Contest

At first glance, a viewer sees a single image of pink-tinted cubes, resembling a bacteria culture from high school biology. But upon closer examination, the viewer begins to see a series of other shapes—triangles to hexahedrons to tetahexahedraons (cubes with four-sided pyramids on each face). “If you stare at this image for a while, you…
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