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Science BREAKTHROUGH: A new state of matter has just been discovered

The landmark discovery is hoped to both increase storage space and speed-up quantum computing. The research was focused on quantum computing, a cutting-edge method allowing for exponentially faster performance than traditional computing. In quantum computing, data is processed in qubits instead of traditional binary bits in the form of 0s and 1s.

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“This new topological state can be manipulated in ways that could both speed calculation in quantum computing and boost storage.”Professor Shabani and his team examined a transition of quantum state from its conventional state to a new topological state, measuring the energy barrier between these states.

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Professor Shabani added: ”The new discovery of topological superconductivity in a two-dimensional platform paves the way for building scalable topological qubits to not only store quantum information, but also to manipulate the quantum states that are free of error.The revolutionary discovery coincides with another finding fuelling hopes quantum computers will soon become commercially viable.

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