Later this month, I’m attending a workshop on drawing comics for public engagement. As part of the preparation, all the attendees have been asked to draw a 5 minute comic on their research, without using any text.
Here’s my attempt:
- Information can be stored in quantum objects, such as the spin of an electron or within the nucleus of an atom. This quantum information can be passed between different objects – here the electron is passing information to the nucleus.
- The nuclear spin is a great place to store information and keep it safe.
- The information can be stored for a long time using the nuclear spin.
- When we want to read the quantum information, we pass it back to the electron.
This is known as hybrid quantum computing – different quantum objects are used for different purposes. Nuclear spins are used for storage, whilst electron spins are useful for read-out and working with the information.
My work looks at how to protect the quantum information stored in nuclear spins which can pass information to neighbouring electron spins. This will help us to build more robust quantum computers.