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University of Sussex’s Ion Quantum Technology Group Favors Trapped Ion Approach

By IQT News posted 03 Apr 2019

(LabNews.UK) The University of Sussex is one of nine universities that make up a national quantum computing network, formed in 2013 as part of the UK’s government £270 million National Quantum Technologies Programme. Its mission is to commercialize the first universal quantum computer.
There are two leading quantum architectures upon which a quantum computer is based: superconducting electronic circuits – the approach favoured by IBM, Microsoft and Google in their efforts to build commercial computers – and trapped ion. Sussex favours the latter.
“We most certainly are some of the only people who have a clear route to how to build a large-scale quantum computer,” says Sebastian Weidt, from the university’s Ion Quantum Technology group. “IBM and Google are following a particular approach; we’re following a different approach where we believe we have a clear edge.”

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