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Quantum Computing Earns NIST Researcher Nobel Prize

Gaithersburg, MD — David J. Wineland, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. The honor is NIST’s fourth No- bel prize in physics in the past 15 years. Wineland shared the prize with Serge Haroche of

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the College de France and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. In announcing the winners, the Roy- al Swedish Academy of Sci- ences cited Wineland and Haroche “for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manip- ulation of individual quan- tum systems.” The Nobel citation notes

that Wineland and Haroche’s methods have enabled sci- ence to take “the very first steps towards building a new type of superfast computer based on quantum physics. Perhaps the quantum com- puter will change our every- day lives in this century in the same radical way as the classical computer did in the last century. The research has also led to the construc- tion of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new stan-

dard of time, with more than hundred-fold greater preci- sion than present-day cesium clocks.” “We’re so excited for Dave, along with his many col-

leagues and friends around the world, for this recognition of decades of world-leading research,” said Under Secre- tary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “Dave’s work embodies NIST’s mission to pioneer new measurement science that will sub- stantially advance technology and innovation.” Wineland has worked at NIST for

37 years and is internationally recog- nized for his research on trapped ions, which are electrically charged atoms. He conducted landmark experiments on laser cooling, which involves the use of lasers to cool ions to near ab- solute zero. This led to the develop- ment of laser-cooled atomic clocks, the current state-of-the-art clock in time and frequency standards; advances in experimental quantum computing, which use the rules of quantum

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Nobel winner David Wineland in his laboratory. (NIST photo Copyright Geoffrey Wheeler)

Better Electronics Through Invisibility

By David Chandler, MIT News Office

Cambridge, MA — A new approach that allows objects to become “invisi- ble” has now been applied to an en- tirely different area: letting particles “hide” from passing electrons, which could lead to more efficient thermo- electric devices and new kinds of electronics. The concept —developed by MIT

graduate student Bolin Liao, former postdoc Mona Zebarjadi (now an as- sistant professor at Rutgers Universi-

ty), research scientist Keivan Esfar- jani, and mechanical engineering pro- fessor Gang Chen — is described in a paper in the journal Physical Review Letters. Normally, electrons travel

through a material in a way that is similar to the motion of electromag- netic waves, including light; their be- havior can be described by wave equations. That led the MIT re- searchers to the idea of harnessing the cloaking mechanisms developed to shield objects from view — but ap- plying it to the movement of elec- trons, which is key to electronic and thermoelectric devices.

Cloaking Devices Previous work on cloaking ob-

jects from view has relied on so- called metamaterials made of artifi- cial materials with unusual proper-

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