How an Accident Sparked a Quantum Computing Breakthrough

An accident in a lab in Australia has led to a breakthrough discovery—one that might even change how we approach building quantum computers. As we know, quantum computers are much more difficult to make quite as small as their classical counterparts, and one dream for future quantum computers is a best-of-both-worlds scenario, where single atoms embedded in silicon can be manipulated with magnetic fields, producing more compact chips with millions of qubits on them. And now, it seems, these researchers in Australia have stumbled across a way to control nuclear qubits with more-manageable electric fields.