PCCM researchers Andrew Houck and Jason Petta and their students recently achieved a milestone in quantum computing. They showed that a microwave photon can be used to transfer quantum information between two qubits spaced roughly 1 cm apart. Each qubit is comprised of a single electron spin trapped in an InAs nanowire. The report appears in Nature 490, 380 (2012).
The Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), Princeton's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), has received a generous six-year renewal from the National Science Foundation (NSF), through August 2014. Under this new award, PCCM will be able to continue and expand its research and educational outreach programs, continue to support and build first-rate computational and experimental facilities, and enhance the connections between Princeton and outside organizations.