NASA Develops New Quantum Detector to Tranform the Future of Quantum Computers

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) developed a quantum detector that can measure photons of light with powerful accuracy.

The detector, Performance-Enhanced Array for Counting Optical Quanta (PEACOQ), has an accuracy of 100 trillionths of a second

Besides, it works at a rate of 1.5 billion photons per second.

Using a special quantum computing network may allow massive quantum data sharing between quantum computers.

Unlike conventional computers, quantum computers use quantum bits to share information.

Particles like photons and electrons are called qubits since they can never be replicated again without being obliterated.

Furthermore, the speed at which information is transmitted through optical fibers restricts the size of any potential network.

NASA’s free-space optical quantum network may put space nodes on board satellites orbiting the Earth to solve these restrictions.

PEACOQ is a very sensitive detector that can accurately work when it receives a photon and sends the data it contains.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s PEACOQ has a size of only 13 microns and 32 niobium nitride nanowires on a silicon chip.

According to NASA, one nanowire is 10,000 times narrower than a human hair.

However, this element must be placed at minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit (just one degree above absolute zero) to maintain the superconducting condition.

This invention could provide an answer to how we transmit quantum data around the world.