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A scientist at the University of Sydney has achieved what one quantum industry insider has described as "something that many researchers thought was impossible".

Dr. Benjamin Brown from the School of Physics has developed a type of error-correcting code for quantum computers that will free up more hardware to do useful calculations. It also provides an approach that will allow companies like Google and IBM to design better quantum microchips.

He did this by applying already known code that operates in three-dimensions to a two-dimensional framework.

"The trick is to use time as the third dimension. I'm using two physical dimensions and adding in time as the third dimension," Dr. Brown said. "This opens up possibilities we didn't have before."

His research is published today in Science Advances.

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Category: Science