Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the world, allowing massive health and science computation problems to be solved exponentially faster than by classic computing. But quantum computers have a big drawback—they can only operate in subzero temperatures.

"In order to make quantum computers work, we cannot use them at room temperature," said Ahmed El-Gendy, Ph.D., an associate professor of physics at The University of Texas at El Paso. "That means we will need to cool the computers and cool all the materials, which is very expensive."

Now, physicists at The University of Texas at El Paso believe they have made a in that regard. Led by El-Gendy, the team has developed a highly magnetic quantum computing material—100 times more magnetic than pure iron—that functions at regular temperature. The material is described in a summer issue of the journal Applied Physics Letters.

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