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Team discovers a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age

  1. Aug 2, 2018 #1
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    Quantum materials could open up so many possibilities in our life time. Can you imagine what this could mean in space travel? I will be watching this discovery for sure.
     
  4. Aug 2, 2018 #3

    ZapperZ

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    Did you even read the actual paper? What does this have anything to do with space travel?

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  5. Aug 3, 2018 #4

    sophiecentaur

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    I could find nothing concrete in that article. What's it all about - or is it just journalist hype?
     
  6. Aug 3, 2018 #5

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    They have found a new type of topological insulator. It is interesting but right now it has zero relevance for e.g. quantum computing..
    Note that the type of topological quantum computing that e.g. Microsoft (StationQ) is pursuing is not actually based on topological insulators (they are trying to use Majornas, but that this is a different story). The word "topology" has different implications in different contexts.

    Topological insulators do -potentially- have some interesting applications (they have really weird transport properties) but the fact that they are "quantum materials" does not meant that the applications need to be "quantum".
    So, yes, the article is just hype.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2018 #6

    sophiecentaur

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    That's a relief. I always suspect that I must just be ignorant when I read an article and it means nothing to me. Do you have some pole-level source of proper information about this?
     
  8. Aug 15, 2018 #7
    I am just talking about what I read and found it really interesting. Sorry if I offended anyone
     
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  10. Aug 15, 2018 #9

    ZapperZ

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    Finding it "really interesting" and making wild and illogical connection to "space travel" are two different things. This is a science forum, and there has to be a clear "cause and effect" if you want to make such a connection, unlike other types of discussion.

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  11. Aug 15, 2018 #10
    I am new at this, it is good to know you are on top of what is actual and what is just a hype. Thank you for clarifying this.
    I am still learning.
     
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