Phoniton named UMD Invention of the Year Finalist

April 17th, 2012  |  Published in All, News, Phonitons

Could the Next World-Changing Technology Emerge From UMD?
(Not exactly how we would hype it, but we appreciate the support!)

Phonitons as a Sound-based Analogue of Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics
Charles George Tahan, Rousko Todorov Hristov, Oney O. Soykal

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the National Security Agency (NSA) have developed the analog of cQED using phonons, the quantum particle of sound. Despite the added complexities of trapping a phonon in a host material, the research has shown that it is possible to couple a phonon and an electrically charged particle into what is now called a phoniton. The phoniton could revolutionize various systems, both academic and commercial. Traditional MEMS sensors could be replaced by highly sensitive and extremely low power phoniton based sensors, phonitons could mediate interactions between distant qubits in quantum computers, and proposed sound lasers could become a reality with this technology.

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