May 2020: At AQT we are celebrating a very special anniversary. On 15 May 1995, AQT advisor Ignacio Cirac and AQT co-founder Peter Zoller published a seminal paper in PRL, presenting the first conception of how to actually build a quantum computer. They showed that laser-cooled atomic ions, trapped in a vacuum, could be used as qubits with which elementary quantum logic operations could be performed. Now, 25 years later, this bold theoretical idea is on the verge of becoming experimental reality, and we at AQT are doing our best to make a commercial quantum computer happen.
On the occasion of this anniversary, Nature Reviews Physics dedicated a highlight article to the paper: https://rdcu.be/b4iyx