From microwave ovens to satellite television to the GPS and data services on our mobile phones, microwave technology is everywhere today. But one technology that has so far failed to prove its worth in this wavelength regime is quantum communication that uses the states of single photons as information carriers. This is because single microwave photons, as opposed to classical microwave signals, are extremely vulnerable to noise from thermal excitations in the channels through which they travel. Two new independent studies, one by Ze-Liang Xiang at Technische Universität Wien (Vienna), Austria, and colleagues  and another by Benoît Vermersch at the University of Innsbruck, also in Austria, and colleagues  now describe a theoretical protocol for microwave quantum communication that is resilient to thermal and other types of noise. Their approach could become a powerful technique to establish fast links between superconducting data processors in a future all-microwave quantum network.
Fink JM. Viewpoint: Microwave quantum states beat the heat. Physics. 2017;10(32). doi:10.1103/Physics.10.32
Fink, J. M. (2017). Viewpoint: Microwave quantum states beat the heat. Physics, 10(32). https://doi.org/10.1103/Physics.10.32
Fink, Johannes M. “Viewpoint: Microwave Quantum States Beat the Heat.” Physics 10, no. 32 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1103/Physics.10.32.
J. M. Fink, “Viewpoint: Microwave quantum states beat the heat,” Physics, vol. 10, no. 32, 2017.
Fink JM. 2017. Viewpoint: Microwave quantum states beat the heat. Physics. 10(32).
Fink, Johannes M. “Viewpoint: Microwave Quantum States Beat the Heat.” Physics, vol. 10, no. 32, American Physical Society, 2017, doi:10.1103/Physics.10.32.
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