Call for Manuscript Submissions: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) on Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Storage

The guest-editors of PCCP (John DoyleAnna Krylov, and Kang-Kuen Ni) are excited to announce an upcoming themed collection in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) on Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Storage

Quantum computing and information storage promise to revolutionize our information technology. Some basic theory of quantum computing has been established over the past two decades and researchers are on the cusp of quantum supremacy for truly useful systems. Yet, for quantum computing to become a reality we need to find a practical physical platform for realizing qubits with enough fidelity and depth to solve important problems. At present it is not clear what platform will succeed at this.

Molecules are a relative newcomer to the field (apart from the initial molecular NMR qubits that energized the field), but the power of such systems is easy to recognize with a myriad of internal quantum states and dipole coupling for quantum processing. The key goals are the ability to prepare, control, manipulate, and interrogate specific quantum states of interacting qubits, control their interactions and thus program an array of qubits. The current status quo in this field is reminiscent of the dawn of the first quantum revolution (which brought us GPS, MRI, and other amazing technologies): fundamental physics tells us that there are grounds for a powerful and transformative technology and informs us of what needs to be done to realize it, but the actual work and, consequently, the success of the entire endeavour is in the hands of scientists, who must find the right platform for qubits and the right physical tools to control them.

This topical collection will highlight physical chemistry/chemical physics aspects of quantum computing and quantum information storage and will welcome contributions from experimental and theoretical communities working on atomic, molecular, and optical aspects of emerging quantum information technology. Contributions focusing on application of quantum computing to physical problems are also welcome.

Please consider contributing an article towards the collection. We encourage all types of PCCP articles – Communications, Full Papers and Perspectives. Please see our Author Guidelines for further information.

Articles can be submitted via our website: Please mention during submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed collection. 

Following our fair and impartial peer-review, accepted articles will be published online in a cite-able form as soon as they are ready. We aim to publish and promote the completed collection later in 2020.

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