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Look inside a Quantum Computer

Temporary Exhibit Open from April 6 - May 28

Quantum computers have the potential to solve complex problems beyond the reach of today’s computers — even supercomputers. They use quantum bits, or qubits (rather than bits), that can be made of superconducting circuits, trapped ions, and even single electrons and photons. Qubits can draw upon the extraordinary quantum mechanical properties of “superposition,” “entanglement,” and “interference” to potentially explore problems with many variables and many possible outcomes, like molecular design for new materials and medicines, route optimization along networks, and tracking weather and climate.

Look inside a Quantum Computer includes a near-life-size replica of the dilution refrigerator and processing chip of the new IBM Q System One — the world’s first integrated universal quantum computing system unveiled in January at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Watch helpful videos and animations and see a graphic guide to the engineering that reduces the temperature of the processor down to near absolute zero, which is colder than outer space! Learn how you can begin to explore programming a real quantum computer through the IBM Q Experience and Qiskit.

Discover how quantum computers work and what they might be able to achieve with this rare opportunity to witness the dawn of a quantum computing revolution. Take a selfie! This could be a historic moment.

Look inside a Quantum Computer was produced by the Museum of Science in collaboration with IBM. Additional support was provided by NSF through the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (#1231319).

Location

Blue Wing, Level 1. Find on map

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