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Can Quarks (or smaller) be used in computing?

Asked by talljasperman (18502 points ) July 14th, 2011

To be used in a computer chips… to make smaller faster chips that don’t overheat? Something smaller than an electron might just work.
Also what else is in the works for computing advancement?

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LostInParadise's avatar

Until someone more knowledgeable responds to your question, here is my understanding. Quarks are inside of subparticles and cannot be directly manipulated. However, there is serious work going on to build quantum computers that, I believe, use quantum properties of electrons.

YoBob's avatar

Theoretically, yes. You can use pretty much anything you can predictably change and read state from to form a logic array. The problem is doing so in a practical, cost effective manner.

phaedryx's avatar

What do you mean by “used”? Are you talking about data transmission, computation, storage, or something else?

flutherother's avatar

There is no theoretical reason why we couldn’t employ quarks in this way. Free quarks only exist at 10^12 degrees Kelvin however so there will be practical difficulties to overcome.

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