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IBM has built the world’s largest fridge for quantum computers

An IBM-built refrigerator for quantum computers is a hundred thousand times colder than space and could eventually house quantum computers with 4000 qubits

Physics


September 8, 2022

Metal plates in the fridge help draw heat away from the center

Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

In the Hudson Valley, on a one-hour train ride from New York City, I struggle to move a large, bent piece of metal. It’s in the front of a big cylindrical machine that’s at least twice my size. IBM physicist Pat Gumann lend a hand and together we will make it happen. Closing the door of the world’s largest quantum computer refrigerator is no joke.

Quantum computing is based on keeping things cold. The quantum properties…

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