The study envisaged the construction of an artificial atom 0.01mm long and was placed at the end of a superconducting material. Sound waves were guided along the surface of the material, bounced sound off the atom. What came back was recorded by using a microphone composed of interlaced metal fingers.
Study co-author Per Delsing, a physics professor at the university, said in a written statement said, “We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and listening to atoms. Our long term goal is to harness quantum physics so that we can benefit from its laws, for example in extremely fast computers.”
According to the theory, the sound which is generated in the atom is divided into quantum particles. The particle is the weakest sound which can be detected. It was a D Note which is 20 octaves above the highest note on the piano and is a pitch which is much above what a human ear can detect.
Manipulating the sound on the quantum level will open new possibilities in quantum computing. Sound by nature travels 100,000 times slower than light and hence it is more easily controlled.
Steve Rolston, co-director of the University of Maryland’s Joint Quantum Institute, who was not involved in the study, told Discovery News “Whether it has implications for quantum computing may be too early to tell, but it expands the toolbox for technologies to work with.”
The study has been featured in the journal Science on September 11, 2014.
This new discovery can led to an entirely new world of quantum communications.