The technologies made possible by breakthroughs in quantum physics have already provided the means of quantum cryptography
, and are gradually paving the way toward powerful, practical, everyday quantum computers
, and even quantum teleportation
. Unfortunately, without corresponding atomic memories to appropriately store quantum-specific information, the myriad possibilities of these technologies are becoming increasingly difficult to advance. To help address this problem, scientists from the University of Warsaw (FUW) claim to have developed an atomic memory that has both exceptional memory properties and a construction elegant in its simplicity.