Lucy Sherriff

Lucy Sherriff is a journalist, science geek and general liker of all things techie and clever. In a previous life she put her physics degree to moderately good use by writing about science for that other tech website, The Register. After a bit of a break, it seemed like a good time to start blogging about weird quantum stuff for ZDNet. And so here we are.

Latest Posts

Data loss holds no fears for quantum computing scientists

Researchers at London’s Imperial College have demonstrated a new theory of quantum data analysis that could allow a future quantum computer to tolerate data error rates of up to 25 per cent.The researchers, working with colleagues at the University of Queensland, have shown that it is possible to correct for a particular kind of error, in which qubits are lost from the computer altogether.

November 10, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Fluoro-Graphene: coming soon to an electronics design lab near you

From the Nobel prize-winning team who brought you the honeycomb structure sheet of carbon atoms that is graphene, comes the sequel: Fluoro-graphene: 2D Teflon.Kostya Novoselov and Andre Geim led an international team of scientists modify a sheet of graphene so that it became an insulator.

November 5, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff

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Directing magnetic molecules for quantum computing fun and profit...?

A single molecule magnet could boost the emerging field of spintronics now that researchers in Italy have shown it is possible to deposit a layer of SMMs on to gold, and retain the molecule'™s magnetic character.According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Roberta Sessoli and colleagues at the University of Florence managed to exert some control over the orientation of the molecule once bound to the surface of the gold, something that has historically proved difficult to do.

October 29, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Researchers demo triple-mode graphene transistor

Researchers at Rice University and the University of California, Riverside have taken advantage of another quirk in graphene's arsenal, ambipolarity, to build and test a triple mode transistor, that could lead to yet smaller and cooler (not in the iPod sense) wireless devices.Conventionally, ability of a transistor to conduct either electrons (negative charge) or holes (positive charge) is fixed during fabrication.

October 25, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff

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Light-matter cocktail preserves quantum states in diamond

Scientists at the University of Santa Barbara have, in the words of graduate student Bob Buckley, managed to "manipulate the quantum state of a single electron in a semiconductor without destroying the information", by very briefly forming a mixture of light and matter.

October 18, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Double debut for three-way quantum entanglement

We filed a post a few weeks back about research that showed it was possible to spilt a photon into three.Now, researchers at the University of Santa Barbara (and simultaneously, a group at Yale led by Prof.

October 8, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff


Graphene researchers scoop Physics Nobel

Two physicists from the University of Manchester are to share the Nobel Prize for their work on wonder-material graphene.Dr Andrei Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov scooped the prize -€“ thought to be worth close to a £1m -€“ for "groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene".

October 6, 2010 by Lucy Sherriff