At the Frontiers of Science
Videos Show Innovations in Quantum Computing, Nanotechnology
Raytheon is thinking big by thinking small.
Two new videos give viewers a rare look inside the company’s labs, where scientists are creating new kinds of materials and rethinking the basic building blocks of computer technology.
In the first “I am an Innovator” video, scientists explain how Raytheon is using the unique properties of subatomic particles to change the way computers think. Another video reveals how Raytheon is creating new substances straight from the pages of science fiction.
“When you get to the nano scale, you’re actually changing the way the atoms and the molecules are interacting,” says lead scientist Teresa Clement. “You can really see the impact of single atoms interacting with each other.”
Clement and her colleagues are using nano composite optical ceramics to replace exotic and expensive materials. In the video, Raytheon’s James Chow explains how nano-based ceramics reduce the size, weight and power requirements of space and airborne sensors.
Meanwhile, Raytheon’s quantum physicists are pushing the boundaries of science by developing designs for the supercomputers of the future.
“Current computers throw away a lot of information and a lot of power we know is there in nature,” says lead scientist Zac Dutton. “If we build quantum computers, we’re essentially taking advantage of all the power and all the information we know is in natural systems.”
Quantum computers will be more powerful and use less energy than conventional computers. But as in nanotechnology, the implications of the science go far beyond our imaginations today.
“The promise of the technology is incredible,” says Raytheon physicist Tom Ohki. “It’s something where effectively, you create a game-changing technology that does not exist now.”
Read more about Raytheon’s innovations in Technology Today magazine.
Last Updated: 08/12/2014