Patent Number: 7,042,002

Title: Quantum memory and information processing method using the same

Abstract: A quantum memory includes memory cells each comprising a physical system ensemble, quantum information of the physical system ensemble being expressed by a quantum state of whole amount of the total angular momentum of the physical systems, and the memory cells including two storage memory cells storing the quantum state and a transfer memory cell transferring the quantum state, only two of the memory cells being present on a straight line. The quantum memory also includes a magnet applying a magnetic field to the two storage memory cells and the transfer memory cell, a first light source irradiating the two storage memory cells and the transfer memory cell with right-handed or left-handed polarized light, a second light source simultaneously irradiating one of the two storage memory cells and the transfer memory cell with a laser beam, and a detector detecting a polarization state of the laser beam.

Inventors: Ichimura; Kouichi (Yokohama, JP), Shiokawa; Noritsugu (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: H01L 29/06 (20060101); H01L 31/0328 (20060101); H01L 31/0336 (20060101); H01L 31/072 (20060101); H01L 31/109 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018