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Investigation of physical implementations of computation processes played and still plays a vital role in the development of physics, e.g., in clarifying foundations of statistical mechanics, developing physics of semiconductors or enabling numerical experiments.
The possibilities opened by quantum technologies over the last twenty years underline this role, give it new dimensions and present new challenges. The huge technical progress of classical computing allowed us for a while to forget about physical limitations on basic logic operations and to deal with computations in a highly abstract way. Due to the fragility of quantum states and early state of available technologies, the physics of quantum computation returns to the forefront. We should probably celebrate this as a stimulus for the search of new approaches, an opportunity to find new interesting physics in artificial quantum coherent structures, and a new meeting ground for physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering.
This Section of Frontiers in Physics is dedicated to this exact purpose: investigation of physics of quantum computers and other quantum systems used for information acquisition and processing and applying the results of this investigation to their engineering.
We also welcome research in areas such as: quantum simulation, quantum-classical transition, quantum materials and metamaterials.
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Quantum Computing welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Quantum Computing, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Quantum Computing will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Physics and Computer Science.
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