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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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