Israel on Tuesday unveiled its first ever quantum computer, developed by researches at one of the country's prestigious universities.
A research team at the Weizmann Institute of Science is behind the development of WeizQC, one of only 30 computers of this kind in the world.
What differentiates quantum computers from regular ones is that they're not subject to the laws of physics, rather to the rules of quantum physics, or "qubits".
This essentially means that a quantum computer can calculate certain computational problems much faster and more efficiently than classical computers.
"Quantum computing is a promising technological-scientific breakthrough that up until a few years ago, was exclusive to universal research labs." said Prof. Roee Ozeri, one of the pioneers of quantum computing expertise in Israel.
"The rapid race of development of quantum computing began eight years ago, and today has huge corporate competitors such as Google, Amazon, and IBM, alongside world powers such as China, the U.S., and EU."
The name WeizQC is meant to be a tribute to the first ever computer in Israel - WEIZAC, developed 67 years ago. WeizQC is one of ten quantum computers that uses "pigeon trap" technology.
WeizQC takes error correction technology one step forward by leaving behind commonly used light sensors, and replacing them with camera-based scanning systems.
The quantum computer developed in Prof. Ozeri's lab includes an impressive five qubits, placing it in the same playing field as IBM's computers.
The Israeli team at the Weizmann Institute includes Dr. Tom Manovitz, Yotam Shapira, Lior Gazit, Dr. Nitzan Akerman, as well as researchers and students belonging to the Prof. Ozeri's lab in the department of physics of complex systems.
The theoretical initiative of the project was headed by Prof. Ady Stern from the department of condensed matter physics.