Exploring Quantum Effects on Memristive Devices

Quantum effects in memristive device

The laws of classical physics are no longer able to explain matter’s behavior at the nanoscale. Quantum theory is able to describe the physical phenomena that are characteristic of atomic and subatomic particles. The different behavior of matter at these energy and length scales makes it possible to create new materials, devices, and technologies that are based on quantum effects. This could lead to a quantum revolution in areas like cryptography, telecommunications, and computation.

Nanotechnologies is a branch of applied sciences that deals with controlling matter on a nanometer scale. (A nanometer is a billionth of a millimeter). The control of matter on the nanoscale is the foundation of the development new electronic devices.

Researchers at the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, in collaboration with several universities and research institutions around the world, have recently demonstrated that memristors can be used to create new computational architectures that mimic the functions of the brain. This will allow for more efficient computing systems, which are suitable for the growth of the artificial intelligence industry.