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qubit

blending; noun
Analogy to the bit used in traditional computers as in quantum computers. The smallest unit of storing information.
 
Normally we can say “quantum bit”, which is not much effort, yet not as less as saying “bit” for traditional computers. Since quantum bit is the smallest unit in computer to store information, people tend to record and speak of it in a very short and concise fashion, just like the bit.
Etymology : blending of quantum from Latin quantum “a portion” and bit from old English bite “small piece” [http://pra.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v51/i4/p2738_1]
Source : Citation: “Qubits of information…” [BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24934786]. 2013.11.14 Source: “Quantum Coding”. B. Schumacher. Physical Review A. 1995
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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