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Quantum computers promise a revolutionary leap of computational power with respect to classical ones. This rises a validation problem of the proper functioning of such quantum machines, which cannot be benchmarked by a parallel computation on classical devices. In a recent Nature Communication paper the Femtosecond Laser Micromachining group at IFN-CNR, in collaboration with the Università La Sapienza di Roma, demonstrated that a 3D integrated photonic circuit, implementing the Fast Fourier Transform operation, provides an easily predictable suppression of specific output states. This condition can be exploited as a signature of proper full quantum behavior of the device, even in a regime that is beyond the computational power of a classical computers.

Editorial on Journal of Optics about the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies by IFN Director Roberta Ramponi and IFN Researcher Caterina Vozzi

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