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The 20th century marked an era of extraordinary achievements in knowledge and control of matter at nano and macro scales. These advances were possible thanks to theoretical and experimental developments led by quantum theory,  which  fertilized the ground for the consolidation of the so-called first quantum revolution. From this first revolution, knowledge about the nature and behavior of light and fundamental entities that are part of the physical universe was achieved.  It enabled the consolidating of the bases for the development of electronic technology, computer technology, communications and instrumentation. However, the development of mature quantum technology did not take place.

The 21st century is embracing the so-called second quantum revolution, in which information, computing, communications and metrology technologies are expected to be drastically affected.  The development and commercialization of quantum computers, the quantum internet, quantum nanosensors, crypto systems, among other advances, will become a reality. To make this scenario of possibilities viable, nanoscience and nanotechnology will play a crucial role.  From the nano-offer, specifically at the level of control of matter at scales close to those of atoms, it becomes possible to configure the raw material for making operating devices under the quantum regime. Thus, the paradigmatic quantum dots, together with nanowires and  quantum wells, could play a role in the development of processors and computing devices.

In the nanoelectronics area, graphene, due to its properties, will play a leading role. On the other hand, we must not forget the convenient integration of quantum physics with biology science, from which we will obtain the most advanced and efficient technological systems and artifacts to realize the ideal of development that the second revolution projects.

We welcome the second quantum revolution with the desire that it be a factor of development and well-being for the society of the 21st century.

E. Gonzalez


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