Published: March 2010
The baseline time span for this database is (publication years)
1999-December 31, 2009 from the sixth bimonthly update (an 11-year period).
The resulting database contained 12,386 (10 years) and 3,541 (2 years)
papers; 12,269 authors; 81 nations; 634 journals; and 2,661 institutions.
See additional information below in the overview & methodology
Quantum computation, the use of quantum physics to perform operations
today's average computers cannot do, is a hot up-and-coming area of
interest for both practical and theoretical research. This month, Special
Topics examines the literature on quantum computers over the past decade
and over the past two years.
Bloch sphere is a
representation of a qubit, the fundamental
building block of quantum computers.
The initial data pool was constructed using the keywords
"quantum comput*" OR "quantum information*" OR
"quantum logic gate*" OR "quantum algorithm*" OR "qubit*" to search
titles, abstracts, and keywords of original articles, reviews, and
proceedings papers published between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2009.
To make the paper lists more on-target to the topic, the search term
"quantum comput*" was restricted to the title
The highly cited papers over the past decade cover such areas as one-way
quantum computing, universal quantum computing, geometric quantum computing
using NMR, holonomic quantum computing, measurement-based quantum
computing, quantum computing with trapped polar molecules, fault-tolerant
quantum computing by anyons, physical implementation of quantum computing,
and architecture for quantum computers.
The list of top papers over the past two years contains many of the topics
covered on the 10-year list, but also includes cavity grids for scalable
quantum computation, accuracy threshold for postselected quantum
computation, light-matter qubits for a one-way quantum computer, quantum
computing with alkaline earth metal atoms, and holographic quantum
computers. Non-Abelian anyons and topological quantum computation and
quantum computing with trapped ions are reviewed.
Methodology: The baseline time span for this database
is (publication years) 1999-December 31, 2009 from the sixth bimonthly
update (an 11-year period). The resulting database contained 12,386 (10
years) and 3,541 (2 years) papers; 12,269 authors; 81 nations; 634
journals; and 2,661 institutions.
Rankings: Once the database was in place, it was used to
generate list of authors, journals, institutions, and nations. Rankings for
author, journal, institution, and country are listed in three ways:
according to total cites, total papers, and total cites/paper*. The paper
thresholds and corresponding percentages used to determine scientist,
institution, country, and journal rankings according to total cites/paper,
and total papers respectively are as follows:
*Unless otherwise specified, all rankings have a
5 paper threshold for all measures.