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Primeur weekly 2019-08-26

Quantum computing

Atos and C-DAC sign Cooperation Agreement for global advancement in Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Exascale Computing in India ...

Quantum computers to become portable ...

Detraction-free light-matter interaction ...

A University of Massachusetts researcher is shaping the future of technology ...

Schrödinger's cat with 20 qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Registration opens for HPC User Forums at CSCS and EPCC ...

EXDCI to issue Call for Proposals for project spin-off ...

PRACE Autumn School 2019 to address Big Data and HPC ...

Hardware

IBM demonstrates commitment to open hardware movement ...

HPE builds NASA new supercomputer to support future human mission to moon ...

Xilinx announces the world's largest FPGA featuring 9 million system logic cells ...

NetApp provides faster, more efficient solution for analytics and HPC applications ...

Applications

Katharine Cahill named mentor for NSF XSEDE Campus Champion Fellow ...

First Monterey Data Conference does deep dive into Deep Learning for Science ...

Researchers get first microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications ...

Computer model could help test new sickle cell drugs ...

NJIT's Bipin Rajendran is named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors ...

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award brings superconducting spintronics expertise to Konstanz ...

eScience Center and SURF to organize workshop on Machine Learning ...

XSEDE supercomputers aid in novel simulations of X-ray laser research laser pulse visualizations powered by SDSC and TACC supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware to accelerate machine learning, data science and AI workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

VMware announces VMware Tanzu portfolio to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes ...

IBM developing new Cloud services and technology to help keep data secured from future fault-tolerant quantum computers ...

Quantum computers to become portable


Quantum physicist Silke Auchter with a wafer containing about 1000 chips for quantum research. Photo: Infineon Austria.
21 Aug 2019 Innsbruck - Together with the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich and Interactive Fully Electrical Vehicles SRL, Infineon Austria is researching specific questions on the commercial use of quantum computers. With new innovations in design and manufacturing, the partners from universities and industry want to develop affordable components for quantum computers.

Ion traps have proven to be a very successful technology for the control and manipulation of quantum particles. Today, they form the heart of the first operational quantum computers and, along with superconducting quantum bits, are considered the most promising technology for the construction of commercial quantum computers. Since last year, engineers and researchers have been jointly exploring how ion traps can be built using semiconductor manufacturing technologies and which quantum chip architectures benefit in particular from the increased precision and scalability of modern semiconductor manufacturing in the cooperation between Infineon Technologies Austria and the research partners University of Innsbruck, ETH Zurich and Interactive Fully Electrical Vehicles SRL from Italy, funded by the EU as part of the Horizon 2020 project PIEDMONS.

In addition, the research partners want to find out whether ion traps can also be operated at room temperature thanks to innovative trap geometry. The researchers aim to produce more robust quantum systems and miniaturize the entire system by integrating the necessary electronics on-chip. On-chip means that the newly developed electronics are integrated directly next to the quantum system - in the laboratory they currently take up a lot of space next to the experimental setup. The vision is to make quantum computers portable for the first time.

In her doctoral thesis, Silke Auchter (26) researches ion traps. These ion traps are to be further developed using semiconductor manufacturing technologies. In this way, the traps can be produced very uniformly and precisely and more easily combined with miniaturized electronics and optics. In addition, more complex and comprehensive trap concepts that are robust against external interference can be implemented. The ions are used as quantum bits, the quantum mechanical counterparts to the bits in conventional computers. Researchers trap ions in the laboratory in an electromagnetic field whose exact shape is determined by the structure of the ion trap. Microfabricated traps have not yet had an optimal grip on the ions. If it is possible to construct these quantum chips in such a way that the ions remain more stable, this will help the quantum researchers in Innsbruck and Zurich in their quest for larger quantum registers and more complex quantum algorithms.

In addition, robust quantum states are required for use outside laboratory conditions, i.e. at room temperature and ultimately even mobile. With the first quantum chip prototypes, developed in the MEMS department in Villach, experiments by Silke Auchter are already being carried out. Silke Auchter is a PhD student at Infineon and is supervised by Rainer Blatt, an internationally renowned quantum physicist, at the Department of Experimental Physics of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. The aim of her research is to produce a microfabricated ion trap in which the ions are trapped stably at room temperature. At present, the prototypes of quantum computers still have to be cooled extensively, which is a major obstacle to the industrial production of quantum computers. In her experiments, Silke Auchter therefore tries to capture ions so efficiently that quantum chips also function at room temperature and even more complex chip architectures can be built.

More information is available at the PIEDMONS - Portable Ion Entangling Devices for Mobile-Oriented Next-Generation Semiconductor-technologies - project website.

Source: University of Innsbruck

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Primeur weekly 2019-08-26

Quantum computing

Atos and C-DAC sign Cooperation Agreement for global advancement in Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Exascale Computing in India ...

Quantum computers to become portable ...

Detraction-free light-matter interaction ...

A University of Massachusetts researcher is shaping the future of technology ...

Schrödinger's cat with 20 qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Registration opens for HPC User Forums at CSCS and EPCC ...

EXDCI to issue Call for Proposals for project spin-off ...

PRACE Autumn School 2019 to address Big Data and HPC ...

Hardware

IBM demonstrates commitment to open hardware movement ...

HPE builds NASA new supercomputer to support future human mission to moon ...

Xilinx announces the world's largest FPGA featuring 9 million system logic cells ...

NetApp provides faster, more efficient solution for analytics and HPC applications ...

Applications

Katharine Cahill named mentor for NSF XSEDE Campus Champion Fellow ...

First Monterey Data Conference does deep dive into Deep Learning for Science ...

Researchers get first microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications ...

Computer model could help test new sickle cell drugs ...

NJIT's Bipin Rajendran is named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors ...

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award brings superconducting spintronics expertise to Konstanz ...

eScience Center and SURF to organize workshop on Machine Learning ...

XSEDE supercomputers aid in novel simulations of X-ray laser research laser pulse visualizations powered by SDSC and TACC supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware to accelerate machine learning, data science and AI workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

VMware announces VMware Tanzu portfolio to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes ...

IBM developing new Cloud services and technology to help keep data secured from future fault-tolerant quantum computers ...