Quantum computers to become portable

phys.org | 8/19/2019 | Staff
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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.

Thesis - Silke - Auchter - Ion - Traps

In her doctoral thesis, Silke Auchter researches ion traps. These ion traps are to be further developed using semiconductor manufacturing technologies....
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