In this project we develop a quantum interface between microwave and optical photons as a key enabling technology of a hybrid quantum network. In such a network, the robust optical photons carry quantum information through optical fibres over long distances, while superconducting microwave circuits protected from thermal photon noise by the low temperature environment of a dilution refrigerator function as quantum nodes, providing memory, processing and routing capability. Our work includes developing an integrated, microfabricated device that interfaces the fragile microwave photons and with optical photons through either individual or ensembles of three-level solid-state quantum emitters, such as nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in diamonds. In addition, we are developing novel quantum memory and repeater designs. Here the device itself could serve as an optical quantum memory, storing information in the ground states where we may perform quantum control via a microwave circuit. It could also serve as a specialized quantum node. Entangling operations between remote superconducting circuits can be performed for repeater operation. Finally, we will also develop an efficient microwave photon detector that works by converting microwave photons into optical photons, which can then be efficiently detected with existing technology.
Quantum Sensing Applications using Quantum Communication Technology
Summary The Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite provides a platform to develop and deploy quantum sensing and metrology via photonic channels. This project will build upon ‘free-space’ quantum communication technology and explore new approaches and methods to advance two primary applications: quantum-enhanced telescopes, and spectroscopic sensing for methane detection in the atmosphere. For the […]
December 8, 2018
Quantum Dynamics of Cavity Interactions with Spin Ensembles
Summary High quality factor cavities can be powerful control elements for ensembles of spins, enabling unitary control as well as on demand cooling. They can also be used to couple two otherwise non-interacting ensembles. The goal of the project is to explore the physics and engineering of such systems both theoretically and experimentally. The laboratory contains a […]
September 7, 2016
Next Generation Quantum Sensors
We are developing new semiconductor p-n junctions and designing novel nanowire arrays that have the potential to significantly enhance the ability to detect light at the single photon level over an unprecedented wavelength range from the ultraviolet to infrared.
June 1, 2017
QuantumIon: an open-access quantum computing platform
Summary Trapped ions are one of the most advanced technologies for quantum computing, offering multi-qubit control in a universal quantum computing architecture and the ability to perform calculations with unprecedented precision. In this project we construct a shared trapped-ion quantum computing platform, QuantumIon, that will enable a broader and interdisciplinary scientific community to access an […]
September 9, 2019