Full-scale quantum computing will require the capability for error-tolerant quantum information processing. Unlike the more familiar Dirac fermions, each of which has a corresponding antiparticle, a Majorana fermion serves as its own antiparticle. Majorana fermions are suitable for error-tolerant quantum information processing because they are governed by non-Abelian statistics and their quantum states are thus topologically protected against most local perturbations. Our strategy for generating Majorana fermions is to combine helical surface states of topological insulators with superconductors. Through combined electrical and magnetic gating, we are working toward a long-term capability to create and manipulate Majorana fermions over a scalable network.
Qubits and Quantum Effects in Biology
It is unknown whether biological processes make direct use of quantum effects, as opposed to depending merely on the influence of quantum physics on chemical bonding and molecular structure.
June 1, 2017
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Quantum Materials, Devices and Molecules
Summary This project advances our ability to characterize and study novel quantum materials, quantum devices, and even individual molecules at the atomic level. By combining Non-Contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and scanning gate methods, we correlate spatial information with transport properties and can locally manipulate charge, spin and structural states. […]
January 28, 2019
Quantum Material Multilayer Photonic Devices and Network
Summary Realizing highly integrated quantum photonic devices on a chip can enable new opportunities for photonic quantum computation. In this project, we explore heterostructures of stacked two-dimensional (2D) materials, such transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) or graphene, combined with optical microcavities as a platform for such devices. 2D materials are extremely thin and flexible, and have […]
December 12, 2019
Quantum State Tomography with Machine Learning
Summary An important challenge in building a quantum computer is quantifying the level of control obtained in the preparation of a quantum state. The state of a quantum device is characterized from experimental measurements, using a procedure known as tomography. Exact tomography requires a vast amount of computer resources, making it prohibitive for quantum […]
June 6, 2018