Atomically thin 2D materials constitute promising building blocks for quantum devices due to their exotic, layer-dependent electronic properties. The ability to stack these materials in alternating layers enables heterostructures to be built in almost limitless combinations and over small enough length scales to observe quantum phenomena. So far though, practical implementation of devices based on layered 2D materials has been limited by the challenges of depositing or transferring single atomically thin layers over large areas and of building multi-layers from different materials. In this project, we expand on our previously demonstrated scalable deposition techniques of films for electrochemical applications and control of defects in exfoliated 2D material flakes to build electronic and optoelectronic-based quantum devices in collaboration with Prof. Na Young Kim’s group. Our central goal is to create large area heterostructures of 2D materials built by sequential Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition. We will use these heterostructures to construct simple proof-of-principle quantum devices such as resonant tunneling diodes (RTDs). The work will include finding optimized film parameters for dense, ultrathin tunneling barriers, development of patterning approaches compatible with sequential LB deposition, and ultimately demonstrating a working single, double, and multi-junction RTDs on flexible substrates. While the RTD is one of the simplest quantum devices that can be fabricated from heterostructures of 2D materials, the methodologies we establish in this project will pave the way for improved THz emitters and detectors, faster transistors and memories, and other devices that rely on similar heterostructures and design.
Applications of Neutron Interferometry and Structured Neutron Beams
Summary Neutrons are a powerful probe of matter and physics due to their Angstrom size wavelengths, electric neutrality and relatively large mass. In this project, we develop quantum sensors that exploit these attributes to increases the precision of measurements of fundamental forces and materials structure. With David Cory, Alexander Cronin of the University of Arizona, […]
July 31, 2018
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
Quantum Computational Resources in the Presence of Symmetry
Summary Fault-tolerance is essential to the performance of quantum technologies, but known schemes are extremely resource intensive. Thus, improving existing schemes or inventing new schemes is of central importance. This joint project is based on the realization that fault-tolerance schemes make use of symmetries in fundamental ways, and that studying the problem of fault tolerance […]
March 13, 2019
Novel Superconducting Qubits for Error-Corrected Processors
Summary In this project, we develop novel superconducting qubits for error-corrected processors to enable large-scale quantum computing. Our design efforts will specifically target error-corrected architectures through a variety of paths. Possible features will include built-in parity measurements and the use of bosonic codes, such as Fock state and Cat codes, as our starting focus. Early […]
June 26, 2019