Two-dimensional (2D) layers just one atom thick can be stripped from certain materials, such as graphene. The individual layers from one or more of these materials can then be restacked to create cage-like quantum heterostructures, which possess novel quantum properties. Incorporating magnetism into such a structure at room temperature could enable direct control of electron spin polarization in the transistor geometry. We are working to combine 2D semiconductors and magnetic insulators as an early step toward creation of magnetic semiconductor heterostructures for spintronic devices. Along with proving the heterostructure concept, success in combining the two materials supports a subsequent goal, fabrication of a nanostructure consisting of a superconductor, semiconductor, and magnetic insulator. Achievement of these two goals will provide a fundamental building block for spintronics, address a vital materials challenge in the pathway to quantum computing, and potentially allow for integration of processing and storage technologies in a single device platform.
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
Inverse Photoemission Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
Summary Quantum materials that exhibit strong electron correlations lead to phenomena, such as superconductivity and topologically protected states, that are important for quantum computation, sensing, and other applications. For example, we may utilize symmetry protected topological states to make qubits that are robust against decoherence, while advances in high temperature superconductors may significantly reduce […]
September 20, 2018
Topological Quantum Computing on Majorana Platform
Full-scale quantum computing will require the capability for error-tolerant quantum information processing.
January 11, 2017
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