Research

The development of new technologies at scales approaching the quantum regime is driving new theoretical and experimental research on control in quantum systems. The implementation of quantum control has an enormous impact on a wide range of fields such as chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance, microelectronics, and precision metrology. Quantum control finds an ideal application in quantum information processing (QIP), which promises to radically improve the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information. To reach this goal it is necessary to improve both the experimental techniques and the coherent control theory of quantum bits (qubits), as well as to gain a deeper knowledge of the mechanisms of decoherence, which must be studied and fought against.
The Quantum Engineering Group focuses on methods to control quantum systems that can deliver QIP devices (not only quantum computers but also simulators, measuring and communication devices), which exceed the capacities of the corresponding classical devices.

Funding

 

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The Quantum Engineering Group is part of the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE), the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA), the Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE) Program and the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT).


Research Projects

 

NV centers in diamond

The Nitrogen-Vacancy center has recently emerged as a versatile tool for magnetic resonance,quantum optics, precision measurement and quantum information processing. The NV center is a localized impurity in diamond, consisting of a nitrogen substitutional atom close to a vacancy. Commonly found in natural diamond, it can as well be created in controlled densities and positions. Single NV centers are addressed using optical scanningconfocal microscopy with excitation at 532 nm and fluorescence detection over the range 600-800 nm. The NV center stands out among solid state systems because its electronic spin (S=1) can be efficiently prepared, manipulated and measured with optical and microwave excitation, even at room temperature. The great potential of the NV center for QIS is also due to its very good coherence properties, with decohrence times approaching milliseconds.

Diamond magnetometer

In recent years metrology and quantum information science have emerged as complementary areas of research. We aim at applying the principles of quantum information science to the development of nano-scale magnetic field sensors based on single spin qubits in diamond. We focus on improving the diamond magnetometer readout, enhancing its coherence, improving its spatial resolution and devising strategies to achieve sensitivity beyond the Heisenberg limit. Ideas and techniques from quantum information science are critical in achieving these goals, from quantum non-demolition measurement, to dynamical decoupling and spin squeezing.

Control of quantum registers

The system comprising the NV electronic spin and close-by nuclear spins (N and 13C) is an excellent candidate for the implementation of small quantum registers capable of simple quantum algorithms with very high fidelities. These quantum registers can then in turn be connected via photon entanglement or direct dipole-dipole coupling. In this project, we will develop high-fidelity methods for controlling the electronic-nuclear spin system.

Quantum simulation and transport of quantum information

A system composed of nuclear or electronic spins could play an important role -complementary to cold atoms and molecules- in the simulation of condensed matter systems. For example, well-known NMR pulse sequences can be used to experimentally simulate the transport of quantum information in room temperature linear chains of spins coupled by the dipolar interaction. The next step is to demonstrate transport of information between quantum registers via quantum wires in a highly mixed state. We will use solid-state NMR to study simulations and information transport in large spin systems.