Quantum Acoustics with Superconducting Qubits

Yiwen Chu
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The ability to engineer and manipulate different types of quantum mechanical objects allows us to take advantage of their unique properties and create useful hybrid technologies. Thus far, complex quantum states and exquisite quantum control have been demonstrated in systems ranging from trapped ions to superconducting resonators. Recently, there have been many efforts to extend these demonstrations to the motion of complex, macroscopic objects. These mechanical objects have important applications as quantum memories or transducers for measuring and connecting different...

Quantum Thermodynamics with Superconducting Qubits

Kater Murch
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The laws of thermodynamics are fundamental laws of nature that classify energy changes for macroscopic systems as work performed by external driving and heat exchanged with the environment. In the past decades, these principles have been successfully extended to the level of classical trajectories of microscopic systems to account for thermal fluctuations. In particular, experimentally tested generalizations of the second law, known as fluctuation theorems, quantify the occurrence of negative entropy production. The extension of thermodynamics to include quantum...

BAA Topological Excitations in Electronics

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 21 June 2017

The Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals exploring approaches to exploit topological excitations in electronics. The program aims to explore topological excitations that have recently been engineered in solid-state systems that have the potential to overcome fundamental limits faced by present electronic memory, digital logic, sensors and quantum bits (qubits) as well as other potential applications.

High Performance Superconducting Qubit Systems (HiPS)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 14 June 2017

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) is soliciting proposals for research in High Performance Superconducting Qubit Systems. This BAA has two primary goals; (a) substantially improve the fidelity of one and two-qubit operations over current state-of-the-art performance, and (b) design and test qubits with built-in error protection. While proposals that advance both primary goals in an integrated approach are encouraged, proposers may focus on either goal individually, given the state-of-the-art of their approach. There are two types of proposals with different research scopes covered in this announcement: 1. High performance superconducting qubit systems a. High Fidelity 2-qubit gates b. Error protected qubits 2. Key supporting technology to high-performance superconducting qubits

Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 22 March 2017

The FY 2018 MURI competition is for the topics listed below. Detailed descriptions of the topics and the Topic Chief for each can be found in Section VIII, entitled, “SPECIFIC MURI TOPICS,” of this FOA. Select topics include:

  • Integrated Quantum Sensing and Control for High Fidelity Qubit Operations
  • Novel Solid-state Materials and Color Centers for Quantum Science and Engineering
  • Controlling Protein Function Using Dynamic Chemical Switches to Modulate Structure
  • Nanoscale Vacuum Field Effect Transistors
  • Heterogeneous Interfaces: Route to New Optoelectronic Properties
  • Piezoelectric Nanoenergetic Materials with Adaptable and Tailorable Reactivity
  • β-Ga2O3 as a High-Critical Field Strength Material for Power Systems
  • Predicting and Validating Pathways for Chemical Synthesis
  • Advanced Optical Materials that Create Force from Light
  • Enhancing Thermal Transport at Material Interfaces

Quantum Computing Research in New and Emerging Qubits & Cross-Quantum Systems Science & Technology (W911NF-17-S-0001)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 7 March 2017

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in collaboration with the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is soliciting proposals for research in two focused topic areas: (A) new and emerging qubit science and technology (NEQST) and (B) cross quantum technology systems (CQTS).

NEQST focuses on qubit systems that explore new operating regimes and environments, fundamentally new methods of fabrication, and new methods of design, control, or operation. These explorations should have in mind the development of quantum computation where the novel properties of these systems create significant advantages in coherence, fabrication, and/or qubit operation over current state-of-the-art qubits. While NEQST focuses on developing new qubit and quantum gate technologies, CQTS focuses on combining existing disparate quantum technologies to provide functionality that significantly improves the performance of, or adds capability to, any of the individual qubit types. Topics of particular interest are quantum state transfer (e.g. microwave-to-optical), novel classical control paradigms, and quantum memories. (Note: this BAA is concerned only with the circuit model of quantum computation)

RFI: Cross Quantum Technology Systems

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 11 July 2016

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Research Triangle Park Division is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) in support of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) and the Laboratory of Physical Sciences (LPS) in seeking information on emerging concepts and approaches for cross‐quantum‐technology systems (CQTS) that may provide a path to significantly improve the performance and functionality of individual qubit types beyond approaches focused solely on the individual qubit type. These concepts and approaches combine (hybridize) qubit types to compensate for an inadequacy in the primary qubit system, significantly improving performance of the primary qubit, or which enables new functionality in the primary qubit. This includes highly efficient, low power classical information transfer between operating domains of qubits.

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)

  • By Aude Marjolin
  • 20 June 2016

This program serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidlyadvancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas: 
- Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE) 
- New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)