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Ambient Quantum Processor compatible with an All-photonic Repeater Architecture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0421
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T005-0230
Amount: $144,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T005
Solicitation Number: 20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-07
Small Business Information
PO Box 55
Blackstone, MA 01504-0055
United States
DUNS: 016571171
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Papile
 (857) 529-7151
Business Contact
 Christopher Papile
Title: C_Papile
Phone: (857) 529-7151
Research Institution
 West Virginia University Research Corporation
 Pat Browning
886 Chestnut Ridge Road PB 6845
Morgantown, WV 26506-6845
United States

 (304) 293-3601
 Nonprofit College or University

The significance of the problem is to deploy combined quantum communication-and-processing near to Navy applications.   Our approach, when successful, would enable small, ambient operating QPUs to be connected at a distance by quantum-secure communication.  Unlike bulky optical components and in-contrast to cryogenic qubits, our system, using in situ generated photons, offers a practical solution for bringing the power of quantum technology to the US Navy requirements.   AFRL demonstrated a quantum communication protocol using optical apparatus at room temperature, and now a next step would be to make the optical apparatus portable reducing component size.  Our team’s patent-granted and-applied approach could enable entanglement swapping, CNOT, and Hadamard processes with petit auxiliary equipment and 3D qubit array footprint facilitating quantum communication nodes and discreet local processing.  Our ersatz Rydberg blockade mechanism eliminates interference at rows and columns of stacked quits, paving-the-way towards small processor footprint.  Our intended portable qubit system would be the basis for a mutually compatible platform of repeater/on-location QPU, assuring continued 21st century US Naval leadership.     Our team’s technological approach applies a cluster of confidential photonic Qubits.  Our design basis for the repeater in a scaled-up version is applied to a fit-for-purpose heterogenous quantum processing chip.  Our fit-for-purpose QPU criteria brings QPU devices faster to market, since they will perform the job needed, but not be general-purpose quantum processor.    Today’s quantum cloud services have made great strides but are curtailed due to the cooling requirements, which limits state-of-the-art quantum computing to “mainframe” ultra-cold facilities.  This ultimately limits on-location data throughput and increases latency; therefore we introduce a method designed for ambient-capable processing.     WVU’s fitting previous and on-going photocatalyst R&D and expertise with computational modeling (COMSOL and DFT) on materials of a somewhat similar class makes a perfect fit to transfer tools and conduct a computational analysis setting-up Phase II.  We will quantify scalability, consider potential manufacturing steps, quantify photon indistinguishability, processor rate, Rabi oscillations, H-Cz-CNOT gate simulation, qubit error physical model and map Phase II prototype fabrication.  WVU will also expertly engage in temperature, microwave frequency and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) towards completion of these goals.  We seek to benefit the USA by our organizations' combined expertise and patented system.

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