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Advanced Monolithic 3D ion trap for Quantum Sensing and Information Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-P-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A20B-T009-0076
Amount: $166,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20B-T009
Solicitation Number: 20.B
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-30
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1111
United States
DUNS: 103627316
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Philippe Bado
 (734) 528-6330
Business Contact
 Sharon Stemple
Phone: (734) 528-6371
Research Institution
 William Marsh Rice University
 Norbert Linke
Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0001
United States

 (919) 660-2500
 Nonprofit College or University

We are proposing to design and fabricate an advanced monolithic 3D blade trap, which will be much more powerful and more stable than typical blade traps. Our design will incorporate features that will radically improve the trap operational capabilities over today’s standards. The trapping zone will be cut up into spatially distinctive sections, each of which will be optimized for performing a specific task. This will provide a capability that, so far, has been offered only by a few surface traps. Furthermore, unlike surface traps, our 3D design will offer advantages such as low heating rates, very efficient screening from stray electric fields, deep trapping potentials, and broad optical access. Our design will also include a means to efficiently dissipate heat, as required for stable trapping fields and reliable entangling operations. It will include a mechanism to control the trap frequency, which otherwise drifts as a result of unwanted fluctuations of the rf voltage, and it will incorporate some optical functionalities including laser beam application, and/or photon collection for state detection or remote entanglement. This trap, being monolithic, will require no assembly and it will fulfill the required micron-tolerances in positions of the different charge-carrying elements in all three dimensions across the entirety of the structure. This monolithic approach completely eliminates the severe internal alignment issues associated with all traditional (i.e. hand-assembled) blade traps.

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