Innovative Pulse Programmers for Quantum Computing Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,923.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0349
Award Id:
86251
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0044
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11 Ward Street, Somerville, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021366690
Principal Investigator:
Keun Lee
Scientist
(617) 661-8300
klee@magiqtech.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Hammond
Vice President
(617) 661-8300
andy@magiqtech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Quantum computing experiments use pulse programmers to generate programmable sequences of radio frequency pulses to perform quantum logic operations and error corrections. Currently pulse programmers are often designed in-house by individual quantum computing research groups. Consequently, they have only a small number of radio frequency channels and have a limited frequency range (up to 100 - 400 MHz) that falls far short of supporting solid-state qubit research. In Phase I of this program we have developed a new pulse programmer architecture that can support both trapped ion and solid-state qubit research by taking advantage of recent innovations in wireless communications and high-performance computing industries. The major features of the architecture are: (1) extensibility to hundreds of radio frequency and arbitrary waveform channels, (2) system-wide sub-picosecond clock synchronization, (3) direct digital synthesis beyond 400 MHz with phase coherent switching, (4) cost effective radio frequency synthesizer modules up to 22 GHz, (5) high-speed (1 GS/sec) pulse envelope generation, (6) ultra-fast (1 GBytes/sec) data link for fast waveform downloading, and (7) real-time feedback and dynamic pulse sequence execution for quantum error correction. This proposal describes the design of the pulse programmer, plans to build the prototype, and demonstrate its capabilities in a real quantum computing laboratory, and strategies to apply the technology to scientific, commercial and government markets.

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