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Practical Traveling Wave Parametric Amplifier for Quantum Computing and Mixed Signal Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-14-P-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A14A-010-0084
Amount: $149,769.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A14A-T010
Solicitation Number: 2014.A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-08-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-03-14
Small Business Information
27-2 Wright Road, Hollis, NH, -
DUNS: 179492566
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Nelson
 Vice President of Spectral Sensors
 (603) 598-1194
Business Contact
 Linda Bouthillette
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (603) 598-1194
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts Boston
 Shala Bonyun
 100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA, 02125-
 (617) 287-5592
 Nonprofit college or university
A collaboration between research engineers at Solid State Scientific Corporation and the University of MassachusettsBoston proposes the exploration of a new class of superconducting traveling wave parametric amplifier (TWPA) that exploits the large nonlinear inductance of a unique quantum device known as a superinductor. The nonlinear properties of the superinductor provide high gain of weak signals traveling in the forward direction, but exponential de-amplification of noise signals that may travel in the reverse direction through the amplifier. These attributes obviate the need for the specialized cryogenic microwave components like circulators and isolators that are required to isolate the Josephson parametric amplifiers used todaycomponents that normally consume significant space, produce unwanted magnetic fields, are costly, and degrade measurement performance. In addition, the proposed TWPA promises high dynamic range and wide bandwidth, making it robust, easily integrable into experimental setups, and cost-effective for researchers in the quantum information sciences or mixed signal domains. The proposed Phase I effort will study the required parameters, design the amplifier, and derive the expected performance of the TWPA device.

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