Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Materials Science

Materials Science Research Lecture

Wednesday May 12, 2021 4:00 PM

Materials for Superconducting Quantum Computing

Speaker: Andrew Houck, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
Location: Online Event

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Webinar ID: 957 0877 2987


The superconducting transmon qubit is a leading platform for quantum computing and quantum science. Building large, useful quantum systems based on transmon qubits will require significant improvements in qubit relaxation and coherence times, which are orders of magnitude shorter than limits imposed by bulk properties of the constituent materials. This indicates that relaxation likely originates from uncontrolled surfaces, interfaces, and contaminants. Previous efforts to improve qubit lifetimes have focused primarily on designs that minimize contributions from surfaces. However, significant improvements in the lifetime of two-dimensional transmon qubits have remained elusive for several years. We will present a materials-based approach to reliably reproduce long coherence times by using tantalum-based devices, and present detailed characterization of devices to understand remaining sources of decoherence.

More about the Speaker:

Andrew Houck is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Quantum Institute. His current research centers on quantum computing and quantum simulation with superconducting circuits. Specific projects include discovering and implementing novel qubits, materials for quantum information, and using graph theory to inform lattice design for building artificial quantum materials. He teaches quantum information and has helped developed a new series of freshman physics and math courses that significantly reduces the achievement gap among first year students. Houck serves the Deputy Director of the Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage, a DOE center run out of Brookhaven National Laboratory, and as Chair of the Division of Quantum Information in the American Physical Society.

Series Materials Research Lecture Series

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