IQIT Project Summary
IQIT will develop and demonstrate novel routes towards scaling up physical devices for quantum in-formation science (QIS). Communication between different parts of a quantum processor by means of a quantum bus will receive particular attention. Developing a scalable technology will be pursued by first advancing two successful solid-state and atom-optical devices, namely A) arrays of superconducting qubits coupled to microwave resonators – here all-optical quantum computing will be explored for the first time in the microwave regime – and B) highly controlled ion trap systems. Then, decisive steps will be undertaken to combine these systems to form a scalable basis for processing of quantum information. This new, integrated scheme will be based on the simultaneous exploitation of superconducting qubits for fast and scalable computational tasks and of trapped ions for storage and processing of information with long coherence times. Experiment and theory will closely collaborate at all stages of this project, and importantly, a close collaboration between hitherto mostly separately developing subfields of quantum information science (solid state and atomic-molecular-optical physics) will be established allowing to combine and exchange the tremendous knowledge and expertise in both fields. The project’s long-term vision is an integrated scalable device for QIS. The breakthroughs envisioned are, 1st the design, realization, and test of an integrated processor with superconducting gates and trapped ions register, and, based on the knowledge gained here, 2nd the design of a scalable integrated architecture.