Integrated Optical Multi-ion Quantum Logic

Time: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Type: Seminar Series
Presenter: Dr. Karan Mehta; Postdoctoral Fellow-ETH Zürich
Room/Office: Room 107
J. Robert Mann, Jr. Engineering Student Center
10 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Department of Electrical Engineering Seminar

“Integrated Optical Multi-ion Quantum Logic”

Dr. Karan Mehta
Postdoctoral Fellow-ETH Zürich

Abstract: Practical and useful quantum information processing will require significant jumps with respect to current systems in error rates and robustness of basic operations, and at the same time in scale and integration. Individual ion qubits’ fundamental qualities are compelling for long-term systems, but a significant challenge in scaling to large ion numbers lies in the optics used to precisely control their quantum states. Planar-fabricated optics integrated within surface-electrode traps may make atomic quantum systems more robust, and simultaneously parallelizable [1]. I will discuss an approach to systems capable of handling well beyond tens of trapped-ion qubits, and recent experimental work utilizing silicon-nitride waveguides and gratings integrated within planar traps for controlling multiple 40Ca+ ions [2]. These devices exhibit measured direct fiber-to-chip coupling losses of 1.5 dB on multiple channels at the relevant visible wavelengths, eliminating the need for beam alignment into vacuum systems/cryostats. Using these devices in a cryogenic environment we have achieved power-efficient two-qubit entangling gates with fidelities over 99%; these recent results suggest such approaches may assist in computationally nontrivial experiments. I will give an outlook towards more general operations on larger systems, and at fast (~µs) timescales.

[1] K.K. Mehta, C.D. Bruzewicz, R. McConnell, R.J. Ram, J.M. Sage, and J. Chiaverini. “Integrated optical addressing of an ion qubit.” Nature Nanotechnology 11, 1066-1070 (2016).

[2] K.K. Mehta, C. Zhang. S. Miller, J.P. Home. “Towards fast and scalable trapped-ion quantum logic with integrated photonics.” Proc. SPIE 10933 (2019).

Bio: Karan Mehta received B.S. degrees in EE and Physics from UCLA in 2010, and SM and PhD degrees in EECS from MIT in 2012 and 2017, respectively. He is currently working on scalable techniques for trapped-ion quantum information at ETH Zurich.

Hosted by: Professor Hong Tang

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:00 PM
10 Hillhouse Ave - Mann Student Center