Archive for February 2018

Quantum operations on a 1024-Qubit Processor

Great news! NWO awarded an Open Technology Program grant to a team of PI comprising Carmina Almudever, Giordano Scapucci, Menno Veldhorst, and myself, all from TU Delft.

Quantum computers hold the promise to solve problems that are intractable even by the most powerful supercomputers. With a budget of 1.2 M€ and over the span of 5 years, we will investigate how to build a practical quantum computer, and move from the current lab prototypes towards quantum computers with the capability to solve real-life problems. Building on the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team, we will address the challenges of building a large-scale quantum computer by attacking the problems at several levels, ranging from material engineering and quantum operations up to cryogenic control electronics and computer architecture. Fats progress will be facilitated by collaborating with industrial partners: Intel, the world-leading computing company, that will contribute to the fabrication of large qubit arrays, and Bluefors, leader in cryogenic refrigeration, that will participate in the development and deployment of cryogenic electronics to interface with the qubits.

Stay tuned to hear about the progress! And drop a message if you are interested to participate in this research journey as a Ph.D. student!

Project description on the NWO website

Press release on QuTech website

The research team (from left to right): Menno Veldhorst, Giordano Scappucci, Fabio Sebastiano, and Carmina Almudever. Photo credits: Guus Schoonewille.

The project Principal Investigators (from left to right): Menno Veldhorst, Giordano Scappucci, Fabio Sebastiano, and Carmina Almudever.
Photo credits: Guus Schoonewille.


Fabio nominated Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE SSCS

The Distinguished Lecturer program of the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society (SSCS) provides world-renowned experts in the field of integrated circuits (IC) to give lectures and seminars at regional and local venues around the world. The aim is to educate and spread knowledge on a wide range of topics focusing on state-of-the-art IC technology.

I am very glad to participate in this program, and I can’t wait to take the chance to spread the word about research topics close to my heart. To this extent, I am impatient to give these talks about cryogenic CMOS electronics for quantum computation and fully-integrated references:

  • Towards Large-Scale Quantum computers: Cryogenic CMOS for Scalable Quantum Computation
  • To XTAL or not to XTAL: the quest for fully integrated frequency references
  • References for smart sensors

To arrange a visit in the context of the SSCS DL program, you can contact me directly or visit the SSCL DL website.

List of Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society