Project: Measurement and control of single-photon microwave radiation on a chip

The ability to build nanoscale electronic devices and operate them at very low temperatures allows scientists to use quantum physics to their advantage, in a range of applications. However, future progress in superconducting quantum computing technology depends on the availability of chips that can work at the single-photon, or few-photon, level. There is currently no way to reliably detect single microwave photon events. This project will address this by developing novel microwave sources and detectors at the single-photon level and improving the performance of cryoelectronic quantum devices, which have recently benefited from improved on-chip cooling technologies. The project could eliminate a major barrier for the progress of quantum devices and support the development of signal amplifiers for wireless communications and radiation measurements. In addition, the devices developed could be used in the realisation of a practical quantum computer based on solid-state quantum bits.

Acronym EXL03 MICROPHOTON (Reference Number: EXL03)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Coordinator Finland
2 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
3 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
5 Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö Finland
6 Lancaster University United Kingdom
7 Royal Holloway and Bedford New College United Kingdom