Sydney, Australia, 9 February 2023 – Australian quantum computing manufacturer, Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), has today announced how it has used entanglement to precisely map the exact location of individual nuclear spins in a silicon chip – a significant achievement in the field of quantum sensing.
“This result is an important milestone in being able to engineer and understand the impact of the local atomic environment of our qubits, as we continue our progress towards delivering a functional quantum processor at scale,” said SQC Founder and CEO, Michelle Simmons AO. “Our team has used entanglement, an inherent property of quantum computers, to map out where the nuclear spins are positioned in the silicon lattice with atomic precision.”
This novel technique, combined with their atomistic modelling capability, delivers two key benefits. Firstly, to map out the exact atomic arrangement of nuclear spins within the quantum processor in a non-destructive manner. Being able to sense exactly what exists at the microscopic scale in the location of your qubits provides a great insight into how the qubits will behave.
Secondly, the unique knowledge gained deepens the understanding of the role that nuclear spins have on the operation of qubits in silicon. This knowledge allows the team to use their globally unique atomic precision manufacturing technology to optimise the design of their processors for maximum quality and efficiency as they scale.
“This highlights why it is essential to understand and control a quantum computer’s environment at the atomic-scale,” says Dr Ludwik Kranz, the lead author of the paper Atom-based magnetic field sensors published in Advanced Materials on 9 February 2023. “By understanding how the nuclear spins in the local environment affect the entangling gates, we can more efficiently design and optimise the next generation of devices tailored for real-world use cases.”
A detailed research paper has been published in Advanced Materials on 9 February, 2023, which can be accessed via the link below.