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U Penn partners with UCL start-up to accelerate development of qubit chips for quantum computing

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2023

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is partnering with Quantum Motion, a start-up from University College London (UCL), to accelerate the company’s development of silicon qubit chips for quantum computing.

Under the partnership, a team of researchers at Penn’s quantum hardware lab will test the fundamental limits of qubit control using Quantum Motion’s chips. Led by Assistant Professor Anthony Sigillito, the research team brings technical expertise in developing new methods to encode and control electron spin qubits.

According to Quantum Motion, the partnership will help further its vision of using silicon to develop scalable quantum computers.

“Anthony Sigillito’s group is leading work to enable devices with improved qubit-to-qubit connectivity and new control approaches, and we’re looking forward to working with him to develop a truly scalable quantum processor,” says John Morton, co-founder and CTO of Quantum Motion.

As part of the collaboration, the start-up will fund a postdoctoral scholar and a PhD student for three years, as well as invest in a significant expansion of Penn’s quantum hardware testing infrastructure to enable routine experimental testing of Quantum Motion’s chips.

“Quantum Motion is taking a systematic approach to understanding and overcoming the hard problems that must be tackled in order to build a long-term technology platform,” says Sigillito.

“Scalability is the key theme in my lab, and it is clear to me that even in its early days, Quantum Motion has been assessing the prospects for scaling to larger systems. There is a tremendous amount of talent at Quantum Motion, and I’m excited that my lab will be able to interact with the Quantum Motion team on a deep level.”

Source: The Engineer

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