Quantum annealers using superconducting qubits are one of the leading platforms for demonstrating quantum speedup in the context of solving optimisation problems. But at present the types of two-qubit interactions which are used in quantum annealers limit the range of solvable optimisation problems to those which can also be efficiently classically solved. The implementation of new types of two-qubit interaction could allow quantum annealers to solve problems which are fundamentally out of reach of the classical competition.
In this project we will design, fabricate and experimentally measure the properties of novel couplers which are predicted to enable a tuneable capacitive interaction between pairs of superconducting flux qubits. Design will exploit existing software tools developed within Paul Warburton’s group [1,2]. Fabrication will take place at cleanrooms at both the London Centre for Nanotechnology (UCL) and Superfab (Royal Holloway College). Measurements will be undertaken at 10 mK in an existing dilution refrigerator set-up with low-noise radio-frequency characterisation tools.
The ideal candidate will be an experimentalist with an MSc, MEng or MSci degree (or equivalent) in physics or electrical engineering.
 Consani and Warburton, New J. Phys. 22 053040 (2020)  Paul Warburton
This project is part of the UCL EPSRC DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership). All studentships are fully funded for 4 years and provide:
- 4 years fees (Home rate) (International students will receive a UCL award to cover the home/international fee difference)
- Maintenance stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate
- Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £4,800. This is to cover additional costs of training eg courses, project costs, conferences, travel
How to Apply:
- Informal inquiries regarding the project can be made by contacting Prof. Paul Warburton
- Formal applications should be made via UCL's Doctoral School here
- Please note that the 8 January deadline (1pm) includes the submission of references by that date.