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Theory of neutral-atom qubit arrays for quantum computation and simulation

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Dr A Daley , Dr J Pritchard No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Glasgow United Kingdom Quantum Mechanics Theoretical Physics

About the Project

In recent years, there have been substantial developments in quantum computing and quantum simulation based on scalable arrays of neutral atoms, especially utilising atoms in highly-exited Rydberg states to generate long-range interactions between atoms. These platforms have demonstrated potential advantages over competing technologies in terms of design of many-body quantum gates, and scalability. In this project, we will investigate both the architecture and applications of these devices in quantum simulation of many-body physics (including problems relevant to materials science) and quantum optimisation. We will focus especially on the near-term demonstration of a practical quantum advantage on these systems, and look to design new analogue and digital algorithms tailored for the neutral-atom platform. The project will involve a combination of analytical and numerical calculations, designing new ways to implement interesting problems, and optimising these for use in the laboratory.

In parallel, the team of Jonathan Pritchard, in the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group in the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde are developing the corresponding hardware platform, with ca. 100 neutral atom qubits. We will work in directly collaboration with them to optimise the algorithms we design, and implement them in the laboratory.

Contact: Prof. Andrew Daley ([Email Address Removed])

Start date: Flexible from Spring - 1st October 2021

The PhD will be carried out in the Computational Nonlinear and Quantum Optics Group in the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for UK or EU nationals. All fees are paid together with a tax-free stipend for 4 years, supported by UK Government and Industry. Financial support is included for collaborative work and for presentation of results at national and international conferences.
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