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EPSRC Reference: EP/N014995/1
Title: Quantum Technology Capital: An extensible simulation and test platform for quantum and quantum enabled technologies
Principal Investigator: Briggs, Professor GAD
Other Investigators:
Laird, Dr EA Anderson, Professor HL Bogani, Professor L
Mol, Dr JA Vanner, Dr MR O'Brien, Professor DC
Collins, Dr S
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Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2016 Ends: 31 March 2019 Value (£): 1,445,889
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EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Communications
Information Technologies
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2015 QT Capital Call Sift panel Announced
17 Dec 2015 QT Capital Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Quantum technologies require complex control systems and packaging to ensure that the quantum effects that they use are not corrupted by their environment or external disturbances such as magnetic fields. At present most approaches to packaging these systems are developed by building a prototype and measuring its performance. This is a time consuming and costly exercise, and it leads to a wide range of different approaches to solving the same problem.

Complex simulation tools, which allow a 'virtual' prototype of the control and packaging to be created are beginning to be applied to these systems. The aim of this proposal is to build on this, and develop standard methods that allow detailed simulation of a wide range of quantum technologies. These models and methods will be evaluated by using a test platform to measure the performance of the 'real' hardware against the simulated prototype. This will allow us to rapidly refine the modelling and build a knowledge base of approaches to this type of problem. Finally we will test the subsystems more fully hardware in the loop approach methods to evaluate the real hardware operation within a larger system simulation.

Our approach will be to focus on Ion-trap technologies initially, and then apply these approaches to molecular devices and microwave to optical conversion devices. A successful programme will lead to the development of design and testing methods that will accelerate the development of a range of quantum technologies

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