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EPSRC Reference: GR/R66029/01
Title: Nanoelectronics at the quantum edge
Principal Investigator: Briggs, Professor GAD
Other Investigators:
Pettifor, Professor D Taylor, Professor RA Benjamin, Professor SC
Johnson, Professor N
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Project Partners:
Hitachi
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: FORESIGHT LINK (FLA3)
Starts: 01 October 2001 Ends: 31 March 2005 Value (£): 1,489,633
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Quantum Optics & Information
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/R66036/01
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Quantum computation is potentially the most innovative area that can be addressed within the Foresight research priority of Nanotechnology, embracing nanofabrication, molecular nanotechnology, and atomic and molecular manipulation and assembly. Tremendous progress has been made (much of it in the UK) in the fundamental theory of quantum information, and there is now a global race to find a practical technology for quantum computing. Our initial strategy will be to develop the three most promising solid-state nanotechnologies: a molecular approach, an all-optical approach involving self-assembled quantum dots, and a single-electron approach based on nanolithography. Having determined the 'winner' for quantum computing, and having also evaluated the potential for revolutionary classical computing, we shall then focus on creating prototype circuits. These will embody a radically new global addressing architecture, which enormously reduces the number of wires and offers very significant advantages both in terms of the fundamental physics and in terms of the practical nanofabrication. By the end of the project we shall have realized a small quantum circuit suitable for subsequent development into a full quantum computer. This project therefore presents the opportunity to put the UK at the forefront of an embryonic new computer industry.
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