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Superconducting Electronics for Quantum Computing and Advanced Communications


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Electromagnetics Division

RO# Location
50.68.72.C0376 Boulder, CO

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Hopkins, Peter F. 303 497-4696


The Superconductive Electronics (SCE) Group is developing single-flux-quantum electronic circuits for applications in wireless communications, quantum computing, and neuromorphic computing. More specifically, we are developing quantum-based circuits for waveform synthesizers [1] for RF metrology, cryogenic on-chip signal processing, qubit control and readout [2], and neuromorphic synaptic training.[3] We have also fabricated and tested some of the highest-speed SCE digital circuits in the world for potential applications in energy-efficient, high performance computing. Our vibrant laboratory has facilities and expertise in circuit design and simulation, nanofabrication, and cryogenic high-speed testing.

[1] P. F. Hopkins et al., "RF Waveform Synthesizers with Quantum-Based Voltage Accuracy for Communications Metrology," IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., Vol. 29, No. 5, Aug 2019.

[2] A. J. Sirois et al., “Josephson Microwave Sources Applied to Quantum Information Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering, vol. 1, pp. 1-7, 2020, Art no. 6002807, doi: 10.1109/TQE.2020.3045682.

[3] M. L. Schneider et al., "Ultralow power artificial synapses using nanotextured magnetic Josephson junctions," Sci. Adv., vol. 4, no. 1, p. e1701329, Jan. 2018.

Josephson junctions; quantum computing; superconductive electronics; single flux quantum circuits; arbitrary waveform synthesis; wireless communications; artificial intelligence; AI; neuromorphic computing


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$72,750.00 $3,000.00
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