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Superconductive Electronics for Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Computing, and RF Communications Metrology

Location

Communications Technology Laboratory, Radio Frequency Technology Division

RO# Location
50.67.22.C0717 Boulder, CO

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

Advisers

name email phone
Peter F. Hopkins peter.hopkins@nist.gov 303 497-4696

Description

The Superconductive Electronics (SCE) Group is developing single-flux-quantum electronic circuits for applications in quantum information science, neuromorphic computing, wireless communications. More specifically, we are developing quantum-based circuits for the following applications: qubit control and readout for superconductor-based quantum computing [1]; neuromorphic synaptic training [2] for artificial intelligence and machine learning; and waveform synthesizers [3] for RF and wireless communications metrology. We have also fabricated and tested some of the highest-speed (> 300 GHz) SCE digital circuits in the world for potential applications in energy-efficient, high performance computing. Our vibrant laboratory has world-class facilities and expertise in circuit design and simulation, nanofabrication (qubits, resonators, synthesizers, digital logic), and cryogenic (0.01 K – 10 K) high-speed testing.

[1] L. Howe et al., “Digital Control of a Superconducting Qubit Using a Josephson Pulse Generator at 3 K,“ PRX Quantum 3, 010350, 25 March 2022.

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

[3] 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.

Keywords:
superconductivity; superconductor electronics; Josephson junctions; quantum computing; quantum circuits; cavity QED; rapid single flux quantum electronics; RSFQ; arbitrary waveform synthesis; microwave technology; wireless communications; AI; artificial intelligence; neuromorphic computing.

Eligibility

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

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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