TheBlinQC

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Physics

Abstract

Accurate control of complex quantum systems is of great importance for the development of
quantum technologies, as it permits to achieve many goals with high accuracy despite inherent
system imperfections. Realising this in practice, however, is a great challenge, since it requires
precise models and numerically expensive simulations.
The central goal of this project is to develop and implement control techniques that do not
require theoretical modelling, simulation or any knowledge of a systems' microscopic
decomposition. Instead, all necessary information will be obtained directly from the experiment.
We will identify control targets that characterise desired properties of quantum systems well,
and that can be estimated accurately and efficiently in an experiment. Based on the
assessment of these targets and their dependence on tunable control parameters, we will
develop control algorithms such that an optimal control protocol is found within a minimal
number of experimental measurements.
These methods will be developed in direct interplay between simulations of experiments with
many--body systems and actual experimental implementations. In simulations we will target the
creation and stabilisation of many--body localised states and time--crystalline structures, that
will give evidence that the novel control techniques can cope with state--of--the--art quantum
many--body problems. Experimentally we will consider the preparation of highly non--classical
states of a levitated nano--sphere and the formation of large crystals of Rydberg atoms. With
an experiment on an extremely massive quantum object and an experiment with many,
strongly interacting quantum systems, we will be able to experimentally achieve goals that are
clearly out of reach with existing control techniques.
Having verified the efficacy of the control techniques, we will develop a software package and
make it publicly available such that it finds broad application in the development of quantum
technologies.

Planned Impact

Control theory has long been vital to a wide range of industries, and quantum control theory is
becoming more important as quantum technology, nanotechnology and photonics applications
mature. The myriad of devices produced by the semiconductor industries, from the convenient
to the lifesaving, have been made possible by the understanding of how to control matter--field
interaction and many--body interactions, and similar impact is expected in the quantum domain.
The three central impacts of the proposed work, as expected from the call announcement, are
(i) tools to transfer quantum technologies from laboratories to industries
(ii) a deeper practical understanding of protocols for manipulating quantum information
(iii) enhancement of robustness and scalability of quantum information technologies, and
facilitation of their real word development

Given the consortium's broad distribution over Europe, we are in the ideal position to easily
promote our results to a broad base of researchers, industry and the public. Our host
institutions have active programs on outreach and translation of scientific results that will
support us in communicating our results to prospective students, generally interested public
and high--tech industries seeking engagement or investment in quantum technologies.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description We have identified resource-efficient control algorithms.
Exploitation Route Our findings might support the development of quantum technologies.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

URL http://theblinqc.org
 
Description Consortium meeting in Lisbon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact consortium meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://theblinqc.org
 
Description Consortium meeting in Vienna 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact consortium meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://theblinqc.org
 
Description Workshop in Besancon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://lmb.univ-fcomte.fr/Premiere-rencontre-du-projet?lang=fr