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Spin-based Quantum Computing in Silicon

May 15, 2015 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Andrew Dzurak
Institution: 
UNSW, School of Electrical Engineering, Sydney, Australia

Spin qubits in silicon are excellent candidates for scalable quantum information processing [1] due to their long coherence times and the enormous investment in silicon MOS technology. I will discuss qubits based upon the electron and nuclear spins associated with single phosphorus (P) dopant atoms in silicon [2-5] and also more recent work based upon electron spins confined in Si-MOS quantum dots [6-9]. In each case, single-shot electron spin readout is performed using an adjacent single electron transistor and the process of spin-to-charge conversion, showing spin lifetimes of order seconds [2, 7] for the electrons and many minutes for the nuclear spins [4]. Control of individual electron and nuclear spins is achieved by spin resonance using an on-chip microwave transmission line [3].
In isotopically enriched Si-28 all of these spin qubits show control fidelities FC above 99%, consistent with some fault-tolerant QC error correction codes. Specifically the P donor electron spin qubit has FCe > 99.6% [5], the 31P nuclear spin qubit has FCn > 99.99% [5], and the Si-MOS quantum dot electron spin qubit has FCe > 99.6% [8]. Using dynamical decoupling sequences the coherence times for the P atom qubits can reach T2eCPMG = 0.5 s for the electron and T2nCPMG = 30 s for the nuclear spin.
In the SiMOS quantum dot qubits the electron g*-factor can be tuned using a gate voltage, leading to a Stark shift in the qubit operation frequency of > 10 MHz [8], allowing individual addressability of many qubits. Most recently we have demonstrated the exchange coupling of two SiMOS qubits to realize CNOT gates [9] for which over 100 two-qubit gates can be performed within a coherence time of 8 μs.

[1] D.D. Awschalom et al., “Quantum Spintronics”, Science 339, 1174 (2013).
[2] A. Morello et al., “Single-shot readout of an electron spin in silicon”, Nature 467, 687 (2010).
[3] J.J. Pla et al., “A single-atom electron spin qubit in silicon”, Nature 489, 541 (2012).
[4] J.J. Pla et al., “High-fidelity readout and control of a nuclear spin qubit in Si”, Nature 496, 334 (2013).
[5] J.T. Muhonen et al., “Storing quantum information for 30 seconds in a nanoelectronic device”, Nature Nanotechnology 9, 986 (2014).
[6] S.J. Angus et al., “Gate-defined quantum dots in intrinsic silicon”, Nano Lett. 7, 2051 (2007).
[7] C.H. Yang et al., “Spin-valley lifetimes in a silicon quantum dot with tunable valley splitting”, Nature Communications 4, 2069 (2013).
[8] M. Veldhorst et al., “An addressable quantum dot qubit with fault-tolerant control fidelity”, Nature Nanotechnology 9, 981 (2014).
[9] M. Veldhorst et al., “A two-qubit logic gate in silicon”, arXiv:1411.5760.

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