Integrated optics architecture for trapped-ion quantum information processing


Standard schemes for trapped-ion quantum information processing (QIP) involve the manipulation of ions in a large array of interconnected trapping potentials. The basic set of QIP operations, including state initialization, universal quantum logic, and state detection, is routinely executed within a single array site by means of optical operations, including various laser excitations as well as the collection of ion fluorescence. Transport of ions between array sites is also routinely carried out in microfabricated trap arrays. However, it is still not possible to perform optical operations in parallel across all array sites. The lack of this capability is one of the major obstacles to scalable trapped-ion QIP and presently limits exploitation of current microfabricated trap technology. Here we present an architecture for scalable integration of optical operations in trapped-ion QIP. We show theoretically that diffractive mirrors, monolithically fabricated on the trap array, can efficiently couple light between trap array sites and optical waveguide arrays. Integrated optical circuits constructed from these waveguides can be used for sequencing of laser excitation and fluorescence collection. Our scalable architecture supports all standard QIP operations, as well as photon-mediated entanglement channels, while offering substantial performance improvements over current techniques.

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This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under DP130101613. D.K. was supported by ARC Future Fellowship FT110100513. E.W.S was supported by ARC Future Fellowship FT130100472.

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Kielpinski, D., Volin, C., Streed, E.W. et al. Integrated optics architecture for trapped-ion quantum information processing. Quantum Inf Process 15, 5315–5338 (2016).

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  • Trapped ions
  • Quantum information processing
  • Diffractive mirrors
  • Integrated optics
  • Optical waveguides