NQN Seminar Series: Circuit Model Quantum Computing with Neutral Atom Qubit Arrays

One of the daunting challenges in developing a computer with quantum advantage is the need to scale to a very large number of qubits while maintaining the fidelity and isolation of pristine, few qubit demonstrations. Neutral atoms are one of the most promising approaches for meeting this challenge, in part due to the combination of excellent isolation from the environment and the capability to turn on strong two-qubit interactions by excitation to Rydberg states.

In this talk Mark Saffman will provide a snapshot of neutral atom quantum computing anno 2021, describe recent results implementing quantum gates in a large 2D array of atomic qubits, as well as efforts towards connecting multiple arrays, and present work in progress involving running VQE and QAOA on multi-qubit circuits.

Hosted by the Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN), a coalition led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington. These web-based seminars feature experts on quantum computing and its applications, and support NQN’s goal of creating a vibrant industry that will contribute to the economic vitality of the region. For questions, contact

Wednesday, April 21, 3:00pm