Quantum computing provides strong motivation to extend understanding of fabrication and characterization of materials that can be manipulated deterministically to create a controllable quantum state. Improvements in materials fabrication, characterization, and simulation are needed to reach the stringent purity and atomic order requirements of quantum computing materials.
While there is a rich history of quantum computing research in the physics community, there are clear opportunities for materials science to impact current state-of-the-art quantum computing research. A variety of technical areas such as semiconductor, superconductor, and ion trap technologies are experiencing device limitations directly linked to materials performance. Other emerging technologies such as Majorana Fermion and topological insulator based qubits are at the brink of being demonstrated largely through advances in materials fabrication techniques.
The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum to unite researchers who are engaged in the study of materials research across all quantum computing technologies, and to elucidate common techniques and themes that are being applied to the basic functionality of materials used in quantum computing and their impact on qubit performance.