The discovery and design of materials for quantum information applications is a key requirement to unleash the full potential of quantum information science.

This project, funded by AFOSR,  aims at building a theoretical and computational framework tightly integrated with experiments to predict, with rapid turn-around, quantum-coherent properties of materials. The predictions will be validated by experiments whose results will in turn be interpreted theoretically.

We focus on the design of atomic defects in wide-band-gap semiconductors exhibiting optical and coherence properties appropriate for engineering qubits

A Three-Step Strategy

Identify Promising Defects

We focus on SiC and AlN  and compute  multiple properties of spin defects at a high, predictive level of first-principles theory, and at the same time we devise  experimental validation procedures.

Understand and Improve Coherence Properties

For promising candidate systems, coherence properties of spin defects are predicted and measured,  with the goal of defining an integrated strategy to improve coherence times.

Materials Design and Optimization

We are defining procedures to extract descriptors from integrated experiments and calculations to be used for materials optimization and design


Experimental Facilities

Experimental Facilities

Explore the experimental facilities used in this project. The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, completed in 2015, is a major research facility at the University of Chicago. This core facility is focused on supporting basic...