Quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionize sensing, communication, and computation. To realize this potential, it will be necessary to scale the size and complexity of engineered quantum systems by several orders of magnitude without sacrificing coherence or fidelity. Trapped ion qubits provide unparalleled coherence and are a leading platform for current small-scale quantum technology demonstrations. Optical addressing of individual ions with low crosstalk enables high-fidelity single and multi-qubit gates, and ions trapped in the same potential naturally allow for all-to-all connectivity. However, demonstrations of trapped ion quantum information processing have not gone beyond tens of qubits. In this talk I will lay out the hurdles facing large-scale trapped ion QIP and discuss a path forward.
Sara Mouradian received her BS, MEng, and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley she worked to build useful quantum sensors based on trapped ions. Her research focuses on building robust and scalable quantum systems for the next generation of computing, communication, and sensing.