Cryogenics & Quantum Computing, ICC




5th December 2020



Cryogenics in Quantum Computing 

Advancements in cryogenics are enabling new class of quantum and nanotechnology applications. Quantum applications will be dependent on modular platforms that can probe and manipulate matter at the nanoscale under magnetic field and/or at low temperatures and simpler to use and manage. These environments will be used to assemble, align and analyse functional, organic or inorganic, nano‐ and microstructures, and to probe their structures, properties and dynamics, with potential applications in quantum technologies, nano based technologies, and nano-electronics.

Quantum computing has potential to impact us in so many ways and promises machines that are much faster than today’s computers with the additional ability to solve extremely complex problems that modern day supercomputers just cannot solve. Quantum computers consist of a quantum processor – sets of quantum bits or qubits. Some of the promising candidates are the superconducting qubits operating at an extremely low temperature. Quantum computers must ideally operate under a high vacuum and ultra-stable mechanical and thermal environments to prevent the unwanted excitation of the qubit state; cryogenic conditions are required because thermal energy can excite vibrational motion that could disturb quantum computing operations.

This talk presents an overview on the progress in development of advanced cryogenic environments for quantum technologies including quantum information processing. The new systems are compact in size and together with Cryofree® technology, sample management and advanced instrumentation have opened a new era in quantum and nanotechnology applications.

Date: Saturday 5th December

Time:  10.30 am to 12 pm GMT ( 4 to 5.30 pm IST)

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Dr Ziad Melhem, is the Strategic Business Development Manager at Oxford Instruments NanoScience (OINS), managing OINS Strategic Business Development on Quantum, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology applications, OINS Alliances, Collaborative R&D, strategic projects and consultancy projects. Ziad has over 30 years’ experience on product and business development activities in applied superconductivity, Low and High temperature superconducting (LTS & HTS) materials, and cryogenic and nanotechnology applications for scientific, medical, energy and industrial sectors. Ziad has successfully led the development of the world’s first 22.5 T research magnet using LTS and HTS superconducting materials at 4.2 Kelvin. Recently, Ziad programme managed the successful completion of the new generation of high field wide bore superconducting magnets used as LTS outserts for >25 T superconducting magnets. Current responsibilities include managing OINS business development and collaborative projects on quantum and nanotechnology product development.  

Ziad is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Institute of Physics (IOP). Ziad is active at national and international level and member of a variety of international and national committees and organisations and Industrial Advisory Board for different projects on superconducting, quantum  and cryogenic applications. Ziad is the editor of specialist books published by Woodhead – Elsevier on High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) applications for Energy Applications (2012) and on Electricity transmission, distribution and storage systems (2013) and authored a special report on superconducting materials and applications published by the UK Materials Network and launched at the House of Lords, London, UK in June 2011.