University of Sussex
2 files

Blueprint for a microwave trapped ion quantum computer

journal contribution
posted on 2023-06-09, 05:04 authored by Bjorn Lekitsch, Sebastian WeidtSebastian Weidt, Austin G Fowler, Klaus Møelmer, Simon J Devitt, Christof Wunderlich, Winfried HensingerWinfried Hensinger
The availability of a universal quantum computer may have a fundamental impact on a vast number of research fields and on society as a whole. An increasingly large scientific and industrial community is working toward the realization of such a device. An arbitrarily large quantum computer may best be constructed using a modular approach. We present a blueprint for a trapped ion–based scalable quantum computer module, making it possible to create a scalable quantum computer architecture based on long-wavelength radiation quantum gates. The modules control all operations as stand-alone units, are constructed using silicon microfabrication techniques, and are within reach of current technology. To perform the required quantum computations, the modules make use of long-wavelength radiation–based quantum gate technology. To scale this microwave quantum computer architecture to a large size, we present a fully scalable design that makes use of ion transport between different modules, thereby allowing arbitrarily many modules to be connected to construct a large-scale device. A high error–threshold surface error correction code can be implemented in the proposed architecture to execute fault-tolerant operations. With appropriate adjustments, the proposed modules are also suitable for alternative trapped ion quantum computer architectures, such as schemes using photonic interconnects.


UK Quantum Technology Hub: NQIT-Networked Quantum Information Technologies; G1503; EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL; EP/M013243/1

Army Research Lab; W911NF-12-2-0072

Integrated Quantum Information Technology; G0650; EUROPEAN UNION; GA 270843

Quantum technology with nanofabricated ion trap chips; G0308; EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL; EP/G007276/1

UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology; G1511; EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL; EP/M013294/1

U.S. Army Research Office; W911NF-14-2-0106


Publication status

  • Published

File Version

  • Published version


Science Advances




American Association for the Advancement of Science





Article number


Department affiliated with

  • Physics and Astronomy Publications

Research groups affiliated with

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group Publications

Full text available

  • Yes

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date


First Open Access (FOA) Date


First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date


Usage metrics

    University of Sussex (Publications)


    No categories selected