Quantum Motion teams with UPenn on silicon qubit research

UCL spinout Quantum Motion is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania to advance the company’s development of silicon qubit chips for quantum computing.

Asst Prof Anthony Sigillito Uni Of Penn (Left) And Prof John Morton, CTO Of Quantum Motion (Right)
Asst Prof Anthony Sigillito Uni Of Penn (Left) And Prof John Morton, CTO Of Quantum Motion (Right) - Quantum Motion

The University of Pennsylvania’s quantum hardware lab, led by Assistant Professor Anthony Sigillito, will test the fundamental limits of qubit control using Quantum Motion’s chips. Sigillito’s group brings technical expertise in developing new methods to encode and control electron spin qubits. According to Quantum Motion, the partnership will help further its vision of developing scalable quantum computers using silicon.

“North London and Philadelphia pioneered computing in the 1940s with the development of Colossus and ENIAC, the world’s first electronic digital computers, so it is particularly exciting to be launching a partnership linking these historic locations for the development of a new generation of computers,” said Professor John Morton, co-founder and CTO of Quantum Motion.

“Anthony Sigillito’s group is leading work to enable devices with improved qubit-to-qubit connectivity and new control approaches and we’re looking forward to working with him to develop a truly scalable quantum processor.”

The partnership will facilitate exchange visits between Quantum Motion and UPenn, aiming to establish deeper ties and offer students and academics the opportunity to visit and work in the experimental facilities at the company’s headquarters in London. To enable routine experimental testing of Quantum Motion’s chips, the company will fund a postdoctoral scholar, a PhD student for three years and invest in a significant expansion of quantum hardware testing infrastructure at the university.

“Quantum Motion is taking a systematic approach to understanding and overcoming the hard problems that must be tackled in order to build a long-term technology platform,” said Anthony Sigillito, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

“Scalability is the key theme in my lab and it is clear to me that even in its early days, Quantum Motion has been assessing the prospects for scaling to larger systems. There is a tremendous amount of talent at Quantum Motion and I’m excited that my lab will be able to interact with the Quantum Motion team on a deep level.”