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ColdQuanta’s Quantum Research as a Service Division Begins Custom Ion Trap System Project for Oak Ridge National Labs

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Ion Trap System for ORNL
Ion Trap System for ORNL

ColdQuanta has begun work under its first Quantum Research as a Service Division project to build a Custom Ion Trap System for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL).

The newly established QRaaS division, which operates alongside ColdQuanta's Quantum Computing and Cold Atom Technology groups, will create an ion trapping system that utilizes a modular design to enable rapid testing of cryogenic electronics, system integration strategies and ion trap architectures, the company said Monday.

Max Perez, general manager of Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) for ColdQuanta said, “ORNL’s cryogenic ion trapping systems are the perfect type of project for ColdQuanta’s Quantum Research as a Service division because it furthers the adoption of quantum in familiar areas like computing, networking, and simulation.”

The company’s Custom Ion Trap System will leverage experimental hardware, system integration of vacuum hardware and trapped ion-utilizing experimental architectures to advance quantum research, drive quantum adoption at the federal level and enhance applications such as computing, timekeeping, networks and communications.

ColdQuanta’s ion trapping system will address known cryogenic system vacuum performance and noise issues with enhancements like a macroscopic vacuum chamber, an atomic source, thermal links, trapping electronics, a compact helical resonator and active and passive vacuum pumping mechanisms.

Recently, ColdQuanta was chosen to participate in the White House Summit on Quantum Industry and Society, a roundtable discussion with industry leaders and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to the Biden Administration’s identification of quantum computers and sensors as a critical technology in the nation’s future.

Perez additionally noted that the project with ORNL will further the QRaaS division’s mission of supporting government agencies and enterprises through the research, development and implementation of breakthrough quantum technologies.