Postgraduate research project

Space-Time-varying superconducting surfaces for enhanced efficiency quantum computing and quantum wave processing applications

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This groundbreaking research project is dedicated to advancing the field of wave engineering and transformation within superconducting quantum computers and quantum processors. The focal point of our investigation lies in the exploration of space-time-varying superconducting metasurfaces, aiming to push the boundaries of next-generation quantum computing. 

The University of Southampton is expanding its PhD research in the area of Quantum Technology Engineering. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills.

Our interdisciplinary approach combines analytical investigations, numerical simulations utilizing Matlab (FDTD code) and Comsol Multiphysics, and rigorous experimental verification.

The primary goal of our research is to revolutionize the quantum computing landscape by addressing key challenges, including the enhancement of coupling between qubits, error correction, and scalability.

We intend to leverage the unique properties of space-time-modulated superconductors to overcome these hurdles. Through a comprehensive analytical study, we aim to establish the fundamental principles governing space-time-varying superconducting metasurfaces in the specific context of quantum computing.

Numerical simulations play a crucial role in our methodology. Using advanced tools such as Matlab (FDTD code) and Comsol Multiphysics, we model the behavior of space-time-varying superconducting surfaces. These simulations will provide invaluable insights into the performance of these metasurfaces, guiding our experimental design and validating theoretical predictions.

Collaboration with material scientists is a key aspect of our approach. By working closely with experts in materials science, we aim to design and optimize superconducting materials tailored for space-time modulation. This collaborative effort ensures that the metasurfaces we develop are not only theoretically sound but also practically achievable, pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible in the realm of quantum computing.

In summary, this project represents a significant step forward in the development of quantum computers. Through a holistic exploration of space-time-varying superconducting metasurfaces, we aim to contribute to the creation of more robust, scalable, and efficient quantum processors, ultimately advancing the capabilities of quantum computing for future technological applications.