QNM-Institute fellow Akimasa Miyake's quantum computing research helps to win $17 million NSF STAQ project renewal award

January 24, 2024 - David Tenen and Akimasa Miyake

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed the Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ) project for another five years. During that time $17 million will be given to the STAQ project to continue in its mission to develop a prototype quantum computer that will be useful for practical computational applications. As a faculty member of the Center for Quantum Information and Controls (CQuIC) and a fellow of the newly established Quantum New Mexico Institute (QNM-I), Akimasa Miyake's expertise will be critical to the continued success of the STAQ project. 

Led by Duke University with 17 investigators from 8 institutions, the STAQ project fuses together knowledge from quantum information scientists, physicists, computer scientists and engineers. Their use of ion trap technology allows for greater accuracy and increased computational power for certain algorithms and applications. Ion trap technology provides an extremely high level of performance as well as software controllability. By stripping away electrons from atoms, this technique will give the atoms a positive charge. The positive charge allows researchers to trap and control the atoms in a cold vacuum with electromagnetic fields. The challenge is scaling the system into a large device with more atoms, while being able to detect and correct any computing errors that may occur. 

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The UNM STAQ team led by Prof. Miyake 

As a leader in quantum science and information, CQuIC is working with external partners to help bring quantum information science and technology to reality. By partnering with Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, and other institutions, we are leading the way to a new era of computational power. At CQuIC we are helping to open the future of quantum computing. This fast-paced field of science is constantly bringing new advances to the world. Creating a quantum computer is just one of the many exciting projects that CQuIC is working on.  


NSF renewal award for the Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ)

2018 UNM Newsroom article about STAQ award

2018 NSF award for the Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ)