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W9: Devices, Sensors, and Circuits for Quantum Computers


09:30 - 13:00

room 4-5


Elena Blokhina


Quantum computing hardware design, including cryogenic circuits  and qubits, is an emerging field. Quantum computers including tens and hundreds of qubits are readily available. Scaling up the number of qubits and improving their control are among the key topics giving rise to the field of cryoelectronics and quantum computing systems design. Regardless of the core qubit technology, driving, controlling, and measuring qubit states is carried out by classical electronics, with some stages of this circuitry operating at cryogenic temperatures. Understanding the system requirements will accelerate the progress in future quantum computing architectures. Many of these challenges are within the core expertise of ESSERC attendees. We propose to first cover the experimental characterisation and modelling of qubits and charge sensing devices. This is then followed by further talks moving towards the system level view of qubit control at cryogenic temperatures.


Semiconductor quantum devices - electrostatically defined quantum dots, qubits and sensors

Elena Blokhina

Charge Sensors and Spin to Charge Conversion for Silicon Spin Quantum Computers

Conor Power

Characterisation for quantum devices for silicon spin quantum computers

Ioanna Kriekouki

Bringing Quantum Control Electronics Closer to Qubits

Stavroula Kapoulea and Hadi Heidari

Design of Integrated Circuits for a Trapped Ion Quantum Computer

Vadim Issakov

Q&A sessions on the state of the art and current trends

Elena Blokhina


Elena Blokhina

Elena Blokhina (SMIEEE, HDR engineering, Sorbonne Universities, Ph.D. physical and mathematical sciences and M.Sc physics, Saratov State University) is with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of University College Dublin, Ireland, currently an Associate Professor, and with Equal1 Laboratories Ireland, CSO. Prof Blokhina is the past Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, a member of the TC-30 Quantum Information Systems and Applications Committee of the Microwave Theory and Technology Society. She has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems society for the term 2013-2015 and 2016-2018. She served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems I (2016-2017), IEEE Access (2017) and other journals, Deputy Editor in Chief of IEEE TCAS-I (2018-2021). She has served as a reviewer and programme committee member for many international journals and conferences on electronics, physics and quantum electronics. Her research interests include semiconductor devices, quantum computing, quantum dots, semiconductor qubits and microelectronic systems.


Conor Power

Conor Power has been a PhD student at UCD since September 2021, working on modelling and simulation of quantum computer architectures. He received his ME degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2018 and BSc degree in Engineering Science from 2016, both from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He worked full time as an analog IC design engineer at Adesto/Dialog Semiconductor from 2019-2021. He received the best Student Poster Award at ICECS 2022.


Ioanna Kriekouki

Ioanna Kriekouki received a M.Sc. degree in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in 2017 from Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) in Grenoble, France. She then pursued an industrial Ph.D. at UGA and Université de Sherbrooke in France and Canada respectively, supported by a CIFRE (Convention Industrielle de Formation par la Recherche) fellowship in collaboration with STMicroelectronics, in Crolles, France, from the field of microelectronics. Her research was focused on the design, modeling, and characterization of various silicon nanostructures and quantum devices designed and fabricated using exclusively industry-standard manufacturing techniques for quantum computing applications. She joined Equal1 Laboratories in 2023 as a Senior Quantum Engineer and has been working ever since on developing silicon-based qubit devices with the objective of scaling to larger qubit numbers.


Hadi Heidari

Hadi Heidari (PhD, SMIEEE, FHEA, FRSA, MIET, CEng) is a Professor of Nanoelectronics at the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. He is the Head of the Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering Division and holds an EPSRC Open Fellowship. His Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) conducts pioneering research on integrated micro/nanoelectronics design for medical (wearables and implantables) and industrial (quantum computing and ultrasound systems) applications. His group is part of the Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) group, Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonic (C-MIU), as well as Centre for Quantum Technology, where he leads modern cryoelectronics for quantum computing. Prof Heidari is the CTO and co-founder of Neuranics, a deep-neurotech company which is building next-generation magnetic sensors for wearable neural interfaces. Prof Heidari has authored/co-authored over 280 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals or conference proceedings and acts as a reviewer for several journals and conferences. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 IET Healthcare Technologies Early Career JA Lodge Award, 2019 IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award, the Rewards for Excellence prize from the University of Glasgow (2018), Silk Road Award from the Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC’16), Best Paper Award from the IEEE ISCAS’14 conference, Gold Leaf Award from the IEEE PRIME’14 Conference.

Stavroula Kapoulea

Stavroula Kapoulea holds the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in cryogenic nanoelectronics for quantum computing at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. Her academic background includes a BSc degree in Physics, an MSc in Electronics, and a PhD focused on the development of advanced analog integrated circuits, all obtained from the University of Patras in 2016, 2018, and 2022 respectively. Her research focuses on the development of cryogenic electronics utilizing low-power CMOS nanoscale technology to enable efficient multi-qubit control and readout. The overarching objective is to establish an energy-efficient cryogenic quantum control/readout interface for scalable quantum computing systems. She has authored/co-authored 49 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals and conference proceedings and 3 book chapters, while she serves as a reviewer for several journals and conferences. Dr. Kapoulea was awarded the 2018 Armen H. Zemanian Best Paper Award in the area of Circuits and Systems in the Circuits and Signal Processing Journal and the Best Paper Award for 2021 in the International Journal of Electronics and Communications (AEUE) Journal, Elsevier, 2021.


Vadim Issakov

Vadim Issakov received the M.Sc. from TU Munich in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Paderborn, in 2010. In 2010, he joined Infineon Technologies. Afterwards, he was with imec, Belgium, and then with Intel Corporation, before he came back to Infineon in 2015 as Principal mm-wave Design Engineer working on the predevelopment of millimeter-wave radar products. Since April 2021 he is a full Professor at the TU Braunschweig. Dr. Issakov was a recipient of several awards including 2019 IEEE MTT Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

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