Pedro Sales Rodriguez

Pedro  Sales Rodriguez
MIT EECS | Lincoln Laboratory Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Dirk R. Englund
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Quantum
Years: 2021-2022
Research Project Title:

Optimal Quantum Control for Cavities with Embedded Molecules

abstract:While trapped ion and superconducting quantum computers are very promising, one main hurdle is moving quantum states over long distances. Photonic-based quantum computing, on the other hand, promises excellent transport capabilities, but making useful gates that perform computation has proven difficult. The goal of this project is to build better devices capable of interacting photons with embedded molecules on optical cavities, thus expanding the capabilities of optical quantum computing. In the first part of the project, we will develop theoretical models and simulations to optimize the control of these systems. After modeling, we aim to perform tests on physical devices, which will give an understanding of characteristics that need to be improved for a practical implementation.

Through this SuperUROP, I aim to apply concepts I learned in my electrical engineering and physics classes. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to combine skills from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Physics into a longer term research project. This year-long project may result in a publication, which would be a great stepping stone for a future research career.