Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SQH (Superconducting quantum heat engines and refrigerators)
Reporting period: 2019-04-01 to 2020-09-30
Quantum technology field is currently undergoing a massive revolution as quantum phenomena are gradually shifting from research environments into new technologies and eventually into commercial use. Possible future applications of these technologies include highly sensitive sensors for industry or medical imaging as well as quantum computing and simulations that open up completely new possibilities, for example, in the development of materials for the energy sector and pharmaceutical industry. SQH research will play a key role in the control of future applications for quantum phenomena. The results could also have impact in areas such as controlling the energy consumption of electronic devices."
We have developed an ultra-sensitive thermometer and superconducting quantum circuit configuration for future Otto refrigerator experiments. We have demonstrated the potential of this detector to measure single microwave photons. Work on implementing amplifiers and measurements to achieve the projected energy resolution is in progress.
where experiments are in their infancy. Beyond the direct fundamental significance of this endeavor, the outcome of the project will technologically benefit the performance of both current and novel devices that is often limited by our present understanding of the underlying quantum phenomena and the characteristics of open quantum systems.