Michael Biercuk, CEO and founder of Q-CTRL, talks about quantum control, applications to quantum computers and sensors, and Q-CTRL’s educational software.
Michael Biercuk is the CEO and founder of Q-CTRL, a company that builds infrastructure software to make quantum technology useful. Michael is also a professor of quantum physics and quantum technology at the University of Sydney, and his lab focuses on trapped ion quantum computing. He specializes in quantum control, a discipline that helps stabilize unstable systems, and applies it to quantum computers and quantum sensors.
Q-CTRL’s software suppresses errors and enhances performance in quantum computing hardware. It is hardware-agnostic, meaning it works on different types of quantum computers, such as trapped ion qubits, neutral atoms, and superconducting qubits. The software works by shaping the waveform of the light-matter interaction which induces the coupling between two qubits. AI agents are used to tune up the waveform and find bits of physics that humans may not have insight into.
Q-CTRL provides products for different types of users. For researchers, they provide a tool called Boulder Opal which helps design the right control solutions. For end users, they provide a tool called Fire Opal which is a seven-step flow that includes gate replacement, error correction at the circuit level, and avoiding bad qubits.
Overall, Q-CTRL’s software helps optimize the fidelity of two-qubit gates, and can extend the window of viable calibration over a period of time. It is a valuable tool for researchers and end users who want to make the most of their quantum computing hardware.