Design of quasi-phase-matching nonlinear crystals based on quantum computing

Zihua Zheng, Sijie Yang, Derryck Telford Reid, Zhiyi Wei, Jinghua Sun

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Quasi-phase-matching (QPM) makes it possible to design domain engineered nonlinear crystals for highly efficient and multitasking nonlinear frequency conversion. However, finding the optimal crystal domain arrangement in a meaningful time is very challenging sometimes impossible by classical computing. In this paper, we proposed a quantum annealing computing method and used D-Wave superconducting quantum computer to design aperiodically poled lithium niobate (APPLN) for coupled third harmonic generation (CTHG). We converted the optical transformation efficiency function to an Ising model which can be solved by D-Wave quantum computer. The crystal design results were simulated by using nonlinear envelope equation (NEE), which showed very similar conversion efficiencies to the crystals designed by using simulated annealing (SA) method, demonstrating that quantum annealing computing is a powerful method for QPM crystal design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1038240
JournalFrontiers in Physics
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2022


  • D-wave
  • coupled third harmonic generation
  • nonlinear frequency conversion
  • quantum annealing
  • quasi-phase matching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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