Boulder Opal for quantum sensing

An introduction to the application of Boulder Opal for augmenting the performance of quantum sensors in real environments

Quantum sensing provides an opportunity to exploit the nominal fragility of quantum systems to detect magnetic, electric, gravitational fields and motion with exquisite sensitivity. Nonetheless, typical systems can suffer up to 1000X performance degradation when moved from pristine laboratory environments to field-deployed environments.


Boulder Opal provides you with tools to extract more - and more useful - information from quantum sensors operated in real environments. In these circumstances, the systems are subject to internal hardware imperfections, platform noise, and background clutter which can render the quantum sensors useless. Boulder Opal allows you to improve hardware at the software level, achieving maximum performance and enabling autonomy for any hardware device.


Augmenting sensor operation with quantum control delivers major benefits. You can increase dynamic range by rejecting platform noise and background clutter; reduce hardware SWaP by trading hardware shielding for software stabilization; and improve system stability and lifetime through augmented hardware efficiency.

In quantum sensing all three tasks of System Identification, Control Design, and Performance Verification in concert can unlock adaptive, self-certifying, and autonomous quantum sensing, whereby unanticipated changes to the signal and environment are identified and accounted for in real-time; the very heart of "software-defined" quantum hardware. Specific forms of these tasks include:

To begin taking advantage of Boulder Opal for quantum sensing, check out our "How to get started" User Guide for installation and initialization instructions and you'll be on your way!