Since the advent of quantum information science as a theoretical endeavor atomic ions have gained popularity as a natural platform for quantum state engineering. One drawback of the technology is that the process of state detection is inefficient.
The Modular Universal Scalable Ion-trap Quantum Computer (MUSIQC) Program is a soon-to-be concluded collaborative effort to develop technologies in order to scale an ion-trap quantum computer. The modular vision of a largescale quantum computer consists of elementary logic units (ELUs) linked together by optical connections. Each ELU will have some qubit resources devoted to processing tasks while other qubits are devoted to communication links.