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For questions related to physical realizations of quantum bits i.e. quantum systems living in a 2-dimensional Hilbert space.

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Why are superconducting qubits the most popular approach to build a quantum computer?

There are many different physical implementations of qubits: NMR, spin qubit, N color center in diamond, superconducting qubit, trapped ions, photonics quantum computing, topological qubit, etc. ...
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Is quantum superposition state a truth or an assumption?

Please, be patient with my question I already read that there is a heuristic that makes superposition a fact of reality. In addition, this superposition, when observed, it has a state of 0 or 1. ...
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What does it mean for two qubits to be entangled?

I have done some sort of online research on qubits and the factors making them infamous i.e allowing qubits to hold 1 and 0 at the same time and another is that qubits can be entangled somehow so that ...
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What is the problem in demonstrating quantum supremacy?

I am new to the quantum world and it's computing. But it accidentally hit in my mind that DWave built a quantum computer with 2000 qubits which can be use to simulate the whole observable universe or ...
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Atom magnetic moment caused by orbiting electron

In Nielsen and Chuang Quantum Computation and Quantum Information book section 1.5.1 describing the Stern-Garlach experiment, it says: "Hydrogen atoms contain a proton and an orbiting electron. You ...
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What is the difference between superposition of $|0\rangle$ and superposition of $|1\rangle$ at physical level?

If we apply Hadamard gate 2 times on a qubit $|0\rangle$ then we will get $|0\rangle$. So there must be something else which is unique for both $|1\rangle$ and $|0\rangle$ which is constant even in ...
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What are the physical reasons behind noise/errors in quantum computers?

We know that the current quantum computers are noisy/error-prone. They are susceptible to gate errors (single qubit and multi-qubit), decoherence (relaxation and dephasing), readout error, etc. I want ...
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Why do the IBM and Google processors both have 53 qubits?

As I understand from this IBM post both the IBM and Google teams have independently built 53-qubit processors. What is the significance of the number 53? It is purely coincidental, or is there a ...
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Converting a qubit's state to a binary value in Q#

In Q#, How do I store a qubits state in a binary-based disk / hard drive for use by regular digital programs? Is this even possible?
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How do physical implementations of Z gate selectively affect $\lvert1\rangle $ basis vector?

The Pauli Z gate inverts the phase of $\lvert1\rangle $ while leaving $\lvert0\rangle$ unaffected. When I think about how $\lvert1\rangle $ and $\lvert0\rangle$ are physically realized, however, as ...
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What design considerations set the frequency bounds for superconducting qubits?

Superconducting qubits generally have frequencies within the range of 4 - 8 GHz. What design considerations give the upper and lower bounds for what is a feasible design. I.e, why can't they be higher ...
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What's the difference between observing in a given direction and operating in that same direction?

So starting with an up particle: $$ \lvert \uparrow \rangle = \begin{bmatrix} 1 \\ 0 \\ \end{bmatrix} $$ My understanding is that you can measure $\lvert \uparrow \rangle$ in $X$ and have ...
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Why don't qubits continuously rotate in the $z$ direction due to free time evolution?

If we have a physical qubit with energy eigenstates $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ with energy separation $\Delta E$ its Hamiltonian in the absence of any interaction is $$H=\hbar\frac{\Delta E}{2}\...
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What is the difference between a cooper pair box and a transmon qubit?

These two kinds of qubits are both classified under "charge qubits", looking for them, I always find the same circuit representation. Occasionally, I find one where there's a SQUID instead of the ...
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Excitation of a superconducting circuit

What do we mean by exciting a superconducting circuit--which represent a qubit, how they are get excited inside? how the two states of the qubit are represented in this circuit?
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Measuring a quantum wire at t > 0

I saw on the site Brilliant.org a question witch is: "Let's say I'm given a quantum wire, I measure it and find it charged "on". If I come back some time later, what state should I measure?" And the ...
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What is the difference between transmon and Xmon qubits?

Transmon and Xmon qubits are two types of superconducting charge qubits that seem to be often used in superconducting quantum devices. However, I wasn't able to easily find direct comparisons between ...
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Charge Qubit vs Transmon

I want to know the big difference, in terms of fabrication (circuit) between a charge Qubit and a Transmon, how is a Transmon less affected by noise ? Many thanks
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I thought we had already passed this error and qubit threshold?

As outlined in Quantum Computing Progress and Prospects published this year, on page 169-171 there is the diagram showing that we are at the 10's of qubits mark. Looking into the diagram further there ...
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Physical realization of qubits with superconducting Josephson junctions

Does anybody know how to explain briefly how to realize qubits (initialization, states transition, measurements,..) with superconducting Josephson junctions, say DC-SQUIDS?
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States of a qubit in a DC-SQUID

Does anybody of you know what are the two states $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ of a qubit in a DC-SQUID (2 Josephson junctions in a loop)?
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How much power do quantum computers use based on the number of qubits being allocated?

How much power do quantum computers use based on the number of qubits being allocated? If it's not based on qubits, What determines how much power quantum computers use? Note: A similar question was ...
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Can entangled qubits be disentangled without using code or software?

Is there a way to revert two entangled qubits to a separate state without using code...like restarting a quantum computer? Note: By "restarting a quantum computer", I do not mean restarting a virtual ...
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What “states” can a qubit have if it doesn't have values?

I was told that qubits don't have a value, they have a "state". What does that mean? What are the different "states" that a qubit can have (like bits can be either 1 or 0)?
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How to interpret $-\rvert1\rangle \otimes \rvert1\rangle = -\rvert11\rangle$?

I'm having trouble accepting, intuitively, that $-\rvert1\rangle \otimes \rvert1\rangle = -\rvert11\rangle = \rvert1\rangle \otimes -\rvert1\rangle$. It's my understanding that $ -\rvert1\rangle$ ...
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Physical qubit of optical quantum computer

I was researching how optical quantum computers work and discovered a KLM protocol that allows for building quantum gates using linear optics elements like mirrors, beam splitters, and phase shifters. ...
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How is a physical qubit measured and how is the result interpreted?

To my understanding, most of the qubits we use today are just Josephson junctions coupled to a resonator that is triggering the qubits to go to different states by using microwave pulses. The same ...
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What cryogenic systems are suitable for superconducting qubits?

Is a dilution refrigerator the only way to cool superconducting qubits down to 10 millikelvin? If not, what other methods are there, and why is dilution refrigeration the primary method?
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What is the charging energy in relation to a superconducting transmon?

The transmon achieves its reduced sensitivity to charge noise by significantly increasing the ratio of the Josephson energy to the charging energy. What is this charging energy?
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How many physical qubits are used when I run a program on a IBM Q computer?

How do I find out how many physical-qubits I'm using when I run my program in an IBM Q backend quantum computing system?
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What noise channel that is not coming from the control can lead to XY qubit rotations?

In a semiclassical treatment, the noise Hamiltonian of a quantum system can be treated as a summation over its noise channels in the following way: $$\hat{H}_{\text{noise}}=\sum_{k}\beta_{k}\left(t\...
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What does an observable in a different basis mean physically?

So when you have an observable which is the measurement operator acting on the state you get a different result than in a different basis. What does it mean in physical terms? Does that mean writing ...
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Can one make NV centred type qubits from analogus materials in the periodic table?

Can one replace Nitrogen with Phosphorus and Carbon with Silicon and so on? What would be the conditions that would preclude such a realisation? Are there any implemenations so far?
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Interaction of an RF pulse with transmon qubit

When an RF pulse is interacting on resonance with a transmon qubit, it leads to rotation of the qubit around an axis in the XY plane (in a reference frame rotating in the transition frequency of the ...
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Rabi oscillations with different energy differences

Please check this Rabi oscillations image1: Now, let's say I want to create a superposition of E1 and E2, so I started an EM field tuned to a frequency related to E2-E1. But, let's say there is ...
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Hamiltonian of the valence electron of Yb+ ion

Let's say I have chosen the valence electron of Yb+ as my qubit. I want to consider it's hyperfine structure as the two-level energy states. Are my following assumptions correct? If the magnetic ...
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Processing density capabilities in a quantum processor

Given the theoretical infinite quantum states that a qbit can be expressed as is there any practical limit to the processing density in any given quantum processor as compared to the absolute limits ...
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What is the relation between single photon qubits and squeezed light qubits?

In my constant thrill to know more about Quantum Computing I wanna know what is this relation. Additionally: Can one use squeezed light to effect multi-qubit operations on single photon qubits, or are ...
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What does it mean for a quantum computer to have $X$ qubits?

I want to preface with a disclaimer that I am a physicist with minimal knowledge of computer hardware. I have a solid understanding of quantum information from a theoretical standpoint but zero ...
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What is the significance of recent demonstration of a passive photon–atom qubit swap operation?

In reference to this recent nature article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-018-0241-6 Specifically, does this warrant a new type of gate?
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Is there any single-logical-qubit physical device out there as of end 2018?

By my first impression, there are many-qubits computers out there and more to come, as to follow the press. Now a closer look reveals that it's all about designing and building physical qubits. ...
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How do we physically initialize qubits in a Quantum register?

In quantum algorithms we need to initialize the qubits at the start of our algorithm in some quantum register. Suppose that if we are working with a four qubit quantum register we can initialize the ...
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What is continuous quantum register and how it relates to qubits?

I would like to understand what is a continuous quantum register. I know the direct definition is a quantum register that stores a real number defined by an observable with a spectrum consisting of $\...
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The process for transferring qubits between locations

I understand that right now qubits are physical entities in a Quantum Computer and I am playing around on the IBM Quantum Computer as well as the Q# language and dipping my toes into the Quantum world ...
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What are the pros/cons of Trapped Ion Qubits, Superconducting Qubits and Si Spin Qubits?

Among available qubit technologies for universal quantum computing these 3 come up as promising. NV centers and Majorana qubits also underway but relatively new. I find superconducting qubits and ...
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What's the difference between a set of qubits and a capacitor with a subdivided plate?

This is probably just a misunderstanding on my part, but everything I've seen on what quantum computers do thus far seems to suggest that the actual process of reading the entangled qubits would be ...
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What is the longest time a qubit has survived with 0.9999 fidelity?

I am pretty intrigued by the record time that a qubit has survived.
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Transmons and cooper pair box qubits: two islands or a single island and a reservoir

In scientific literature, one typically describes Cooper pair boxes as a small superconducting island coupled to a superconducting reservoir (say, a large ground plane of superconducting metal, or a ...
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Are qubits the only elements required to build a quantum computer?

The power of a quantum computer is often described in terms of how many qubits it has. Does that mean that quantum computers can be run using only qubits, and nothing more? Wouldn't we require some ...
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What is a qubit?

What is a "qubit"? Google tells me that it's another term for a "quantum bit". What is a "quantum bit" physically? How is it "quantum"? What purpose does it serve in quantum computing? Note: I'd ...