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How do I add 1+1 using a quantum computer?

This can be seen as the software complement to How does a quantum computer do basic math at the hardware level? The question was asked by a member of the audience at the 4th network of the Spanish ...
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In D-Wave's universal quantum computer, why does the YY term have to be driven along with the linear X term?

D-Wave has a new prototype annealer that uses a Hamiltonian which, if there was enough qubits and sufficient control, would be able to simulate any universal circuit-based quantum computer with at ...
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How does a quantum computer do basic math at the hardware level?

On reading this Reddit thread I realized that even after a couple months of learning about quantum computing I've absolutely no clue about how a quantum computer actually works. To make the question ...
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Why do optical quantum computers not have to be kept near absolute zero while superconducting quantum computers do?

This is a follow-up question to @heather's answer to the question : Why must quantum computers be kept near absolute zero? What I know: Superconducting quantum computing: It is an implementation of ...
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Is Google's 72 qubit device better than D-Wave's machines, which feature more than 2000 qubits? [duplicate]

Google recently announced the Bristlecone 72 qubit quantum computer. However, D-Wave already announced quantum computers featuring more than $2000$ qubits. Why is Google's new device newsworthy then? ...
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How to explain in layman’s terms the significance of the difference of qubits of the D-Wave and IBM QX?

So, @AndrewO mentioned recently that he has had 'encounters' with people wondering why D-Wave has a lot more qubits than IBM. Of course, this comparison is faulty, since the IBM and D-Wave's machine ...
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Are we certain that quantum computers are more efficient than classical computers can be built?

I mean are we certain that they will be able to provide us a huge improvements (in some tasks) compared to clasical computers?
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How are quantum gates implemented in reality?

Quantum gates seem to be like black boxes. Although we know what kind of operation they will perform, we don't know if it's actually possible to implement in reality (or, do we?). In classical ...
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What is the argument that practical quantum computers cannot be built?

An answer to another question mentions that There are arguments that suggests that such machines ["quantum Turing machines"] cannot even be built... I'm not sure I fully understand the problem,...
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Why must quantum computers be kept near absolute zero?

Online descriptions of quantum computers often discuss how they must be kept near absolute zero $\left(0~\mathrm{K}~\text{or}~-273.15~{\left. {}^{\circ}\mathrm{C} \right.}\right)$. Questions: Why ...
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Is the “Quantum Volume” a fair metric for future, elaborate, high value quantum computations?

A metric called the "quantum volume" has been proposed to somehow compare the utility of different quantum computing hardware. Roughly speaking, it measures their worth by the square of the maximum ...
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Physical implementation of gates on IBM Q

There is a lot of quantum gates in IBM Q Composer, however, only few are implemented physically while others can be composed of them. When one looks at description of a quantum processor in IBM Q ...
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Is there any company that backs and implements diamond vacancy quantum computers?

It is known that there are big companies behind the specific qubit implementations (e.g. ion traps, superconducting loops, topological qubits, etc.). But I have not managed to find the company that is ...
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Do we really know how a universal quantum computer can be used to revolutionize the design of new drugs or materials?

One of the most promising applications of a quantum computing is the design of new drugs and materials: Quantum computers promise to run calculations far beyond the reach of any conventional ...
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What is the state of the art on Quantum Random Access Memories? [duplicate]

I realized that Quantum Random Access Memory (qRAM) was proposed to make quantum computers more similar to classical one. Currently quantum computers have very constrained memory, given only quantum ...
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Which subatomic particle does each company use in quantum computing?

Probably each company (Google, Amazon, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, D-Wave and so on) uses a mix of subatomic particles and technologies. I would like to know which particles/technologies are used by each ...
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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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How to build a quantum computer in your house?

As still quarantine is going on for some of us. I was wondering how to make a Quantum Computer in your garage. What may be the total cost for building one? Was inspired by this youtube video.
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Do all physical architectures for quantum computers use the same universal gate sets?

Now I have understood that physical implementation of quantum computer need a universal quantum gate set like Clifford+T to realize any unitary quantum gate. However, I don't know if it is all the ...
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How power-efficient are quantum computers?

Quantum algorithms scale faster than classical ones (at least for certain problem clases), meaning quantum computers would require a much smaller number of logical operations for inputs above a given ...
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What is D-Wave's “Pegasus” architecture?

How is D-Wave's Pegasus architecture different from the Chimera architecture?
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How are quantum gates realised, in terms of the dynamic?

When expressing computations in terms of a quantum circuit, one makes use of gates, that is, (typically) unitary evolutions. In some sense, these are rather mysterious objects, in that they perform "...
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Does the D-Wave 2000Q satisfy DiVincenzo's criteria?

DiVincenzo's criteria for quantum computation are the following: A scalable physical system with well characterized qubits. The ability to initialize the state of the qubits to a simple fiducial ...
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How does the CNOT gate operate when the control qubit is a superposition?

If a control qubit is in superposition, how it will affect target qubit if it is collapsed or in superposition? Is it true that CNOT works only if the control bit collapsed to 1? Also, is it possible ...
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Building a DIY quantum computer - how to reduce a noise?

I refer to A DIY Guide to Building a Quantum Computer and Researchers advance noise cancelling for quantum computers. With my friends, I would like to build our simplified quantum computer. We are ...
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Allowed CNOT gates for IBM Q 5 quantum computer

I trying to do some tests in the IBM Q5 computer of IBM quantm experience for some simple error correction protocols, but as I can see, some operations between the qubits are not allowed. For example,...
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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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Where are the physical gates in the Google processor?

Google's article Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor states that the processor "53 qubits, 1,113 single-qubit gates, 430 two-qubit gates, and a measurement on each qubit, ...
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Is it possible to build a quantum processor with connections among all qubits?

Current quantum processors have constrained connectivity among qubits. For example Starmon-5 processor by Quantum Inspire has only one qubit connected to others, effectively it looks like a star. The ...
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Scale for Quantum Computing [closed]

Does something like Mohs' scale exist for quantum computing? (eg. classical = 0, hybrid = 5, pure quantum = 10) Mohs' scale: a scale of hardness used in classifying minerals. It runs from 1 to 10 ...