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Comparing technical limitations of major quantum computing approaches

As far as I know, major quantum computing approaches include superconducting qubits, trapped ions, nuclear magnetic resonance qubits, and free space quantum optics. I guess two main technical ...
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Is there an intuitive way to conceptualize the ground and excited states of a transmon qubit?

I understand how a transmon qubit is analogous to an LC circuit, but has an anharmonic energy spectrum due to the nonlinearity of the Josephson junction. I also understand how to write out the ...
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How does the pulse.Shiftphase instruction in Qiskit Pulse work? [closed]

I have some questions regarding the mechanism of Qiskit pulse.ShiftPhase instruction: Does it work like a Phase Shift $P(\theta)=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 \\0 &...
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How do the extra energy levels of a transmon qubit affect computation/fidelity?

I was reading about transmon qubits, and I know that they are not true two-level systems. Are there any math/papers which talk about how those extra energy levels affect the computation? I'm assuming ...
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What is the IQ plane?

I struggle to find any information on Nielsen and Chuang or similar texts on the exact definition of the so-called IQ plane (I think this is a notion closely related to solid state quantum computers ...
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Clean way of approximating an oscillator by a qubit

Let me consider a (quantum) Harmonic oscillator of (bare) Hamiltonian: $$H_0=\frac{p^2}{2m}+\frac{1}{2} m \omega^2 x^2$$ (I can add to it an anharmonicity $V=\alpha x^4$ if necessary for the purpose ...
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Optical quantum computers VS Superconducting quantum computers VS Electron-spin quantum computers

One of the main problems of superconducting quantum computers is that it is necessary to maintain a very low temperature (near absolute zero). Such cooling is very expensive and complex. Why, then, ...
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Molecular Docking using Quantum Computing

I would like to ask if somebody could suggest me a pair of ligand-Protein which had been validated and the corresponding resulting drug is already being used commercially. I am interested in ...
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Does anyone know of any good books to learn about the electronics/electrical engineering side of quantum computing?

I am a Physics student that just entered the field of quantum computing. I am obviously lacking in the electronic engineering side of things and would love to learn more! Any advice for good books?
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Solution for the “Input and Output theory” for circuit/cavity-QED Quantum Architecture [closed]

This question consists of the basic calculations which are often referred to as "trivial" in most references in circuit-QED. However, are not so trivial for anyone who starts fresh into the ...
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Is every computer in IBM's fleet based on superconductivity?

I'm currently writing my thesis and I'd like to know which computer is based on a superconductive architecture to run some simulations. Thanks for help in advance.
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How are the IBM's and Google's Hadamard gates fabricated and operated?

There are thousands of articles, books and web sites describing the Hadamard Gate from a theoretical point of view. But I haven't been able to find any photo about any real implementeation of a ...
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Which type of quantum computer is explained by spin-boson Hamiltonian?

In a review paper of decoherence-free subspace(DFS) [1], they consider the spin-boson Hamiltonian and they write the system of qubits could be the spins of N electrons trapped in the periodic ...
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Why attenuator and not filters for QC driving line

In all the cold quantum computer designs (superconducting qubits, spin qubits) attenuators are put on the driving lines. Their role is to kill the noise spectral density that comes from higher ...
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STO-3G Basis Set

Can someone please explain why STO-3G is considered to be a good basis set for quantum computing, while it does not help in classical computing? I would also be very grateful for any references to ...
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Many-photon limit of dispersive shift Hamiltionian

In the context of superconducting quantum computing measuments, consider the dispersive shift Hamiltonian: $$ H/\hbar = \omega_R a^\dagger a + \frac{1}{2} (\omega_Q + \frac{2g^2}{\Delta} a^\dagger a)\...
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Long range two qubit gates in superconducting qubits

In superconducting qubits, all the method that I have seen until now are based on short range interaction. For example you have two qubits to process information around a middle qubit that is ...
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Why are two qubits gates more noisy?

I would like to understand why two qubit gates are generally more noisy. If I am interested in single qubit gates, I can have an effective modelling as a master equation: $$\dot{\rho}=\frac{1}{i \...
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How does Surface-17 tell apart Z errors on Db and Dc?

I'm looking into this paper from DiCarlo's group Scalable quantum circuit and control for a superconducting surface code. I don't understand how it's supposed to identify specific single-qubit errors, ...
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What can be done so far with cloud quantum computing?

As a developer myself, I still do not understand what can be done so far with services like AWS BRAKET or IBM CLOUD QUANTUM COMPUTING. Can someone explain me the practical purpose of it in the present?...
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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 there any tool for generating Hamiltonian for circuit-QED?

There are tools like QuTip helping you simulate a given Hamiltonian. However, I am wondering if is there any tool/library or something that takes e.g. a graph (G, V, E) of qubits and resonators, and ...
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Understanding Google's “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” (Part 3): sampling

In Google's 54 qubit Sycamore processor, they created a 53 qubit quantum circuit using a random selection of gates from the set $\{\sqrt{X}, \sqrt{Y}, \sqrt{W}\}$ in the following pattern: ...
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Understanding Google's “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” (Part 2): simplifiable and intractable tilings

In Google's 54 qubit Sycamore processor, they created a 53 qubit quantum circuit using a random selection of gates from the set $\{\sqrt{X}, \sqrt{Y}, \sqrt{W}\}$ in the following pattern: ...
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Understanding Google's “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” (Part 1): choice of gate set

I was recently going through the paper titled "Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor" by NASA Ames Research Centre and the Google Quantum AI team (note that the paper was ...
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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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How do I interpret the readout error for a quantum computer?

For example, the ibmqx2 computer has the most recent readout error of $4.40 \cdot 10^{-2}$. Does this mean per 1000 measurements, 44 faulty results exist?
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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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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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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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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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What are the main obstacles to overcome to build silicon-photonic quantum computers?

In superconducting quantum computers, we use mostly superconducting qubits or trapped ions. However, those systems are quite large because their environment either requires near absolute zero ...
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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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Is the theory of decoherence general or specific to the physical implementation?

I’m looking for the theoretical calculations of charge and transmon qubit decoherence specifically, but at a high level I'm wondering how decoherence is approached generally. I’ve seen explanations ...
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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 do frequency-tunable microwave resonators work?

In superconducting quantum computing resonators are typically an LC circuit. If L and C are fixed the resonator will have a fixed resonance frequency. However, I heard that in the group of Prof. John ...
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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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What limits scaling down the size of superconducting qubits?

There are multiple ways of building a qubit: Superconducting (transmons), NV-centers/spin-qubits, topological qubits, etc. The superconducting qubits are the most well-known qubits and are also the ...
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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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Superconducting qubit researchers: Do your TLS's move?

I have a superconducting system with tens of qubits, each of which can be tuned using DC flux. One of the main tasks for coherent manipulation of the qubits is to find good idling frequencies and ...
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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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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 methods exist for cooling superconducting quantum computers? [duplicate]

Existing superconducting quantum computers need to be cooled near absolute zero. For example, some of D-Wave's machines are cooled to about $20 \ \mathrm {mK}$. Their design uses a dilution ...
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Rotating about the y- or z-axis of the Bloch sphere

In order to rotate about an axis of the Bloch sphere we ususally use pulses e.g. in trapped ion quantum computing or superconducting qubits. Let's say we have rotation around the x-axis. What do I ...
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Conditional Phase Gate Superconducting Qubits

In the paper "Demonstration of two-qubit algorithms with a superconducting quantum processor" (L. DiCarlo et al., Nature 460, 240 (2009), arXiv) they demonstrate how to realize conditional phase gates ...
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What are the fundamental differences between trapped ion quantum computers and other architectures?

There are many different ways to build quantum computers, such as superconducting qubits, quantum dots, and ion traps. What I would like to understand is why some universities and research ...
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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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Do the latest D-Wave computers use Helium compounds for cooling?

Do the latest D-Wave machines use compounds of $\require{\mhchem}\ce{^{3}He}$ and $\ce{^{4}He}$ for cooling? If not, how does D-Wave approach cooling its plates low enough to achieve superconductivity?...
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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 ...