Long-range coupling and scalable architecture for superconducting flux qubits

Austin G. Fowler, William F. Thompson, Zhizhong Yan, Ashley M. Stephens, B. L.T. Plourde, Frank K. Wilhelm

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Constructing a fault-tolerant quantum computer is a daunting task. Given any design, it is possible to determine the maximum error rate of each type of component that can be tolerated while still permitting arbitrarily large-scale quantum computation. It is an under-appreciated fact that including an appropriately designed mechanism enabling long-range qubit coupling or transport substantially increases the maximum tolerable error rates of all components. With this thought in mind, we take the superconducting flux qubit coupling mechanism described in Plourde et al. (Phys. Rev. B, 70, 140501(R) (2004)) and extend it to allow approximately 500 MHz coupling of square flux qubits, 50 μm a side, at a distance of up to several mm. This mechanism is then used as the basis of two scalable architectures for flux qubits taking into account crosstalk and fault-tolerant considerations such as permitting a universal set of logical gates, parallelism, measurement and initialization, and data mobility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-540
Number of pages8
JournalCanadian Journal of Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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