Parity measurement is a central tool for many quantum information processing tasks. In this work, we propose a method to directly measure two- and four-qubit parity with low overhead in hardware and software while remaining robust to experimental imperfections. Our scheme relies on dispersive qubit-cavity coupling and photon counting that is sensitive only to intensity; both ingredients are widely realized in many different quantum computing modalities. For a leading technology in quantum computing, superconducting integrated circuits, we analyze the measurement contrast and the back action of the scheme and show that this measurement comes close enough to an ideal parity measurement to be applicable to quantum error correction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics