Maxwell’s Demon and Quantum Computers

Maxwell's Demon and Quantum Computers


Title: Maxwell’s Demon and Quantum Computers.
When: 20 June, 2017, 12h30
Where: Sala de Conferencias, Módulo 00, Faculty of Science.
Speaker: Michel Devoret, Director of the Applied Physics Nanofabrication Lab, Yale University, USA.


Can we prolong the coherence of a two-state manifold in a complex quantum system beyond the coherence of its longest-lived component? This question is the starting point in the construction of a scalable quantum computer. It translates in the search for processes that operate as some sort of Maxwell’s demon, reliably correcting the errors resulting from the coupling between qubits and their environment. The presentation will review recent experiments that tested the dynamical protection, by Josephson circuits, of a logical qubit memory based on superpositions of particular coherent states of a superconducting resonator.

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