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Quantum Algorithms on a Programmable Ion Trap Quantum Computer

October 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Norbert Linke
Trapped ions are a highly advanced platform for implementing quantum circuits. They provide standard pairs of magnetic field insensitive "atomic clock" states as qubits with unsurpassed coherence times and optical schemes for near-unity preparation and measurement, as well as strong Coulomb interactions to generate entanglement. 
We present a modular architecture comprised of a chain of trapped 171Yb+ ions with individual Raman beam addressing and individual readout. We employ a pulse-shaping scheme [1] to use the transverse modes of motion in the chain to produce entangling gates between any qubit pair. This creates a fully connected system which can be configured to run any sequence of single- and two-qubit gates, making it in effect an arbitrarily programmable quantum computer [2]. 
To demonstrate the universality of this setup, we present experimental results from different quantum algorithms on five ions including the Bernstein-Vazirani and hidden Shift algorithms which allow the single-shot determination of an oracle function, as well as the Quantum Fourier Transform which we use to implement a Period Finding as well as a Phase Estimation protocol, the latter being a key ingredient in prime factorization. We also discuss this architecture in relation to the recently publicized IBM cloud device [3].
[1] T. Choi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 19502 (2014)
[2] S. Debnath et al., Nature 536, 63 (2016)
This work is supported by the ARO with funding from the IARPA LogiQ program and the AFOSR MURI on Quantum Measurement and Verification.
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