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Programmable Quantum Simulation of Molecular Vibrational Spectra using Boson Sampling in Circuit QED

October 5, 2020 - 11:00am
Steve Girvin

‘Circuit QED’ is the quantum theory of superconducting qubits strongly interacting with microwave photons in electrical circuits. It is the leading solid-state architecture in the race to develop large-scale fault-tolerant quantum computers, and is the only technology that has demonstrated quantum error correction that actually extends the lifetime of quantum information.  

In this talk, I will present an elementary introduction to the basic concepts underlying superconducting quantum processors. Their ability to control and make quantum non-demolition (QND) measurements of individual microwave photons is a powerful resource for quantum computation, communication and simulation.   I will illustrate these capabilities with recent experiments on a programmable quantum simulator that uses efficient boson sampling of microwave photons to predict the Franck-Condon vibrational spectra of various small tri-atomic molecules.  Finally, I will briefly explore possible future directions for simulation of quantum many-body problems involving interacting bosons.

The talk will be based on this journal article: ‘Efficient Multiphoton Sampling of Molecular Vibronic Spectra on a Superconducting Bosonic Processor,’ Christopher S. Wang et al., Phys. Rev. X10, 021060 (2020).

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