Many body localization in the transmon quantum computing platform

As part of the online Colloquium series organised by the Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing, we will have a talk by Prof. David DiVincenzo (RWTH Aachen and Forschungzentrum Julich) on Thursday, 9th September at 2:30pm.

Title: Many body localization in the transmon quantum computing platform

Abstract: From the perspective of many body physics, the transmon qubit architectures currently developed for quantum computing are systems of coupled nonlinear quantum resonators. A certain amount of intentional frequency detuning (`disorder’) is crucially required to protect individual qubit states against the destabilizing effects of nonlinear resonator coupling. Here I discuss the stability of this variant of a many-body localized (MBL) phase for system parameters relevant to current quantum processors developed by the IBM, Delft, and Google consortia, considering the cases of natural or engineered disorder. Applying three independent diagnostics of localization theory — a Kullback-Leibler analysis of spectral statistics, statistics of many-body wave functions (inverse participation ratios), and a Walsh transform of the many-body spectrum — one finds that some of these computing platforms are dangerously close to a phase of uncontrollable chaotic fluctuations.

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Start Time

2:30 pm

9th September 2021

Finish Time

4:00 pm

9th September 2021