Perimeter Institute Quantum Discussions

This series consists of weekly discussion sessions on foundations of quantum Theory and quantum information theory. The sessions start with an informal exposition of an interesting topic, research result or important question in the field. Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate with questions and comments.

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Feb 28 2018 - 4:00pm
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Mar 7 2018 - 4:00pm
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Wednesday Feb 07, 2018
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Stabilizer states are a rich class of quantum states which can be efficiently classically represented and manipulated. In this talk I will describe some ways in which they can help us to represent and manipulate more general quantum states. I will discuss classical simulation algorithms for quantum circuits which are based on expressing a quantum state as a superposition of (as few as possible) stabilizer states.

Based on arXiv:1601.07601 (with Sergey Bravyi) and work in progress with Sergey Bravyi, Dan Browne, Padraic Calpin, Earl Campbell and Mark Howard.

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Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
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Adiabatic quantum computation (AQC) is a method for performing universal quantum computation in the ground state of a slowly evolving local Hamiltonian, and in an ide

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Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
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The entanglement properties of random quantum states or dynamics are important to the study of a broad spectrum of disciplines of physics, ranging from quantum information to high energy

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Wednesday Jan 10, 2018
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(1) Entanglement-enhanced quantum sensing: parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.
(2) Security from entanglement: quantum key distribution.
(3) Entanglement enhanced communication: channel capacity and additivity issues.
(4) Some open problems.

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Wednesday Dec 20, 2017
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We discuss some applications of a result on the convex combination of the quantum states (that we refer to as convex-split technique) and its variants. In the framework of Quantum Resource theory, we provide an operational way of characterizing the amount of resource in a given quantum state, for a large class of resource theories.

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Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
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From a quantum information perspective, we will study universal features of chaotic quantum systems.

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Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
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Quantum error correction -- originally invented for quantum computing -- has proven itself useful in a variety of non-computational physical systems, as the ideas of QEC are broadly applicable.

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Tuesday Oct 24, 2017
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Generally speaking, physicists still experience that computing with paper and pencil is in most cases simpler than computing with a Computer Algebra System.

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Wednesday Oct 18, 2017
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The surface code is currently the leading proposal to achieve fault-tolerant quantum computation. Among its strengths are the plethora of known ways in which fault-tolerant Clifford operations can be performed, namely, by deforming the topology of the surface, by the fusion and splitting of codes, and even by braiding engineered Majorana modes using twist defects. Here, we present a unified framework to describe these methods, which can be used to better compare different schemes and to facilitate the design of hybrid schemes.

 

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017
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We present an in-depth study of the domain walls available in the color code. We begin by presenting new boundaries which gives rise to a new family of color codes. Interestingly, the smallest example of such a code consists of just 4 qubits and weight three parity check measurements, making it an accessible playground for today's experimentalists interested in small scale experiments on topological codes. Secondly, we catalogue the twist defects that are accessible with the color code model.

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