Demonstration of fidelity improvement using dynamical decoupling with superconducting qubits

Presenting Author: Bibek Pokharel, University of Southern California
Contributing Author(s): Namit Anand, Benjamin Fortman, Daniel Lidar

Quantum computers must be able to function in the presence of decoherence. The simplest strategy for decoherence reduction is dynamical decoupling (DD), which requires no encoding overhead and works by converting quantum gates into decoupling pulses. Here, using the IBM and Rigetti platforms, we demonstrate that the DD method is suitable for implementation in today’s relatively noisy and small-scale cloud-based quantum computers. Using DD, we achieve substantial fidelity gains relative to unprotected, free evolution of individual superconducting transmon qubits. To a lesser degree, DD is also capable of protecting entangled two-qubit states. We show that dephasing and spontaneous emission errors are dominant in these systems, and that different DD sequences are capable of mitigating both effects. Unlike previous work demonstrating the use of quantum error correcting codes on the same platforms, we make no use of postselection and hence report unconditional fidelity improvements against natural decoherence.

Read this article online: https://journals.aps.org/prl/accepted/7f07fY6dI3e1ba5ca5a53943416754a7570626408

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