Detecting bit-flip errors in a logical qubit using stabilizer measurements

D. Ristè, S. Poletto, M.-Z. Huang, A. Bruno, Visa Vesterinen, O-P. Saira, L. DiCarlo (Corresponding Author)

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    Quantum data are susceptible to decoherence induced by the environment and to errors in the hardware processing it. A future fault-tolerant quantum computer will use quantum error correction to actively protect against both. In the smallest error correction codes, the information in one logical qubit is encoded in a two-dimensional subspace of a larger Hilbert space of multiple physical qubits. For each code, a set of non-demolition multi-qubit measurements, termed stabilizers, can discretize and signal physical qubit errors without collapsing the encoded information. Here using a five-qubit superconducting processor, we realize the two parity measurements comprising the stabilizers of the three-qubit repetition code protecting one logical qubit from physical bit-flip errors. While increased physical qubit coherence times and shorter quantum error correction blocks are required to actively safeguard the quantum information, this demonstration is a critical step towards larger codes based on multiple parity measurements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number6983
    JournalNature Communications
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Applied physics
    • Quantum information
    • Qubits
    • Superconducting properties and materials


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