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Normal, superconducting and topological regimes of hybrid double quantum dots 

  Majorana devices will generally be much more complicated than the single-junction or single quantum dot Majorana devices that have been realized in the literature so far. (See https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.05289 by the Station Q team for examples of complex devices.) Recently, a first step toward complex multi-gated Majorana devices—a Majorana double quantum wire—was realized by Daniel Sherman and...Read more

Anomalous Fraunhofer Interference in Epitaxial Superconductor-Semiconductor Josephson Junctions 

  Last year saw a materials breakthrough, with the realization of a two-dimensional heterostructure combining superconductor and semiconductor layers. (See journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.93.15540.) Now, as shown in a recent report, this material has been used to study interference effects controlled by magnetic fields in a Josephson junction made from this material. Anomalous interference reveals properties of the semiconductor in...Read more

Verified compilation of space-efficient reversible circuits 

  Generation of reversible circuits from high-level code is an important problem in the compilation flow of quantum algorithms to lower-level hardware. The instantiation of quantum oracles in particular will require mapping classical circuits to a reversible implementation. Existing tools compile and optimize reversible circuits for various metrics, such as the overall circuit size or the...Read more

Double semions in arbitrary dimension 

  In the paper, “Double semions in arbitrary dimension,” published in Communications in Mathematical Physics, Michael Freedman and Matthew Hastings present a new construction of topological phases of matter in higher dimensions, generalizing the double semion theory in two dimensions. This theory is distinct from the Dijkgraaf-Witten model and generalized toric code models. Read the published version....Read more

Training a quantum optimizer 

  In this paper, published in Physical Review A, we show how to greatly improve success at solving Constraint Satisfaction Problems on a quantum computer by using a learned schedule, instead of the standard linear ramps. The technique actually improves as the problem gets larger and more difficult, allowing classical machines to learn optimizations that...Read more

Triple point topological metals 

  Topological materials can yield quasiparticles that behave in a manner similar to elementary particles that are part of the standard model of particle physics. In this paper, published in Physical Review X, we report on a new class of such quasiparticles—triple point fermions—which represent fermions that have mixed properties of Dirac and Weyl fermions....Read more

Direct from the 2016 Quantum Retreat in Redmond 

  The 2016 QRetreat took place on Microsoft’s Redmond campus on April 28 and 29, 2016. QRetreat is an annual meeting of the Station Q Santa Barbara and Station Q Redmond teams. The goals of the meeting are to update each other on the recent research in an informal atmosphere and discuss current projects. This...Read more

LIQUi| for quantum computing 

  LIQUi|> is a software architecture and tool suite for quantum computing. It includes a programming language, optimization and scheduling algorithms, and quantum simulators. LIQUi|> can be used to translate a quantum algorithm written in the form of a high-level program into the low-level machine instructions for a quantum device. LIQUi|> is developed by the...Read more

Hybrid quantum-classical approach to correlated materials 

  Recent improvements in the control of quantum systems make it seem feasible to finally build a quantum computer within a decade. While it has been shown that such a quantum computer can in principle solve certain small electronic structure problems and idealized model Hamiltonians, the highly relevant problem of directly solving a complex correlated...Read more