Distributed Quantum Error Correction for Chip-Level Catastrophic Errors

Qian Xu, Alireza Seif, Haoxiong Yan, Nam Mannucci, Bernard Ousmane Sane, Rodney Van Meter, Andrew N. Cleland, Liang Jiang

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Quantum error correction holds the key to scaling up quantum computers. Cosmic ray events severely impact the operation of a quantum computer by causing chip-level catastrophic errors, essentially erasing the information encoded in a chip. Here, we present a distributed error correction scheme to combat the devastating effect of such events by introducing an additional layer of quantum erasure error correcting code across separate chips. We show that our scheme is fault tolerant against chip-level catastrophic errors and discuss its experimental implementation using superconducting qubits with microwave links. Our analysis shows that in state-of-the-art experiments, it is possible to suppress the rate of these errors from 1 per 10 s to less than 1 per month.

Original languageEnglish
Article number240502
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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