Implementation and characterization of active feed-forward for deterministic linear optics quantum computing

Pascal Böhi, Robert Prevedel, Thomas Jennewein, André Stefanov, Felix Tiefenbacher, Anton Zeilinger

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In general, quantum computer architectures which are based on the dynamical evolution of quantum states, also require the processing of classical information, obtained by measurements of the actual qubits that make up the computer. This classical processing involves fast, active adaptation of subsequent measurements and real-time error correction (feed-forward), so that quantum gates and algorithms can be executed in a deterministic and hence error-free fashion. This is also true in the linear optical regime, where the quantum information is stored in the polarization state of photons. The adaptation of the photon's polarization can be achieved in a very fast manner by employing electro-optical modulators, which change the polarization of a trespassing photon upon appliance of a high voltage. In this paper we discuss techniques for implementing fast, active feed-forward at the single photon level and we present their application in the context of photonic quantum computing. This includes the working principles and the characterization of the EOMs as well as a description of the switching logics, both of which allow quantum computation at an unprecedented speed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-505
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103026 Quantum optics

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