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Physics Colloquium

Investigating Quantum Speed Limits with Superconducting Qubits

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Abstract: The speed at which quantum entanglement between qubits with short range interactions can be generated is limited by the Lieb-Robinson bound. Introducing longer range interactions relaxes this bound and entanglement can be generated at a faster rate. The speed limit for this has been analytically found only for a two-qubit system under the assumption of negligible single qubit gate time. We seek to demonstrate this speed limit experimentally using two superconducting transmon qubits. Moreover, we aim to measure the increase in this speed limit induced by introducing additional qubits (coupled with the first two). Since the speed up grows with additional entangled qubits, it is expected to increase as the system size increases. This has important implications for large-scale quantum computing.

About the Speaker: Dr. Singh is an experimental physicist with research focused on quantum thermal effects and quantum computing. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with an M. S. in Physics in 2006 and received a Ph. D. in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Her Ph. D. thesis was focused on quantum transport in nanowires. She went on to work at Sandia National Laboratories on Quantum Computing as a post-doctoral scholar. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. At Mines, her research projects include measurements of spin-orbit coupling in novel materials and thermal effects in superconducting hybrids. She recently received the NSF CAREER award to pursue research in phonon interactions with spin qubits in silicon quantum dots.

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