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‘Fibonacci quasiparticle’ could form basis of future quantum computers

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Posted December 16, 2014

Topological quantum computing (TQC) is a newer type of quantum computing that uses “braids” of particle tracks, rather than actual particles such as ions and electrons, as the qubits to implement computations. Using braids has one important advantage: it makes TQCs practically immune to the small perturbations in the environment that cause decoherence in particle-based qubits and often lead to high error rates.

fibonacci quasiparticle braids

Illustration of “braids,” i.e., the trajectories of anyon quasiparticles through time as they move around each other. Braiding patterns can form the logic gates in a quantum computer, and have the advantage of being more stable than trapped particles. Credit: Abolhassan Vaezi

Ever since TQC was first proposed in 1997, experimentally realizing the appropriate braids has been extremely difficult. For one thing, the braids are formed not by the trajectories of ordinary particles, but by the trajectories of exotic quasiparticles (particle-like excitations) called anyons. Also, movements of the anyons must be non-Abelian, a property similar to the non-commutative property in which changing the order of the anyons’ movements changes their final tracks. In most proposals of TQC so far, the non-Abelian statistics of the anyons has not been powerful enough, even in theory, for universal TQC.

Read more at: Phys.org

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