P04 - Quantum Information Protocols with Limited Resources

Ignacio Cirac


After many years of intensive research, it is now possible to control and manipulate tens of qubits with high precision. This has been achieved with trapped ions, cold atoms, superconductors, and photons, and it is very likely that other technologies will soon catch up. Even though a full-fledged quantum computer is still very far in time, it is expected that in the next few years quantum processors composed of up to hundred qubits will be available, and that one will be able to reliably perform more than thousand quantum gates without having to resort to error correction schemes. Under these conditions, can we take advantage of those small systems? And, what can we learn?

The long-term goals and visions of this project are to: (i) develop applications and protocols which can be carried out with small quantum processors, and that outperform existing and planned classical devices; (ii) use quantum systems to learn few/many-body quantum phenomena; (iii) Revisit classical algorithms and protocols inspired by quantum devices; (iv) bridge the gap between abstract results and specific experimental setups.


Subproject Leader: Ignacio Cirac

Co-PI: Jordi Tura

Admins: Sonya Gzyl, Andrea Kluth