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Reliable quantum computers

Preskill, John (1998) Reliable quantum computers. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, 454 (1969). pp. 385-410. ISSN 1364-5021. doi:10.1098/rspa.1998.0167.

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The new field of quantum error correction has developed spectacularly since its origin less than two years ago. Encoded quantum information can be protected from errors that arise due to uncontrolled interactions with the environment. Recovery from errors can work effectively even if occasional mistakes occur during the recovery procedure. Furthermore, encoded quantum information can be processed without serious propagation of errors. Hence, an arbitrarily long quantum computation can be performed reliably, provided that the average probability of error per quantum gate is less than a certain critical value, the accuracy threshold. A quantum computer storing about 10⁶ qubits, with a probability of error per quantum gate of order 10⁻⁶, would be a formidable factoring engine. Even a smaller less–accurate quantum computer would be able to perform many useful tasks. This paper is based on a talk presented at the ITP Conference on Quantum Coherence and Decoherence, 15 to 18 December 1996.

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Additional Information:© 1998 The Royal Society. This work has been supported in part by the Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG03-92-ER40701, and by DARPA under Grant No. DAAH04-96-1-0386 administered by the Army Research Office. I am grateful to David DiVincenzo and Wojciech Zurek for organizing this stimulating meeting, and I thank Andrew Steane and Christof Zalka for helpful comments on the manuscript. I also thank my collaborators David Beckman, Jarah Evslin, Sham Kakade, and especially Daniel Gottesman for many productive discussions about fault-tolerant quantum computation.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG03-92-ER40701
Army Research Office (ARO)DAAH04-96-1-0386
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Subject Keywords:fault-tolerant computation; quantum leaks; reliable quantum computers
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Official Citation:Preskill John 1998 Reliable quantum computers Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A. 454:385–410
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