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Role of relaxation in the quantum measurement of a superconducting qubit using a nonlinear oscillator
We analyze the relaxation of a superconducting flux qubit during measurement. The qubit state is measured with a nonlinear oscillator driven across the threshold of bifurcation, acting as a switching dispersive detector. This readout scheme is of quantum nondemolition type. Two successive readouts are used to analyze the evolution of the qubit and the detector during the measurement. We introduce a simple transition rate model for characterizing the qubit relaxation and the detector switching process. Corrected for qubit relaxation the readout fidelity is at least 95%. Qubit relaxation strongly depends on the driving strength and the state of the oscillator.

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Multiparticle entanglement under the influence of decoherence
We present a method to determine the decay of multiparticle quantum correlations as quantified by the geometric measure of entanglement under the influence of decoherence. With this, we compare the robustness of entanglement in GreenbergerHorneZeilinger (GHZ), cluster, W, and Dicke states of four qubits and show that the Dicke state is the most robust. Finally, we determine the geometric measure analytically for decaying GHZ and cluster states of an arbitrary number of qubits.

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Lowcrosstalk bifurcation detectors for coupled flux qubits
We present experimental results on the crosstalk between two acoperated dispersive bifurcation detectors, implemented in a circuit for highfidelity readout of two strongly coupled flux qubits. Both phasedependent and phaseindependent contributions to the crosstalk are analyzed. For proper tuning of the phase the measured crosstalk is 0.1% and the correlation between the measurement outcomes is less than 0.05%. These results show that bifurcative readout provides a reliable and generic approach for multipartite correlation experiments.

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A 1 GSa/s Deep Cryogenic, Reconfigurable Softcore FPGA ADC for Quantum Computing Applications
Analog interfacing is the only way to communicate with a quantum processor, whether it is applying qubit operations or reading their quantum states. There exist other applications where analog interfacing is abundant, e.g. sensor networks, automotive, industrial control, etc. In those applications the use of FPGAs is continuously growing, however a direct link between the analog world and the digital FPGA is still missing (except for the newest generation of FPGAs, where analogtodigital conversion is present, but limited in performance). External analogtodigital converters (ADCs) are combined together with the FPGA to form a complete, application specific, system. This system is thus limited in compactness, exibility and reconfigurability. To address those issues we propose an ADC architecture, implemented entirely in a conventional FPGA, that is fully reconfifigurable and easy to calibrate. This allows one to alter the design, according to the system requirements. Therefore it can be used in a wide range of operating conditions, such as a harsh cryogenic environment, where we demonstrated that the FPGA is able to operate. This architecture employs timetodigital converters (TDCs) and phase interpolation techniques to reach a sampling rate, higher than the clock frequency, up to 1.2 GSa/s. The resulting FPGA ADC can achieve a 8 bit resolution over a 0.6 to 1.9 V input range. The system nonlinearities are less than 0.45 LSB. The main advantages of this architecture are its scalability and reconfigurability, enabling applications with changing demands on one single platform.

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Electrical manipulation and detection of single electron spins in quantum dots

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Entanglement in SolidState Nanostructures
The goal of this thesis is to investigate theoretically the generation and behaviour of multipartite entanglement for solidstate nanosystems, in particular electron spin quantum bits (socalled 'qubits') in quantum dots.
A quantum dot is a tiny potential well where a single electron can be trapped. A quantum bit can be implemented in this system by applying a magnetic field, and thereby lifting the degeneracy of the spin states of the electron. These spins can then be used as single qubits, and engineering many of these quantum dots next to each other gives as a register of qubits. In this scheme, the socalled LossDiVincenzo quantum computer, the single spins can be rotated e.g. by applying a time dependent magnetic field, and two spins can interact through controlling the potential barrier between them.
A qubit cannot only be in a superposition of the two computational states 0 and 1 at the same time, but an even stranger characteristic arises for multiple qubits: this phenomenon is called entanglement and refers to a strong correlation between two or more qubits, which can not be achieved within the framework of classical physics, and exponentially enlarges the possible states for a Nqubit system as compared to a classical Nbit system.
In this thesis we devise algorithms how to generate multipartite entangled states in
electron spin qubits in quantum dots. We compare which classes of entangled states can be generated efficiently in this system. Once the states are created, they decay due to a process called decoherence. We compare how entangled states can be generated and detected in a realistic experiment, and which classes of states are the most suitable. Furthermore, we compare which classes conserve the entanglement, and quantify the robustness of various classes of entangled states.
In the last chapter, we devise a scheme of how to execute a simple quantum algorithm, the DeutschJozsa algorithm, in a system containing another type of solidstate qubit, the socalled flux qubit.

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Statistics of measurement of noncommuting quantum variables: Monitoring and purification of a qubit
We address continuous weak linear quantum measurement and argue that it is best understood in terms of statistics of the outcomes of the linear detectors measuring a quantum system, for example, a qubit. We mostly concentrate on a setup consisting of a qubit and three independent detectors that simultaneously monitor three noncommuting operator variables, those corresponding to three pseudospin components of the qubit. We address the joint probability distribution of the detector outcomes and the qubit variables. When analyzing the distribution in the limit of big values of the outcomes, we reveal a high degree of correspondence between the three outcomes and three components of the qubit pseudospin after the measurement. This enables a highfidelity monitoring of all three components. We discuss the relation between the monitoring described and the algorithms of quantum information theory that use the results of the partial measurement. We develop a proper formalism to evaluate the statistics of continuous weak linear measurement. The formalism is based on FeynmanVernon approach, roots in the theory of full counting statistics, and boils down to a BlochRedfield equation augmented with counting fields.

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Towards Secure Quantum Cloud Computing through NVcenter enabled MDIQKD

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Manipulation and Readout of Spins in Quantum Dots
Besides an electric charge, electrons also have a tiny magnetic moment, called spin. In a magnetic field, the spin has two possible orientations: 'spinup' (parallel to the field) and 'spindown' (antiparallel to the field) and can therefore be used as a quantum bit, the computational unit of a quantum computer. For quantum computations, quantum bits must have long relaxation and coherence times. Furthermore, one needs to be able to manipulate and read out the quantum bits. The research in this thesis aims at developing a solidstate quantum bit using electron spins, confined in quantum dots. We perform singleshot readout of electron spin states and observe long relaxation times. These measurements also reveal that lattice vibrations (phonons) play a dominant role in the spin relaxation process. To increase the spin readout fidelity we introduce a novel approach to ultrafast charge detection: a high electron mobility transistor operated as a cryogenic preamplification stage. Another essential requirement is the ability to coherently manipulate the electron spin, which we achieve by generating an oscillating magnetic field close to the dot. We also use this electron spin resonance technique to indirectly control the surrounding nuclear spins. This electronnuclear interaction might be used to prepare a nuclear spin environment where fluctuations are reduced.

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Interqubit coupling mediated by a highexcitationenergy quantum object
We consider a system composed of two qubits and a high excitation energy quantum object used to mediate coupling between the qubits. We treat the entire system quantum mechanically and analyze the properties of the eigenvalues and eigenstates of the total Hamiltonian. After reproducing well known results concerning the leading term in the mediated coupling, we obtain an expression for the residual coupling between the qubits in the off state. We also analyze the entanglement between the three objects, i.e., the two qubits and the coupler, in the eigenstates of the total Hamiltonian. Although we focus on the application of our results to the recently realized parametriccoupling scheme with two qubits, we also discuss extensions of our results to harmonicoscillator couplers, couplers that are near resonance with the qubits and multiqubit systems. In particular, we find that certain errors that are absent for a twoqubit system arise when dealing with multiqubit systems.

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Silicon Quantum Electronics

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Faulttolerant architectures for nanoelectronic and quantum devices
The progress in CMOS technology has entered the submicron realm, and the technology will approach its limits within about 15 years. Already various novel information processing devices, based on quantum mechanical effects at the nanometer scale, have been widely investigated and some have been successfully demonstrated at the circuit level. This advance in nanoelectronic devices has also motivated efforts in the research of nanoelectronic and quantum computer architectures. Due to the components' poor reliabilities, these architectures will have to be robust against device and interconnect failures. In order to avoid power dissipation problems, the components will have to be applied in the quantum mechanical domain, while due to potential problems in interconnects, the components should be locally interconnected only.
This dissertation is devoted to pursuing solutions to architectural issues that come up when designing a nanoelectronic computer. It explores the possibility of building viable and reliable computer systems from novel nanoelectronic and quantum devices. In particular, parallel processor architectures that are faulttolerant and locallycoupled have been researched.
Chapter 1 presents an introduction to the issues that play a role in nanoelectronics, in contrast with microelectronics, and discusses implications for nanocomputer architectures.
A brief review of the current status in nanoelectronics and recent progress in nanoarchitecture research is presented in Chapter 2.
Chapter 3 describes research on faulttolerant architectures. We review von Neumann's NAND multiplexing technique and extended his study from a high degree of redundancy to a fairly low degree of redundancy. We show the stochastic Markovian nature of a multistage multiplexing system and work out its characteristics. We develop a system architecture based on the NAND multiplexing structure that copes with the problem of random background charges in single electron tunneling (SET) circuits. Our study shows that, although a rather large amount of redundant components is required, an architecture based on the multiplexing technique could be a faulttolerant system solution for the integration of unreliable nanoelectronic devices affected by dominant transient errors.
In addition, in Chapter 4, a defect and faulttolerant architecture is proposed, that uses the multiplexing technique for its fundamental circuits and a hierarchical reconfigurability in the overall system. It is shown that the required redundancy could be brought back to a moderate level by adding reconfigurability to the system concept. This architecture is robust in an efficient way against both manufacturing defects and transient faults, and tolerates a gate error rate of up to 10 which, for any current microelectronic system, would be unacceptable.
Derived from von Neumann's multiplexing technique, we propose triplicated interwoven redundancy (TIR), as a generalization of triple modular redundancy (TMR), but then with random interconnections. A prototype processor architecture and its simulationbased reliability model have been setup and are used to evaluate the faulttolerance. The processor is, by way of comparison, implemented using both TIR as well as socalled quadded logic. In general, the reliability of a TIR circuit is comparable with that of an equivalent TMR circuit while, for certain interconnect patterns, the TIR structure may present an inferior performance to TMR, due to its interwoven nature in gate interconnections. TIR can be extended to higher orders, which we label Ntuple interwoven redundancy (NIR). The use of 5tuple interwoven redundancy leads to an economical redundancy factor of less than 10 for the reconfigurable system architecture. It has been shown that the design and implementation of restorative devices (voters) are important for TIR/NIR and quadded structures. Only with a simple voter design is it possible to obtain with a higher order of NIR a better system reliability than with TIR. TIR or NIR is in particular suitable for implementation in molecular nanocomputers, which are likely to be fabricated by a manufacturing process of stochastic chemical assembly.
In Chapter 5, superconducting circuits of Josephson junctions have been investigated with as aim to possibly use them in locallyconnected processor structures. Both a classical SIMD computer architecture and an arraybased quantum computer structure are presented that use the same basic circuit, the Josephson junctions. Our ideal is that the classical computer can serve as a pre, post and intermediate processor for the quantum computation that is performed in the heart of the Josephson circuit array. As such, it then establishes a heterogeneous quantum/classical computer for implementations of algorithms such as Shor's factoring algorithm which mixes classical computation steps with quantum computation steps in a single algorithm. Although not specifically worked out and discussed in this study in detail, an architecture in the form of an allreversible computing network based on superconducting circuits of Josephson junctions, could in principle be used for this.
A quantum CNN (cellular nonlinear networks) architecture using the Josephson circuits has also been proposed, presenting a novel computing paradigm for Josephson circuits. Since classical computing architectures (SIMD arrays), quantum computing architectures and semiquantum computing architectures (quantum CNNs) can be simultaneously studied on the same device, the Josephson circuit is a good vehicle for investigating the architectural issues of quantum and nanoelectronic computer systems, independently from the question of which device will be the ultimate implementation vehicle.
This last chapter concludes this dissertation, which can be placed in the "early days" of research on architectures of nanoelectronic and quantum computers.
And beyond this thesis: The scientific papers that form the foundation of the chapters in this thesis have meanwhile been followed up by many new studies in faulttolerant techniques such as using Monte Carlo simulations, bifurcation theory and an exact analysis using combinatorial arguments to investigate the error behavior in a multiplexed nanosystem of Markov chains. Moreover, a probabilisticbased methodology has been proposed for designing nanocomputer architectures based on Markov Random Fields (MRF), and CAD tools are being developed to automate the evaluation of various faulttolerant schemes and their reliability/redundancy tradeoffs. The redundancy techniques, originating from von Neumann, are basically errorcorrecting codes (ECC). The multiplexing construction boils down to the use of a repetition code, in which each symbol of a message is repeated many times to create redundancy. The use of errorcorrecting codes, as well as the issue of faulttolerance in nanocomputing in general, awaits further investigation.
Novel computing systems, envisioned now as adaptive systems based on molecular electronics, biologyinspired selflearning and evolving systems, nonlinear dynamical systems and quantum computers, may in the long term emerge, possibly leading to new types of algorithms and architectures. The choice of algorithms and architectures must aim towards applications in nanotechnology. An architecture will strongly influence the design of devices and circuits, and vice versa: the opportunities and problems found in nanoelectronic devices and circuits will strongly influence the choice of an architecture. In research on nanocomputer architectures, therefore, an interdisciplinary approach must be followed and the success will eventually rely upon a multidisciplinary effort in the fields of chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and, perhaps, many others.

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Lowfrequency noise in Josephson junctions for superconducting qubits
The authors have studied lowfrequency resistance fluctuations in shadowevaporated Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions. Between 300 and 5 K the spectral density follows a 1/f law. Below 5 K, individual defects distort the 1/f shape of the spectrum. The spectral density decreases linearly with temperature between 150 and 1 K and saturates below 0.8 K. At 4.2 K, it is about two orders of magnitude lower than expected from a recent survey [D. J. Van Harlingen et al., Phys. Rev. B 70, 064510 (2004)]. Due to saturation below 0.8 K the estimated qubit dephasing times at 100 mK are only about two times longer than calculated by Van Harlingen et al.

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Coherent transport through a double donor system in silicon
In this letter, we describe the observation of the interference of conduction paths induced by two donors in a nanoscale silicon transistor, resulting in a Fano resonance. This demonstrates the coherent exchange of electrons between two donors. In addition, the phase difference between the two conduction paths can be tuned by means of a magnetic field, in full analogy to the Aharonov–Bohm effect. One of the crucial ingredients for donor based quantum computation is phase coherent manipulation of electrons. This has not been achieved as yet, and this work presents a stepping stone.

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Photon and phononassisted tunneling in the threedimensional charge stability diagram of a triple quantum dot array
We report both photon and phononassisted tunneling transitions in a linear array of three quantum dots, which can only be understood by considering the full threedimensionality of the charge stability diagram. Such tunneling transitions potentially contribute to leakage of qubits defined in this system. A detailed understanding of these transitions is important as they become more abundant and complex to analyze as quantum dot arrays are scaled up.

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