Duke, NCSU, and UNC students organized a great @qiskit quantum hackathon in the triangle area.

These schools have plans for hybrid-courses for the fall. These students will not have to worry about this @ICEgov ruling. ice.gov/news/releases/…
Other students are not so lucky. We should try to help them out.

Consider signing this petition.petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow…
Consider writing your congressperson. #StudentBan

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Sep 25, 2020
The @bacon-@PeterShor1 code project has been a great collaboration with Chris Monroe's group @JQInews and my group @DukeEngineering @DukePhysics @GTCSE. It is an amazing experiment with excellent control over 13 ions in a chain of 15 ions. Here is a thread about the theory. 1/n
The first error correction code is a concatenation of two repetition codes by @PeterShor1 in 1995
journals.aps.org/pra/abstract/1… 2/n
In 2005, @dabacon (typo in 1/n whoops) was looking for a stable quantum memory and posted a subsystem version of Shor's code arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0…. Immediately David Poulin released a paper showing how it connected to the stabilizer formalism arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0… 3/n
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Aug 5, 2020
I agree with @abe_asfaw and @crazy4pi314 that the Bloch sphere doesn't help that much understanding larger quantum systems. However, there is an interesting set of counter examples.
The Bloch sphere needs two non-commuting Pauli matrices. Any two. They could be k-qubit Pauli matrices.
This was used by @nmrqip to show how to use single-qubit composite pulses to make two-qubit gates robust to systematic error.
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Aug 2, 2020
Our paper on weighted union-find decoding on the toric code is now out in @PhysRevA journals.aps.org/pra/abstract/1…
@Huang_Shilin first developed the weighted union-find decoder to look at the whole family of compass codes but using a slightly non-standard error model. arxiv.org/abs/1911.11317
In this paper (arxiv vesrsion her arxiv.org/abs/2004.04693), Mike and Shilin use the standard error model and find that even truncated weights give great performance.
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Jul 8, 2020
Congratulations to Pak Hong (James) Leung for successfully defending his PhD on "Robust Ion Trap Quantum Computation Enabled by Quantum Control." @DukePhysics @DukeTrinity #DukeQuantum Image
James had a great collaboration with @kalandsman9 @JQInews where James would invent pulses for two-qubit gates and Kevin would show that they worked in practice.
James worked with an undergraduate Catherine Liang (co-founder duqis.org) and grad students @Huang_Shilin, and Bichen Zhang to optimize digitial implementations leading to great gates @DukeEngineering arxiv.org/abs/2003.12430
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Jun 25, 2020
The #SummerSTAQ 2020 lecture notes, recorded lectures, problem sets, and discussion sections are now all available openly here. Enjoy and think about joining as a student or lecturer for #SummerSTAQ 2021.
Let me again thank this years lecturers: @quantum_aram (@MIT), Akimasa Miyake (@UNM), Peter Love (@TuftsUniversity), Chris Monroe (@JQInews, @IonQ_Inc ), Abhinav Kandala and David McKay (@IBMResearch, #IBMQ), and Casey Duckering @prof_chong (@EPiQCExpedition @UChicago )
I'd also like to thank the students for joining us for this virtual school.
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Jun 6, 2020
I am really sorry to hear this but in the spirit of Jon Dowling, I will retell my two favorite slightly irreverent Dowling stories.
When I was a grad student QC funding was the wild west because nothing worked and the government was trying to see if anything worked. This ended in a strange way where some program calls were made and then mysteriously canceled right around when I became a postdoc 2003-4
I think of this as "the first quantum winter" and was bad for QC grad students trying to become faculty in the US. Anyway, the next time there was a call for proposals everyone ignored the last weird time but Jon.
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