Postgraduate research opportunities Using noise to enhance quantum computation

Apply

Key facts

  • Opens: Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 42 months
  • Funding: International fee, Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Overview

Noise is known to be helpful in two models of quantum computing: quantum walks and quantum annealing. You'll investigate how it works and extend the principles to other models of quantum computing.
Back to opportunity

Eligibility

A good first degree (minimum BSc 2:1, Masters preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject(s), for example:

  • physics
  • computer Science
  • mathematics
THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
Back to opportunity

Project Details

There are several different models of quantum computing, from the circuit model using quantum gates, through measurement-based quantum computingx, to adiabatic quantum computing and quantum walks.

All of the theory behind these models assumes ideal noiseless operations. In all practical quantum hardware, interactions with the environment are unavoidable, and it's a major engineering challenge to mitigate the unwanted effects.

In this project, you'll investigate quantum walks and quantum annealing, two models where the noise is known to contribute something useful to the computation, by cooling the qubits. By understanding how this works to perform useful computation, the aim is to apply the principles to other quantum computing models, and hence make use of the noise to compute, where possible.

This project needs both theoretical and computational skills, to model the quantum computer and noise. There is scope for testing your ideas using real quantum computers, too.

Back to opportunity

Supervisors

Professor Vivien Kendon

Physics

View profile
Back to course

Apply

Number of places: 1

To read how we process personal data, applicants can review our 'Privacy Notice for Student Applicants and Potential Applicants' on our Privacy notices' web page.

Physics

Programme: Physics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Physics

Programme: Physics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Physics

Programme: Physics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

Physics

Programme: Physics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023