Hardware-Efficient Leakage-Reduction Scheme for Quantum Error Correction with Superconducting Transmon Qubits

  title={Hardware-Efficient Leakage-Reduction Scheme for Quantum Error Correction with Superconducting Transmon Qubits},
  author={Francesco Battistel and B. M. Varbanov and Barbara M. Terhal},
  journal={PRX Quantum},
Leakage outside of the qubit computational subspace poses a threatening challenge to quantum error correction (QEC). We propose a scheme using two leakage-reduction units (LRUs) that mitigate these issues for a transmon-based surface code, without requiring an overhead in terms of hardware or QEC-cycle time as in previous proposals. For data qubits we consider a microwave drive to transfer leakage to the readout resonator, where it quickly decays, ensuring that this negligibly affects the… 

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