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Basic Information

Portrait: Prof. Dr. Barbara Terhal © Copyright: privat
Prof. Dr. Barbara Terhal
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Organizational Unit:
Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.04.2016 to 31.03.2021
EU contribution:
1.786.563 euros
  EU flag and ERC logo This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 682726)  


Engineering Quantum Error Correction


This proposal will advance the theory of quantum error correction towards its application in real physical devices, in particular superconducting transmon qubit systems. The research will result in proposals for experiments: how to use physical qubits to redundantly represent logical quantum information and how error information can be obtained and classically processed. The research will consider novel ways of using transmon qubits to achieve a universal fault-tolerant surface code architecture. The research will produce a design of a universal fault-tolerant architecture in which qubits are encoded in the electromagnetic field of a (microwave) cavity. Research will also focus on mathematical and numerical studies in quantum error correction which are technology-independent, but shed light on coding overhead, decoding efficiency and logical universality.

Additional information

Prof. Terhal transferred her grant from RWTH Aachen University to the Delft University of Technology.