Summer Intern Helps Develop New Model to Describe Defects and Errors in Quantum Computers

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At the point at which the energy landscape splits, the high symmetry chain decays into a lower symmetry state when the critical point is passed. In this case, a straight chain decays into a zig-zag configuration when the anisotropy lambda(t) passes a critical value lambda_{c}. Where two consecutive ions fall onto the same side, a state of higher energy locally, we observe a defect. Credit: Fernando Gómez-Ruiz – Donostia International Physics Center
A summer internship in Bilbao, Spain, has led to a paper in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters for Jack Mayo, a Master’s student in Nanoscience at the University of Groningen. He has helped to create a universal model that can predict the number distribution of topological defects in non-equilibrium systems. The results can be applied to quantum computing and to studies into the origin of structure in the early Universe.
Jack Mayo is a student of the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen. Last year, he received an email, circulated by one of the program’s supervisors, with a list of summer internships that were offered by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) in …

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