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Variational quantum gate optimization at the pulse level

Sean Greenaway, Francesco Petiziol, Hongzheng Zhao, Florian Mintert

SciPost Phys. 16, 082 (2024) · published 22 March 2024


We experimentally investigate the viability of a variational quantum gate optimization protocol informed by the underlying physical Hamiltonian of fixed-frequency transmon qubits. Through the successful experimental optimization of two and three qubit quantum gates the utility of the scheme for obtaining gates based on static effective Hamiltonians is demonstrated. The limits of such a strategy are investigated through the optimization of a time-dependent, Floquet-engineered gate, however parameter drift is identified as a key limiting factor preventing the implementation of such a scheme which the variational optimization protocol is unable to overcome.

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