MSc Defense: Final Oral Examination for the Degree Master of Science of Carson Li

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Time: 2:30 PM
  • Location: MacN 222

Thesis Title

Adaptive Quantum Tomography of Pure States and Unitary Gates


In this work, we present adaptive and non-adaptive methods to determine a 1-qubit unitary gate with 5 and 6 Pauli measurements. We demonstrate the method on the Bloch sphere to show that studying higher dimensional real space may help in finding tomography methods of multiple qubit unitary gates. Next, we show an adaptive method to uniquely determine a general d-dimensional pure state among all quantum states with at most 2d-2 measurements. This method is then applied to determine a general d-dimensional unitary gate with at most d2+d-1 measurements. These methods are applied in tomographing a 2-qubit universal gate set with five unitary gates. On the NMR experimental system, the lowest fidelity achieved was above 97% with 42 Pauli measurements, comparing to 99% using traditional method that requires 240 Pauli measurements.

Examination Committee

  • Dr. Robert Wickham, Chair
  • Dr. David Kribs, Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Eric Poisson. Advisory Committee