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Quantum Computing: An Introduction for Microwave Engineers

IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 21 (2020), pp. 24-44


This paper is a tutorial on quantum computing designed for hardware engineers. We begin by explaining the type of computation that is carried out on a universal quantum computer then describe the requirement for hardware used to build a such system. We then explain how each of these requirements can be met using superconducting qubit technology. Connections are made throughout to familiar microwave concepts. The paper ends with a discussion of what is required of a fault-tolerant quantum computer and how the expertise of the microwave engineering community will be required to engineer such a system.

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