Linear optical quantum computing with photonic qubits

Pieter Kok, W.J. Munro, Kae Nemoto, T.C. Ralph, Jonathan P. Dowling, and G.J. Milburn

Reviews of Modern Physics 79, 135 (2007)


Linear optics with photo-detection is a prominent candidate for practical quantum computing. The protocol by Knill, Laflamme and Milburn [Nature 409 46 (2001)] explicitly demonstrates that efficient scalable quantum computing with single photons, linear optical elements, and projective measurements is possible. Subsequently, several improvements on this protocol have started to bridge the gap between theoretical scalability and practical implementation. We review the original proposal and its improvements, and we give a few examples of experimental two-qubit gates. We discuss the use of realistic components, the errors they induce in the computation, and how they can be corrected.

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