Low Temperature Physics: 30, 634 (2004); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1789936 (12 pages)
Физика Низких Температур: Том 30, Выпуск 7-8 (Июль 2004), c. 841-855    ( к оглавлению , назад )

Topologically protected quantum states and quantum computing in Josephson junctions arrays

L.B. Ioffe

Center for Materials Theory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University 136 Frelinghuysen Rd., Piscataway NJ 08854, USA
Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2 Kosygina Str., Moscow 117940, Russia

M.V. Feigel`man

Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2 Kosygina Str., Moscow 117940, Russia
E-mail: feigel@landau.ac.ru

B. Douçot

Laboratoire de Physique Thйorique et Hautes' Energies, CNRS UMR 7589, Universitйs Paris 6 et 7, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris 75252 Cedex 05, France

Received January 5, 2004


We review recent results on a new class of Josephson arrays which have non-trivial topology and exhibit a novel quantum states at low temperatures. One of these states is characterized by long range order in a two Cooper pair condensate and by a discrete topological order parameter. The second state is insulating and can be considered as a result of evolution of the former state due to Bose-condensation of usual superconductive vortices with a flux quantum Ф0. Quantum phase transition between these two states is controlled by variation of external magnetic field. Both the superconductive and insulating states are characterized by the presence of 2K-degenerate ground states, with K being the number of topologically different cycles existing in the plane of the array. This degeneracy is «protected» from the external perturbations (and noise) by the topological order parameter and spectral gap. We show that in ideal conditions the low order effect of the external perturbations on this degeneracy is exactly zero and that deviations from ideality lead to only exponentially small effects of perturbations. We argue that this system provides a physical implementation of an ideal quantum computer with a built in error correction. A number of relatively simple «echo-like» experiments possible on small-size arrays are discussed.

74.50.+r - Tunneling phenomena; point contacts, weak links, Josephson effects (for SQUIDs, see 85.25.Dq; for Josephson devices, see 85.25.Cp; for Josephson junction arrays, see 74.81.Fa)
85.25.-j - Superconducting devices