Title: Construction of the first superconducting quantum bit in Barcelona
Abstract: We are approaching the age of quantum computers . Throughout the world, many initiatives, both public and private, aspire to construct the first generation of quantum processors able to surpass the computational power of the most powerful classical computers . Among all the candidate systems on which to build such a device, superconducting quantum circuits  are among the most promising. These circuits behave as artificially engineered atomic systems in the microwave frequency domain, allowing their quantum state to be efficiently initialized, controlled, and read out .
In a collaboration between the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), we are starting a project to aim at building the first quantum processor in Barcelona using the technology of superconducting circuits. The construction of such system requires a multi-disciplinary effort of physics, electronics, material science and computer science.
We propose to construct a class of circuits to perform quantum annealing , which is one of the possible ways to perform quantum computation in a quantum processor. The first circuits will need to be designed using advanced software tools and tested in an actual experimental setting.
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