Quantum neural networks

The scope of this project is to build superconducting quantum neural networks to develop dedicated, neuromorphic quantum machine learning hardware. We will build feed forward neural networks, consisting of a few qubits that work in the quantum regime and demonstrate their operation. These will be based on adiabatic ramp quantum neurons implemented via ZZ-type couplings together with a transverse driving field that adiabatically sweeps the target neuron Besides implementing the network and training it for ’classical’ situations, will explore its capabilities beyond classical approximation. This project is part of the EU FET Open project Quromorphic.

Team members

Marek Pechal (Postdoc working at IBM Research Zurich)


Gian Salis (IBM Research – Zurich)
Samuel Wilkison & Michael Hartmann (University Erlangen-Nürnberg)



Time-resolved tomography of a driven adiabatic quantum simulation – G. Salis et al. arXiv:2001.05243 (2020)

A typical goal of a quantum simulation is to find the energy levels and eigenstates of a given Hamiltonian. This can be realized by adiabatically varying the system control parameters to steer an initial eigenstate into the eigenstate of the target Hamiltonian. Such an adiabatic quantum simulation is demonstrated by directly implementing a controllable and smoothly varying Hamiltonian in the rotating frame of two superconducting qubits, including longitudinal and transverse fields and iSWAP-type two-qubit interactions. The evolution of each eigenstate is tracked using time-resolved state tomography. The energy gaps between instantaneous eigenstates are chosen such that depending on the energy transition rate either diabatic or adiabatic passages are observed in the measured energies and correlators. Errors in the obtained energy values induced by finite T1 and T2 times of the qubits are mitigated by extrapolation to short protocol times.

Time-resolved energy levels and Pauli-term expectation
values during the adiabatic protocol. In (a) and (c), a diabatic
passage is observed for a coupling strength of 0 MHz, and in (b) and (d) an
adiabatic passage for a coupling strength of 1.7 MHz.