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Quantum Innovator Series with Dr. Krysta Svore

In this video, Dr. Krysta Svore discusses why Microsoft decided to design its quantum machine with topological qubits—an approach that is both more challenging and more promising than others.

Learn what's next for Microsoft’s quantum hardware ambitions. This episode will share more about Microsoft’s quantum hardware journey, specifically touching on Microsoft’s physics breakthrough outlined in Dr. Nayak’s recent paper, and will also focus on the physics behind the topological qubit.

  • Learn about topological phases in physics and how they are applied to quantum computing. 
  • Explore how topological properties create a level of protection that can, in principle, help a qubit retain quantum information despite what’s happening in the environment around it.
  • Understand the role of the topological gap and the recently discovered Majorana zero modes, and how together they impact a topological qubit’s stability, size, and speed. 
  • Learn how to examine the raw data and analysis from Microsoft’s hardware research on Azure Quantum.
  • Learn how to use interactive Jupyter notebooks and explore what’s next in engineering the world’s first topological qubit. 

About the speaker

Krysta Svore | Distinguished Engineer and Vice President of Advanced Quantum Development, Quantum at Microsoft

Dr. Svore has published over 70 refereed articles and filed over 30 patents. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She won the 2010 Yahoo! Learning to Rank Challenge with a team of colleagues, received an ACM Best of 2013 Notable Article award, and was recognized as one of Business Insider’s Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2018. A Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, she also serves as an advisor to the National Quantum Initiative, the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy, and the ISAT Committee of DARPA, in addition to numerous other quantum centers and initiatives globally.



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Video: Integrated hybrid quantum computing

An in-depth discussion from the Azure Quantum team on newly released integrated hybrid capabilities

Video: The topological gap protocol

Dr. Chetan Nayak discusses Microsoft’s recent work on topological quantum computing and the topological gap protocol