Date of Award




Faculty Advisor

Mark S. Byrd


Quantum computers have enormous advantages over classical computers. A quantum computer can be used to calculate the factors of a number, which is sometimes impossible during one's lifetime with a classical computer. Quantum information processing techniques can also be used for encryption, which makes eavesdropping impossible. Noise from the environment is a great challenge in building a reliable quantum computer. To build a reliable quantum computer, one has to protect the information content of the system from the environment. Otherwise, the information associated with the system will decay as the system interacts with the environment. The noise resulting from the system-bath interaction can be removed by using quantum error correcting codes or decoupling pulses. In addition, one could also use DFS encoding to make the information content of the system immune to the noise. In this paper, the various types of errors that could arise in a specific DFS encoding of a 3 spin qubit have been classified according to their effect on the state of the qubit. Also, the application of a specific decoupling pulse on the system, which is coupled to the environment through hyperfine Hamiltonian, has been analyzed.


Foremost, I would like to thank my advisor Dr. Byrd for his patience during the course of this research project. It would not have been possible to complete this project without his unwavering support. I also want to thank Saeed Pegahan and Nick Dewaele who have helped me with this project.