Strong Resilience of Topological Codes to Depolarization Academic Article uri icon


  • The inevitable presence of decoherence effects in systems suitable for quantum computation necessitates effective error-correction schemes to protect information from noise. We compute the stability of the toric code to depolarization by mapping the quantum problem onto a classical disordered eight-vertex Ising model. By studying the stability of the related ferromagnetic phase via both large-scale Monte Carlo simulations and the duality method, we are able to demonstrate an increased error threshold of 18.9(3)% when noise correlations are taken into account. Remarkably, this result agrees within error bars with the result for a different class of codes-topological color codes-where the mapping yields interesting new types of interacting eight-vertex models.

altmetric score

  • 6.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Bombin, H., Andrist, R. S., Ohzeki, M., Katzgraber, H. G., & Martin-Delgado, M. A.

citation count

  • 78

publication date

  • January 2012