Nikolas Breuckmann (University College London)
The construction of low-density parity check (LDPC) quantum codes has some unique challenges in comparison to classical LDPC codes. While there are classical codes with constant encoding rate and linear distance, so-called good codes, no equivalent statement is known for LDPC quantum codes. Even more severely, no LDPC quantum codes with distance larger than polylog(N)sqrt(N) were known to exist for a long time.
Hastings-Haah-O'Donnell recently showed that this apparent polylog(N)sqrt(N) distance barrier can be broken . They introduced "fiber bundle codes" which are inspired by a construction from differential geometry. Using a randomized procedure they obtain a family of codes which encode K in Theta(N^(3/5)) qubits and have distance D in Omega(N^(3/5)/polylog(N)) with high probability.
A similar, randomized construction, called "lifted product", was introduced by Panteleev-Kalachev . They further improved the distance scaling to be almost linear.
Breuckmann-Eberhardt showed how these codes can be constructed explicitly / without randomness via a third construction called the "balanced product" . Further, balanced products are in some sense more symmetric, leading to a concrete construction of LDPC quantum codes that is conjectured to have optimal scaling code parameters.
We will give an introduction to these novel fiber bundle / lifted / balanced product constructions and their relationship.
 Hastings, Haah, and O’Donnell, "Fiber bundle codes", arXiv:2009.03921, 2020
 Panteleev and Kalachev, "Quantum LDPC codes with almost linear minimum distance", arXiv:2012.04068, 2020
 Breuckmann and Eberhardt, "Balanced Product Quantum Codes", arXiv:2012.09271, 2020