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  1. Two Superconducting Charge Qubits Coupled by a Josephson Inductance

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    Watanabe, Michio; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Pashkin, Yuri A.; Astafiev, Oleg; Nakamura, Yasunobu; Tsai, Jaw-Shen

    2007-03-01

    When the quantum oscillations [Pashkin et al., Nature 421, 823 (2003)] and the conditional gate operation [Yamamoto et al., Nature 425, 941 (2003)] were demonstrated using superconducting charge qubits, the charge qubits were coupled capacitively, where the coupling was always on and the coupling strength was not tunable. This fixed coupling, however, is not ideal because for example, it makes unconditional gate operations difficult. In this work, we aimed to tunably couple two charge qubits. We fabricated circuits based on the theoretical proposal by You, Tsai, and Nori [PRB 68, 024510 (2003)], where the inductance of a Josephson junction, which has a much larger junction area than the qubit junctions, couples the qubits and the coupling strength is controlled by the external magnetic flux. We confirmed by spectroscopy that the large Josephson junction was indeed coupled to the qubits and that the coupling was turned on and off by the external magnetic flux. In the talk, we will also discuss the quantum oscillations in the circuits.

  2. Josephson persistent-current qubit

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    Mooij; Orlando; Levitov; Tian; van der Wal CH; Lloyd

    1999-08-13

    A qubit was designed that can be fabricated with conventional electron beam lithography and is suited for integration into a large quantum computer. The qubit consists of a micrometer-sized loop with three or four Josephson junctions; the two qubit states have persistent currents of opposite direction. Quantum superpositions of these states are obtained by pulsed microwave modulation of the enclosed magnetic flux by currents in control lines. A superconducting flux transporter allows for controlled transfer between qubits of the flux that is generated by the persistent currents, leading to entanglement of qubit information.

  3. Strong-coupling BCS models of Josephson qubits.

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    Alicki, R; Miklaszewski, W

    2013-01-23

    The strong-coupling version of the BCS theory for superconductors is used to derive microscopic models for all types of small Josephson junctions--charge qubit, flux qubit and phase qubit. Applied to Josephson qubits it yields a more complicated structure of the lowest-lying energy levels than that obtained from phenomenological models based on quantization of the Kirchhoff equations. In particular, highly degenerate levels emerge, which act as probability sinks for the qubit. The alternative formulae concerning spectra of superconducting qubits are presented and compared with the experimental data. In contrast to the existing theories those formulae contain microscopic parameters of the model. In particular, for the first time, the density of Cooper pairs at zero temperature is estimated for an Al-based flux qubit. Finally, the question whether small Josephson junctions can be treated as macroscopic quantum systems is briefly discussed.

  4. Accurate Control of Josephson Phase Qubits

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    2016-04-14

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  5. Josephson junction microwave modulators for qubit control

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    Naaman, O.; Strong, J. A.; Ferguson, D. G.; Egan, J.; Bailey, N.; Hinkey, R. T.

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate Josephson junction based double-balanced mixer and phase shifter circuits operating at 6-10 GHz and integrate these components to implement both a monolithic amplitude/phase vector modulator and an I/Q quadrature mixer. The devices are actuated by flux signals, dissipate no power on chip, exhibit input saturation powers in excess of 1 nW, and provide cryogenic microwave modulation solutions for integrated control of superconducting qubits.

  6. Qubit readout with the Josephson Photomultiplier

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    Ribeill, Guilhem

    Recent demonstrations of error correction in many qubit circuits, as well as efforts to build a logical qubit, have shown the need for a simple and scalable superconducting quantum bit (qubit) readout. Current solutions based on heterodyne detection and cryogenic amplification of microwave readout tones may prove difficult to scale, while photon counting presents an attractive alternative. However, the development of counters operating at these frequencies has proved technically challenging. In this thesis, we describe the development of the Josephson Photomultiplier (JPM), a microwave photon counting circuit. We discuss the JPM theoretically, and describe the fabrication of the JPM using standard thin film lithography techniques. We measure its properties as a microwave photon counter using a qubit as an in-situ calibrated source of photons. We measure a JPM quantum efficiency at the few percent level. We then use the JPM to perform readout of a transmon qubit in both the dispersive and bright regimes. We observe raw measurement fidelities of 35% and 62% respectively. We discuss how the JPM and measurement protocol could be further optimized to achieve fidelities in excess of 90%.

  7. Superconducting qubits with semiconductor nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Petersson, K. D.; Larsen, T. W.; Kuemmeth, F.; Jespersen, T. S.; Krogstrup, P.; Nygård, J.; Marcus, C. M.

    2015-03-01

    Superconducting transmon qubits are a promising basis for a scalable quantum information processor. The recent development of semiconducting InAs nanowires with in situ molecular beam epitaxy-grown Al contacts presents new possibilities for building hybrid superconductor/semiconductor devices using precise bottom up fabrication techniques. Here, we take advantage of these high quality materials to develop superconducting qubits with superconductor-normal-superconductor Josephson junctions (JJs) where the normal element is an InAs semiconductor nanowire. We have fabricated transmon qubits in which the conventional Al-Al2O3-Al JJs are replaced by a single gate-tunable nanowire JJ. Using spectroscopy to probe the qubit we observe fluctuations in its level splitting with gate voltage that are consistent with universal conductance fluctuations in the nanowire's normal state conductance. Our gate-tunable nanowire transmons may enable new means of control for large scale qubit architectures and hybrid topological quantum computing schemes. Research supported by Microsoft Station Q, Danish National Research Foundation, Villum Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation and the European Commission.

  8. Josephson Phase Qubit with a Distributed Reactance

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    Przybysz, Anthony; Ferguson, David; Naaman, Ofer; Strand, Joel; Medford, James; Pesetski, Aaron

    2014-03-01

    We present our characterization of a novel phase qubit design in which the capacitance across the Josephson junction and the inductance of the SQUID are provided by a microstrip resonator instead of lumped circuit elements. The spectroscopic data from this device clearly shows a behavior with respect to applied flux that cannot be accurately described by a simple SQUID model. We present measurements of the devices coherence times and anharmonicity, and compare the spectrum to a theoretical model that treats the phase drop across the length of the resonator as a continuous field.

  9. Isolation of a Josephson qubit from the electromagnetic environment

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    Shnyrkov, V. I.; Korolev, A. M.; Turutanov, O. G.; Shulga, V. M.; Lyakhno, V. Yu.; Serebrovsky, V. V.

    2015-11-01

    We consider two aspects of isolation of a Josephson flux (charge-flux) qubit from the external dissipative electromagnetic environment: (i) selecting an optimal topology of the superconducting qubit circuit and (ii) passive filtering of Planck radiation at the input of the qubit-state detection circuit. When reading the state of a macroscopic quantum object ("Schrödinger's cat") with the weak continuous measurement technique, the coupling to the environment, both direct and through the connected circuits, is the cause of the rapid loss of coherence of the superposition states. The coefficients of coupling to the external electromagnetic environment are discussed, as well as the problem of their minimization for flat (2D) and bulk (3D) designs of the qubit quantization loops. The analysis of the characteristics of low-temperature combined broadband filters designed to effectively reduce the electromagnetic noise in the control and measurement circuits is carried out. It is shown experimentally that a cryogenic Cu-CuO powder filter installed directly into the measuring circuit results in a significant suppression of the back action of a cooled HEMT amplifier to the qubit.

  10. Improved Josephson Qubits incorporating Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics

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    Gao, Yuanfeng; Maurer, Leon; Hover, David; Patel, Umeshkumar; McDermott, Robert

    2010-03-01

    Josephson junction phase quibts are a leading candidate for scalable quantum computing in the solid state. Their energy relaxation times are currently limited by microwave loss induced by a high density of two-level state (TLS) defects in the amorphous dielectric films of the circuit. It is expected that the integration of crystalline, defect-free dielectrics into the circuits will yield substantial improvements in qubit energy relaxation times. However, the epitaxial growth of a crystalline dielectric on a metal underlayer is a daunting challenge. Here we describe a novel approach in which the crystalline silicon nanomembrane of a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer is used to form the junction shunt capacitor. The SOI wafer is thermocompression bonded to the device wafer. The handle and buried oxide layers of the SOI are then etched away, leaving the crystalline silicon layer for subsequent processing. We discuss device fabrication issues and present microwave transport data on lumped-element superconducting resonators incorporating the crystalline silicon.

  11. Coherent Josephson phase qubit with a single crystal silicon capacitor

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    Patel, U.; Gao, Y.; Hover, D.; Ribeill, G. J.; Sendelbach, S.; McDermott, R.

    2013-01-01

    We have incorporated a single crystal silicon shunt capacitor into a Josephson phase qubit. The capacitor is derived from a commercial silicon-on-insulator wafer. Bosch reactive ion etching is used to create a suspended silicon membrane; subsequent metallization on both sides is used to form the capacitor. The superior dielectric loss of the crystalline silicon leads to a significant increase in qubit energy relaxation times. T1 times up to 1.6 μs were measured, more than a factor of two greater than those seen in amorphous phase qubits. The design is readily scalable to larger integrated circuits incorporating multiple qubits and resonators.

  12. Decoherence in Josephson qubits from dielectric loss.

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    Martinis, John M; Cooper, K B; McDermott, R; Steffen, Matthias; Ansmann, Markus; Osborn, K D; Cicak, K; Oh, Seongshik; Pappas, D P; Simmonds, R W; Yu, Clare C

    2005-11-18

    Dielectric loss from two-level states is shown to be a dominant decoherence source in superconducting quantum bits. Depending on the qubit design, dielectric loss from insulating materials or the tunnel junction can lead to short coherence times. We show that a variety of microwave and qubit measurements are well modeled by loss from resonant absorption of two-level defects. Our results demonstrate that this loss can be significantly reduced by using better dielectrics and fabricating junctions of small area . With a redesigned phase qubit employing low-loss dielectrics, the energy relaxation rate has been improved by a factor of 20, opening up the possibility of multiqubit gates and algorithms.

  13. Multi-Qubit Algorithms in Josephson Phase Qubits

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    2015-12-15

    Korotkov. Quantum theory of a bandpass Purcell filter for qubit readout, Physical Review A, (07 2015): 0. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.92.012325 Nelson Leung...Phillip C. Stancil, Emily J. Pritchett, Hao You, Andrei Galiautdinov. Universal quantum simulation with prethreshold superconducting qubits: Single...Vainsencher, J. Wenner, A. N. Cleland, John M. Martinis, J. Kelly. State preservation by repetitive error detection in a superconducting quantum circuit

  14. Adjustable Josephson Coupler for Transmon Qubit Measurement

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    Jeffrey, Evan

    2015-03-01

    Transmon qubits are measured via a dispersive interaction with a linear resonator. In order to be scalable this measurement must be fast, accurate, and not disrupt the state of the qubit. Speed is of particular importance in a scalable architecture with error correction as the measurement accounts for substantial portion of the cycle time and waiting time associated with measurement is a major source of decoherence. We have found that measurement speed and accuracy can be improved by driving the qubit beyond the critical photon number ncrit = Δ/4g by a factor of 2-3 without compromising the QND nature of the measurement. While it is expected that such strong drive will cause qubit state transitions, we find that as long as the readout is sufficiently fast, those transitions are negligible, however they grow rapidly with time, and are not described by a simple rate. Measuring in this regime requires parametric amplifiers with very high saturation power, on the order of -105 dBm in order to avoid losing SNR when increasing the power. It also requires a Purcell filter to allow fast ring-up and ring-down. Adjustable couplers can be used to further increase the measurement performance, by switching the dispersive interaction on and off much faster than the cavity ring-down time. This technique can also be used to investigate the dynamics of the qubit cavity interaction beyond the weak dispersive limit ncavity >=ncrit not easily accessible to standard dispersive measurement due to the cavity time constant.

  15. Low-Loss Materials for Josephson Qubits

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    2014-10-09

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  16. Multi-qubit measurements with a Josephson Photomultiplier

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    Howington, Caleb; Hutchings, M.; Ribeill, Guilhem; Pechenezhskiy, Ivan; Vavilov, Maxim G.; Wilhelm, Frank K.; McDermott, R.; Plourde, Blt

    The ability to measure multi-qubit parity is critical for the realization of a fault-tolerant quantum information processor. For a system of transmon qubits coupled to a superconducting cavity, a threshold photon detector can provide an efficient path towards the digital readout of qubit parity after the parity information is mapped onto the cavity photon occupation. We will describe progress towards the implementation of such a scheme for measuring the parity of two transmon qubits. On-chip flux bias lines allow us to tune the dispersive cavity shifts related to the state of the two qubits and an appropriately shaped pulse driven to the cavity results in a bright state for one parity but not the other. A Josephson Photomultiplier then serves as a phase-insensitive digital detector of the microwave photons that leak out of the cavity. Future improvements and various technical difficulties will be discussed. We acknowledge support from ARO under Contract W911NF-14-1-0080.

  17. Circuit theory for decoherence in superconducting charge qubits

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    Burkard, Guido

    2005-04-01

    Based on a network graph analysis of the underlying circuit, a quantum theory of arbitrary superconducting charge qubits is derived. Describing the dissipative elements of the circuit with a Caldeira-Leggett model, we calculate the decoherence and leakage rates of a charge qubit. The analysis includes decoherence due to a dissipative circuit element such as a voltage source or the quasiparticle resistances of the Josephson junctions in the circuit. The theory presented here is dual to the quantum circuit theory for superconducting flux qubits. In contrast to spin-boson models, the full Hilbert space structure of the qubit and its coupling to the dissipative environment are taken into account. Moreover, both self- and mutual inductances of the circuit are fully included.

  18. Violation of Bell's inequality in Josephson phase qubits.

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    Ansmann, Markus; Wang, H; Bialczak, Radoslaw C; Hofheinz, Max; Lucero, Erik; Neeley, M; O'Connell, A D; Sank, D; Weides, M; Wenner, J; Cleland, A N; Martinis, John M

    2009-09-24

    The measurement process plays an awkward role in quantum mechanics, because measurement forces a system to 'choose' between possible outcomes in a fundamentally unpredictable manner. Therefore, hidden classical processes have been considered as possibly predetermining measurement outcomes while preserving their statistical distributions. However, a quantitative measure that can distinguish classically determined correlations from stronger quantum correlations exists in the form of the Bell inequalities, measurements of which provide strong experimental evidence that quantum mechanics provides a complete description. Here we demonstrate the violation of a Bell inequality in a solid-state system. We use a pair of Josephson phase qubits acting as spin-1/2 particles, and show that the qubits can be entangled and measured so as to violate the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt (CHSH) version of the Bell inequality. We measure a Bell signal of 2.0732 +/- 0.0003, exceeding the maximum amplitude of 2 for a classical system by 244 standard deviations. In the experiment, we deterministically generate the entangled state, and measure both qubits in a single-shot manner, closing the detection loophole. Because the Bell inequality was designed to test for non-classical behaviour without assuming the applicability of quantum mechanics to the system in question, this experiment provides further strong evidence that a macroscopic electrical circuit is really a quantum system.

  19. Correlating quantum decoherence and material defects in a Josephson qubit

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    Hite, D. A.; McDermott, R.; Simmonds, R. W.; Cooper, K. B.; Steffen, M.; Nam, S.; Pappas, D. P.; Martinis, J. M.

    2004-03-01

    Superconducting tunnel junction devices are promising candidates for constructing quantum bits (qubits) for quantum computation because of their inherently low dissipation and ease of scalability by microfabrication. Recently, the Josephson phase qubit has been characterized spectroscopically as having spurious microwave resonators that couple to the qubit and act as a dominant source of decoherence. While the origin of these spurious resonances remains unknown, experimental evidence points to the material system of the tunnel barrier. Here, we focus on our materials research aimed at elucidating and eliminating these spurious resonators. In particular, we have studied the use of high quality Al films epitaxially grown on Si(111) as the base electrode of the tunnel junction. During each step in the Al/AlOx/Al trilayer growth, we have investigated the structure in situ by AES, AED and LEED. While tunnel junctions fabricated with these epitaxial base electrodes prove to be of non-uniform oxide thickness and too thin, I-V characteristics have shown a lowering of subgap currents by a factor of two. Transport measurements will be correlated with morphological structure for a number of devices fabricated with various degrees of crystalline quality.

  20. Josephson Phase Qubit Circuit for the Evaluation of Advanced Tunnel Barrier Materials

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    2008-11-21

    gradiometer loop. An overlapped gradiometer three- junction direct current superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) with 64 pH mutual...qubit circuit. (a) Micrograph of an individual qubit circuit consisting of a Josephson junction in a gradiometer loop, state readout measurement

  1. An optimization method for the calculation of Hamiltonian matrix elements for Josephson flux qubits

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    Kuznetsov, A. V.; Klenov, N. V.

    2017-05-01

    This work aims to describe the method of analytical calculation of an orthonormalized basis of states of the Josephson flux quantum bits (qubits) using a two-level approximation under the condition that the potential energy of the system is a combination of two potential wells separated by a tunnel barrier. For illustration, the calculation results in the case of the well-known three- and four-junction flux qubits, as well as promising silent qubits, are presented.

  2. Proposal for Coherent Coupling of Majorana Zero Modes and Superconducting Qubits Using the 4π Josephson Effect

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    Pekker, David; Hou, Chang-Yu; Manucharyan, Vladimir E.; Demler, Eugene

    2013-09-01

    We propose to use an ancilla fluxonium qubit to interact with a Majorana qubit hosted by a topological one-dimensional wire. The coupling is obtained using the Majorana qubit-controlled 4π Josephson effect to flux bias the fluxonium qubit. We demonstrate how this coupling can be used to sensitively identify topological superconductivity, to measure the state of the Majorana qubit, to construct 2-qubit operations, and to implement quantum memories with topological protection.

  3. Coherence preservation of a qubit inflicted by classical non-Gaussian charge noise

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    Ramon, Guy

    2015-03-01

    The efficiency of decoupling pulse sequences in removing noise due to several charge fluctuators is studied. Both numerical simulations and analytics are used to explore the qubit's dephasing and dissipative dynamics. Special emphasis is placed on qubit dynamics at the optimal point, where it is found that fluctuators that are strongly coupled to the qubit induce a non-Gaussian noise. Exact analytical results for this limit reveal a nontrivial scaling of the noise with the number of fluctuators. Furthermore, a crossover between distinct qubit dynamics is demonstrated by increasing the number of control pulses and/or varying the qubit's working position. While we consider as a test case exchange-coupled spin qubits in gate-defined GaAs double dots, our results are relevant to other systems such as superconducting Josephson qubits, and Si/SiGe quantum dots. Supported by NSF Grant DMR-1207298.

  4. Observation of high coherence in Josephson junction qubits measured in a three-dimensional circuit QED architecture.

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    Paik, Hanhee; Schuster, D I; Bishop, Lev S; Kirchmair, G; Catelani, G; Sears, A P; Johnson, B R; Reagor, M J; Frunzio, L; Glazman, L I; Girvin, S M; Devoret, M H; Schoelkopf, R J

    2011-12-09

    Superconducting quantum circuits based on Josephson junctions have made rapid progress in demonstrating quantum behavior and scalability. However, the future prospects ultimately depend upon the intrinsic coherence of Josephson junctions, and whether superconducting qubits can be adequately isolated from their environment. We introduce a new architecture for superconducting quantum circuits employing a three-dimensional resonator that suppresses qubit decoherence while maintaining sufficient coupling to the control signal. With the new architecture, we demonstrate that Josephson junction qubits are highly coherent, with T2 ∼ 10 to 20  μs without the use of spin echo, and highly stable, showing no evidence for 1/f critical current noise. These results suggest that the overall quality of Josephson junctions in these qubits will allow error rates of a few 10(-4), approaching the error correction threshold.

  5. Integrated Josephson Parametric Amplifier Readout for Solid State Qubits

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    2014-10-13

    Slichter, S. J. Weber, K. W. Murch, R. Naik, A. N. Korotkov, I. Siddiqi. Stabilizing Rabi oscillations in a superconducting qubit using quantum...Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany (July 2012). Stabilizing Rabi oscillations in a superconducting qubit using quantum feedback, R. Vijay et al., APS...achievements include the implementation of measurement based feedback to stabilize Rabi oscillations (R. Vijay et al., Nature 2012) and the

  6. Quantum state engineering with flux-biased Josephson phase qubits by rapid adiabatic passages

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    Nie, W.; Huang, J. S.; Shi, X.; Wei, L. F.

    2010-09-01

    In this article, the scheme of quantum computing based on the Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passage (SCRAP) technique [L. F. Wei, J. R. Johansson, L. X. Cen, S. Ashhab, and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.100.113601 100, 113601 (2008)] is extensively applied to implement quantum state manipulations in flux-biased Josephson phase qubits. The broken-parity symmetries of bound states in flux-biased Josephson junctions are utilized to conveniently generate the desirable Stark shifts. Then, assisted by various transition pulses, universal quantum logic gates as well as arbitrary quantum state preparations can be implemented. Compared with the usual π-pulse operations widely used in experiments, the adiabatic population passages proposed here are insensitive to the details of the applied pulses and thus the desirable population transfers can be satisfyingly implemented. The experimental feasibility of the proposal is also discussed.

  7. A decoherence-free subspace in a charge quadrupole qubit

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    Friesen, Mark; Ghosh, Joydip; Eriksson, M. A.; Coppersmith, S. N.

    2017-06-01

    Quantum computing promises significant speed-up for certain types of computational problems. However, robust implementations of semiconducting qubits must overcome the effects of charge noise that currently limit coherence during gate operations. Here we describe a scheme for protecting solid-state qubits from uniform electric field fluctuations by generalizing the concept of a decoherence-free subspace for spins, and we propose a specific physical implementation: a quadrupole charge qubit formed in a triple quantum dot. The unique design of the quadrupole qubit enables a particularly simple pulse sequence for suppressing the effects of noise during gate operations. Simulations yield gate fidelities 10-1,000 times better than traditional charge qubits, depending on the magnitude of the environmental noise. Our results suggest that any qubit scheme employing Coulomb interactions (for example, encoded spin qubits or two-qubit gates) could benefit from such a quadrupolar design.

  8. Low-frequency noise in Josephson junctions for superconducting qubits

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    Eroms, J.; van Schaarenburg, L. C.; Driessen, E. F. C.; Plantenberg, J. H.; Huizinga, C. M.; Schouten, R. N.; Verbruggen, A. H.; Harmans, C. J. P. M.; Mooij, J. E.

    2006-09-01

    The authors have studied low-frequency resistance fluctuations in shadow-evaporated Al /AlOx/Al tunnel junctions. Between 300 and 5K the spectral density follows a 1/f law. Below 5K, individual defects distort the 1/f shape of the spectrum. The spectral density decreases linearly with temperature between 150 and 1K and saturates below 0.8K. At 4.2K, it is about two orders of magnitude lower than expected from a recent survey [D. J. Van Harlingen et al., Phys. Rev. B 70, 064510 (2004)]. Due to saturation below 0.8K the estimated qubit dephasing times at 100mK are only about two times longer than calculated by Van Harlingen et al.

  9. Charge- and Flux-Insensitive Tunable Superconducting Qubit

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    Sete, Eyob A.; Reagor, Matthew J.; Didier, Nicolas; Rigetti, Chad T.

    2017-08-01

    Superconducting qubits with in situ tunable properties are important for constructing a quantum computer. Qubit tunability, however, often comes at the expense of increased noise sensitivity. Here, we propose a flux-tunable superconducting qubit that minimizes the dephasing due to magnetic flux noise by engineering controllable flux "sweet spots" at frequencies of interest. This is realized by using a SQUID with asymmetric Josephson junctions shunted by a superinductor formed from an array of junctions. Taking into account correlated global and local noises, it is possible to improve dephasing time by several orders of magnitude. The proposed qubit can be used to realize fast, high-fidelity two-qubit gates in large-scale quantum processors, a key ingredient for implementing fault-tolerant quantum computers.

  10. Single-shot Readout of a Superconducting Qubit using a Josephson Parametric Oscillator

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    Krantz, Philip; Bengtsson, Andreas; Simoen, Michael; Gustavsson, Simon; Shumeiko, Vitaly; Oliver, W. D.; Wilson, C. M.; Delsing, Per; Bylander, Jonas

    We propose and demonstrate a new read-out technique for a superconducting qubit by dispersively coupling it to a Josephson parametric oscillator. We employ a tunable quarter-wavelength superconducting resonator and modulate its resonant frequency at twice its value with an amplitude surpassing the threshold for parametric instability. We map the qubit states onto two distinct states of classical parametric oscillation: one oscillating state, with 185 +/- ∑ 15 photons in the resonator, and one with zero oscillation amplitude. This high contrast obviates a following quantum-limited amplifier. We demonstrate proof-of-principle, single-shot readout performance, and present an error budget indicating that this method can surpass the fidelity threshold required for quantum computing. Support came from the Wallenberg foundation, the European Research Council (ERC), the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA), the European project ScaleQIT, STINT, and Marie Curie CIG.

  11. Single-shot read-out of a superconducting qubit using a Josephson parametric oscillator

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    Krantz, Philip; Bengtsson, Andreas; Simoen, Michaël; Gustavsson, Simon; Shumeiko, Vitaly; Oliver, W. D.; Wilson, C. M.; Delsing, Per; Bylander, Jonas

    2016-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate a read-out technique for a superconducting qubit by dispersively coupling it with a Josephson parametric oscillator. We employ a tunable quarter wavelength superconducting resonator and modulate its resonant frequency at twice its value with an amplitude surpassing the threshold for parametric instability. We map the qubit states onto two distinct states of classical parametric oscillation: one oscillating state, with 185±15 photons in the resonator, and one with zero oscillation amplitude. This high contrast obviates a following quantum-limited amplifier. We demonstrate proof-of-principle, single-shot read-out performance, and present an error budget indicating that this method can surpass the fidelity threshold required for quantum computing. PMID:27156732

  12. Single-shot read-out of a superconducting qubit using a Josephson parametric oscillator

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    Krantz, Philip; Bengtsson, Andreas; Simoen, Michaël; Gustavsson, Simon; Shumeiko, Vitaly; Oliver, W. D.; Wilson, C. M.; Delsing, Per; Bylander, Jonas

    2016-05-01

    We propose and demonstrate a read-out technique for a superconducting qubit by dispersively coupling it with a Josephson parametric oscillator. We employ a tunable quarter wavelength superconducting resonator and modulate its resonant frequency at twice its value with an amplitude surpassing the threshold for parametric instability. We map the qubit states onto two distinct states of classical parametric oscillation: one oscillating state, with 185+/-15 photons in the resonator, and one with zero oscillation amplitude. This high contrast obviates a following quantum-limited amplifier. We demonstrate proof-of-principle, single-shot read-out performance, and present an error budget indicating that this method can surpass the fidelity threshold required for quantum computing.

  13. Quantum wire as a charge-qubit detector

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    Kwapiński, Tomasz; Taranko, Ryszard

    2012-11-01

    We present a proposal for a qubit charge meter (detector) based on a linear wire of quantum dots placed between two electron reservoirs. A qubit formed by an excess electron in a double quantum dot is coupled electrostatically with a single wire site and the dynamics of this system is studied using the equation of motion for appropriate correlation functions and the evolution operator method. For the qubit-wire system, depending on the qubit position on the wire the readout current oscillates over a long time or the current oscillations decrease very rapidly. This effect cannot be explained in terms of different charges of the wire sites (the same occupancies of all sites are considered). We have found that the qubit's decoherence strongly depends on the structure of the local density of states of the site which is coupled with the qubit. Additionally, the period of the readout current oscillations changes with the wire-qubit electrostatic coupling.

  14. Vortex qubit based on an annular Josephson junction containing a microshort

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    Price, A. N.; Kemp, A.; Gulevich, D. R.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Ustinov, A. V.

    2010-01-01

    We report theoretical and experimental work on the development of a vortex qubit based on a microshort in an annular Josephson junction. The microshort creates a potential barrier for the vortex, which produces a double-well potential under the application of an in-plane magnetic field; the field strength tunes the barrier height. A one-dimensional model for this system is presented, from which we calculate the vortex-depinning current and attempt frequency as well as the interwell coupling. Implementation of an effective microshort is achieved via a section of insulating barrier that is locally wider in the junction plane. Using a junction with this geometry we demonstrate classical state preparation and readout. The vortex is prepared in a given potential well by sending a series of “shaker” bias-current pulses through the junction. Readout is accomplished by measuring the vortex-depinning current.

  15. Characterization and reduction of capacitive loss induced by sub-micron Josephson junction fabrication in superconducting qubits

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    Dunsworth, A.; Megrant, A.; Quintana, C.; Chen, Zijun; Barends, R.; Burkett, B.; Foxen, B.; Chen, Yu; Chiaro, B.; Fowler, A.; Graff, R.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Lucero, E.; Mutus, J. Y.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T. C.; Martinis, John M.

    2017-07-01

    Josephson junctions form the essential non-linearity for almost all superconducting qubits. The junction is formed when two superconducting electrodes come within ˜1 nm of each other. Although the capacitance of these electrodes is a small fraction of the total qubit capacitance, the nearby electric fields are more concentrated in dielectric surfaces and can contribute substantially to the total dissipation. We have developed a technique to experimentally investigate the effect of these electrodes on the quality of superconducting devices. We use λ/4 coplanar waveguide resonators to emulate lumped qubit capacitors. We add a variable number of these electrodes to the capacitive end of these resonators and measure how the additional loss scales with the number of electrodes. We then reduce this loss with fabrication techniques that limit the amount of lossy dielectrics. We then use these techniques for the fabrication of Xmon qubits on a silicon substrate to improve their energy relaxation times by a factor of 5.

  16. Effects of intrinsic decoherence on various correlations and quantum dense coding in a two superconducting charge qubit system

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    Wang, Fei; Maimaitiyiming-Tusun; Parouke-Paerhati; Ahmad-Abliz

    2015-09-01

    The influence of intrinsic decoherence on various correlations and dense coding in a model which consists of two identical superconducting charge qubits coupled by a fixed capacitor is investigated. The results show that, despite the intrinsic decoherence, the correlations as well as the dense coding channel capacity can be effectively increased via the combination of system parameters, i.e., the mutual coupling energy between the two charge qubits is larger than the Josephson energy of the qubit. The bigger the difference between them is, the better the effect is. Project supported by the Project to Develop Outstanding Young Scientific Talents of China (Grant No. 2013711019), the Natural Science Foundation of Xinjiang Province, China (Grant No. 2012211A052), the Foundation for Key Program of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 212193), and the Innovative Foundation for Graduate Students Granted by the Key Subjects of Theoretical Physics of Xinjiang Province, China (Grant No. LLWLL201301).

  17. Conditional rotation of two strongly coupled semiconductor charge qubits

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    Li, Hai-Ou; Cao, Gang; Yu, Guo-Dong; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Jiang, Hong-Wen; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2015-01-01

    Universal multiple-qubit gates can be implemented by a set of universal single-qubit gates and any one kind of entangling two-qubit gate, such as a controlled-NOT gate. For semiconductor quantum dot qubits, two-qubit gate operations have so far only been demonstrated in individual electron spin-based quantum dot systems. Here we demonstrate the conditional rotation of two capacitively coupled charge qubits, each consisting of an electron confined in a GaAs/AlGaAs double quantum dot. Owing to the strong inter-qubit coupling strength, gate operations with a clock speed up to 6 GHz have been realized. A truth table measurement for controlled-NOT operation shows comparable fidelities to that of spin-based two-qubit gates, although phase coherence is not explicitly measured. Our results suggest that semiconductor charge qubits have a considerable potential for scalable quantum computing and may stimulate the use of long-range Coulomb interaction for coherent quantum control in other devices. PMID:26184756

  18. Microwave Spectroscopy of a Carbon Nanotube Charge Qubit

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    Penfold-Fitch, Z. V.; Sfigakis, F.; Buitelaar, M. R.

    2017-05-01

    Carbon nanotube quantum dots allow accurate control of electron charge, spin, and valley degrees of freedom in a material which is atomically perfect and can be grown isotopically pure. These properties underlie the unique potential of carbon nanotubes for quantum information processing, but developing nanotube charge, spin, or spin-valley qubits requires efficient readout techniques as well as understanding and extending quantum coherence in these devices. Here, we report on microwave spectroscopy of a carbon nanotube charge qubit in which quantum information is encoded in the spatial position of an electron. We combine radio-frequency reflectometry measurements of the quantum capacitance of the device with microwave manipulation to drive transitions between the qubit states. This approach simplifies charge-state readout and allows us to operate the device at an optimal point where the qubit is first-order insensitive to charge noise. From these measurements, we are able to quantify the degree of charge noise experienced by the qubit and obtain an inhomogeneous charge coherence of 5 ns. We use a chopped microwave signal whose duty-cycle period is varied to measure the decay of the qubit states, yielding a charge relaxation time of 48 ns.

  19. Physical qubits from charged particles: Infrared divergences in quantum information

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    Leon, Juan; Martin-Martinez, Eduardo

    2009-05-15

    We consider soft-photon effects (ir structure of QED) on the construction of physical qubits. Soft photons appear when we build charged qubits from the asymptotic states of QED. This construction is necessary in order to include the effect of soft photons on entanglement measures. The nonexistence of free charged particles (due to the long range of QED interactions) leads us to question the sense of the very concept of free charged qubit. In this work, using the ''dressing'' formalism, we build physical charged qubits from dressed fields which have the correct asymptotic behavior, are gauge invariant, have propagators with a particle pole structure, and are free from infrared divergences. Finally, we discuss the impact of the soft corrections on the entanglement measures.

  20. Josephson parametric phase-locked oscillator and its application to dispersive readout of superconducting qubits.

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    Lin, Z R; Inomata, K; Koshino, K; Oliver, W D; Nakamura, Y; Tsai, J S; Yamamoto, T

    2014-07-25

    The parametric phase-locked oscillator (PPLO) is a class of frequency-conversion device, originally based on a nonlinear element such as a ferrite ring, that served as a fundamental logic element for digital computers more than 50 years ago. Although it has long since been overtaken by the transistor, there have been numerous efforts more recently to realize PPLOs in different physical systems such as optical photons, trapped atoms, and electromechanical resonators. This renewed interest is based not only on the fundamental physics of nonlinear systems, but also on the realization of new, high-performance computing devices with unprecedented capabilities. Here we realize a PPLO with Josephson-junction circuitry and operate it as a sensitive phase detector. Using a PPLO, we demonstrate the demodulation of a weak binary phase-shift keying microwave signal of the order of a femtowatt. We apply PPLO to dispersive readout of a superconducting qubit, and achieved high-fidelity, single-shot and non-destructive readout with Rabi-oscillation contrast exceeding 90%.

  1. Operations of Majorana Bound States in Charge-qubit Arrays

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    Mao, Ting; Wang, Zidan

    2014-03-01

    The experimental pursuit of Majorana bound state (MBS) in one-dimensional (1D) solid state systems has been brought into the limelight since the proposal of Kitaev's toy lattice model. Here we use the inductively coupled charge-qubit array to realize a tunable Kitaev model. With the advantages of the superconducting-qubit circuit, we can manipulate the parameters of Kitaev model and change the symmetry class to which the model Hamiltonian belongs from the class D to the class BDI. We also discuss a simple class DIII model constructed by coupling two copies of the class D charge-qubit array. Using the time reversal symmetry and a residual U(1) spin rotation symmetry of the model, we explore the possibility of implementing universal single topological qubit operations.

  2. Quantum and tunneling capacitance in charge and spin qubits

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    Mizuta, R.; Otxoa, R. M.; Betz, A. C.; Gonzalez-Zalba, M. F.

    2017-01-01

    We present a theoretical analysis of the capacitance of a double quantum dot in the charge and spin qubit configurations probed at high frequencies. We find that, in general, the total capacitance of the system consists of two state-dependent terms: the quantum capacitance arising from adiabatic charge motion and the tunneling capacitance that appears when repopulation occurs at a rate comparable or faster than the probing frequency. The analysis of the capacitance lineshape as a function of externally controllable variables offers a way to characterize the qubits' charge and spin state as well as relevant system parameters such as charge and spin relaxation rates, tunnel coupling, electron temperature, and electron g factor. Overall, our analysis provides a formalism to understand dispersive qubit-resonator interactions which can be applied to high-sensitivity and noninvasive quantum-state readout.

  3. Josephson Junction Qubits with Symmetrized Couplings to a Resonant LC Bus

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    2005-05-01

    single mode LC resonant loop2,3,4,. Magnetic flux from the loop threading a qubit will produce a loop-qubit interaction via the Bohm Aharonov effect...Magnetic flux from the loop threading a qubit will produce a loop-qubit interaction via the Bohm Aharonov effect. At their preferred operating point

  4. Environment-protected solid-state-based distributed charge qubit

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    Tayebi, Amin; Hoatson, Tanya Nicole; Wang, Joie; Zelevinsky, Vladimir

    2016-12-01

    A solid-state-based charge qubit is presented. The system consists of a one-dimensional wire with a pair of qubits embedded at its center. It is shown that the system supports collective states localized in the left and right sides of the wire and therefore, as a whole, performs as a single qubit. The couplings between the ground and excited states of the two central qubits are inversely proportional making them fully asynchronized and allowing for coherent manipulation and gate operations. Initialization and measurement devices, such as leads and charge detectors, connected to the edges of the wire are modeled by a continuum of energy states. The coupling to the continuum is discussed using the effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. At weak continuum coupling, all internal states uniformly acquire small decay widths. This changes dramatically as the coupling strength increases: the width distribution undergoes a sharp restructuring and is no longer uniformly divided among the eigenstates. Two broad resonances localized at the ends of the wire are formed. These superradiant states (analogous to Dicke states in quantum optics) effectively protect the remaining internal states from decaying into the continuum and hence increase the lifetime of the qubit. Environmental noise is introduced by considering random Gaussian fluctuations of electronic energies. The interplay between decoherence and superradiance is studied by solving the stochastic Liouville equation. In addition to increasing the lifetime, the emergence of the superradiant states increases the qubit coherence.

  5. Composite multi-qubit gates dynamically corrected against charge noise and magnetic field noise for singlet-triplet qubits

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    Kestner, Jason; Barnes, Edwin; Wang, Xin; Bishop, Lev; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2013-03-01

    We use previously described single-qubit SUPCODE pulses on both intra-qubit and inter-qubit exchange couplings, integrated with existing strategies such as BB1, to theoretically construct a CNOT gate that is robust against both charge noise and magnetic field gradient fluctuations. We show how this allows scalable, high-fidelity implementation of arbitrary multi-qubit operations using singlet-triplet spin qubits in the presence of experimentally realistic noise. This work is supported by LPS-NSA-CMTC, IARPA-MQCO and CNAM.

  6. Amplitude and phase effects in Josephson qubits driven by a biharmonic electromagnetic field

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    Satanin, A. M.; Denisenko, M. V.; Gelman, A. I.; Nori, Franco

    2014-09-01

    We investigate the amplitude and phase effects of qubit dynamics and excited-state population under the influence of a biharmonic control field. It is demonstrated that the biharmonic driving field can have a significant effect on the behavior of quasienergy level crossing as well as on multiphoton transitions. Also, the interference pattern for the populations of qubit excited states is sensitive to the signal parameters. We discuss the possibility of using these effects for manipulating qubit states and calibrating nanosecond pulses.

  7. Protected Flux Pairing Qubit

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    Bell, Matthew; Zhang, Wenyuan; Ioffe, Lev; Gershenson, Michael

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the coherent flux tunneling in a qubit containing two submicron Josephson junctions shunted by a superinductor (a dissipationless inductor with an impedance much greater than the resistance quantum). The two low energy quantum states of this device, 0 and 1, are represented by even and odd number of fluxes in the loop, respectively. This device is dual to the charge pairing Josephson rhombi qubit. The spectrum of the device, studied by microwave spectroscopy, reflects the interference between coherent quantum phase slips in the two junctions (the Aharonov-Casher effect). The time domain measurements demonstrate the suppression of the qubit's energy relaxation in the protected regime, which illustrates the potential of this flux pairing device as a protected quantum circuit. Templeton Foundation, NSF, and ARO.

  8. Protected Josephson Rhombus Chains

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    Bell, Matthew T.; Paramanandam, Joshua; Ioffe, Lev B.; Gershenson, Michael E.

    2014-04-01

    We have studied the low-energy excitations in a minimalistic protected Josephson circuit which contains two basic elements (rhombi) characterized by the π periodicity of the Josephson energy. Novel design of these elements, which reduces their sensitivity to the offset charge fluctuations, has been employed. We have observed that the lifetime T1 of the first excited state of this quantum circuit in the protected regime is increased up to 70 μs, a factor of ˜100 longer than that in the unprotected state. The quality factor ω01T1 of this qubit exceeds 106. Our results are in agreement with theoretical expectations; they demonstrate the feasibility of symmetry protection in the rhombus-based qubits fabricated with existing technology.

  9. RF Control and Measurement of Superconducting Qubits

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    2015-02-14

    Manucharyan, J. Koch, L. I. Glazman, M. H. Devoret. Fluxonium: Single Cooper-Pair Circuit Free of Charge Offsets, Science, (10 2009): 0. doi...10.1126/science.1175552 S M Girvin, M H Devoret, R J Schoelkopf. Circuit QED and engineering charge-based superconducting qubits, Physica Scripta, (12...Coherence in Josephson Junction Qubits Measured in a Three-Dimensional Circuit QED Architecture, Physical Review Letters, (12 2011): 0. doi: 10.1103

  10. Energy Decay in Superconducting Josephson-Junction Qubits from Nonequilibrium Quasiparticle Excitations

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    2009-08-26

    Army Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 15. SUBJECT TERMS superconducting qubits, quasiparticles, coherence John ...ARO 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER John Martinis 805-893-3910 3. DATES...Junction Qubits from Nonequilibrium Quasiparticle Excitations John M. Martinis,1 M. Ansmann,1 and J. Aumentado2 1Department of Physics, University of

  11. Single-Shot Readout of a Superconducting Qubit using a Josephson Parametric Oscillator

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    2016-01-11

    coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP RIE) in NF3-gas. The Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions forming the SQUIDs, used to terminate the resonator and for...planetary aperture mounted inside the evaporator load-lock, effectively shielding one half of the sample at the time. Finally, a post-deposition ashing

  12. Electron Heating and Quasiparticle Tunnelling in Superconducting Charge Qubits

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    Shaw, M. D.; Bueno, J.; Delsing, P.; Echternach, P. M.

    2008-01-01

    We have directly measured non-equilibrium quasiparticle tunnelling in the time domain as a function of temperature and RF carrier power for a pair of charge qubits based on the single Cooper-pair box, where the readout is performed with a multiplexed quantum capacitance technique. We have extracted an effective electron temperature for each applied RF power, using the data taken at the lowest power as a reference curve. This data has been fit to a standard T? electron heating model, with a reasonable correspondence with established material parameters.

  13. Charge noise mitigation in triple-dot encoded spin qubits

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    Pritchett, Emily

    The immediate scalability of electrons confined to semiconductor quantum dots makes them one of the most attractive platforms for quantum information processing; however, 1/f charge noise associated with electrical confinement has been a leading source of noise in quantum dot systems. Recently, there has been a surge of experimental and theoretical work aimed at charge noise mitigation in quantum dot systems implementing AC- or DC- control of triple dots at ''sweet spots''. In this talk, we compare the symmetric operation point (SOP) DC control technique implemented in Reed, et al. [arXiv:1508.01223] to the resonant exchange (RX) AC control technique [Medford, et al., PRL 111, 050501 (2013), Taylor, et al., PRL 111, 050502 (2013), Russ, et al., Phys. Rev. B 91, 235411 (2015)] . Numerical results suggest that both DC and AC triple-dot control can offer a comparably substantial reduction in charge noise however, the validity of the rotating wave approximation forces a trade-off between speed and accuracy for RX qubits, while the performance of SOP qubits actually improves at shorter gate times.

  14. Microwave-driven coherent operation of a semiconductor quantum dot charge qubit

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    Kim, Dohun; Ward, D. R.; Simmons, C. B.; Gamble, John King; Blume-Kohout, Robin; Nielsen, Erik; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.; Eriksson, M. A.

    2015-02-16

    An intuitive realization of a qubit is an electron charge at two well-defined positions of a double quantum dot. The qubit is simple and has the potential for high-speed operation because of its strong coupling to electric fields. But, charge noise also couples strongly to this qubit, resulting in rapid dephasing at all but one special operating point called the ‘sweet spot’. In previous studies d.c. voltage pulses have been used to manipulate semiconductor charge qubits but did not achieve high-fidelity control, because d.c. gating requires excursions away from the sweet spot. Here, by using resonant a.c. microwave driving we achieve fast (greater than gigahertz) and universal single qubit rotations of a semiconductor charge qubit. The Z-axis rotations of the qubit are well protected at the sweet spot, and we demonstrate the same protection for rotations about arbitrary axes in the X–Y plane of the qubit Bloch sphere. We characterize the qubit operation using two tomographic approaches: standard process tomography and gate set tomography. Moreover, both methods consistently yield process fidelities greater than 86% with respect to a universal set of unitary single-qubit operations.

  15. Microwave-driven coherent operation of a semiconductor quantum dot charge qubit

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    Kim, Dohun; Ward, D. R.; Simmons, C. B.; ...

    2015-02-16

    An intuitive realization of a qubit is an electron charge at two well-defined positions of a double quantum dot. The qubit is simple and has the potential for high-speed operation because of its strong coupling to electric fields. But, charge noise also couples strongly to this qubit, resulting in rapid dephasing at all but one special operating point called the ‘sweet spot’. In previous studies d.c. voltage pulses have been used to manipulate semiconductor charge qubits but did not achieve high-fidelity control, because d.c. gating requires excursions away from the sweet spot. Here, by using resonant a.c. microwave driving wemore » achieve fast (greater than gigahertz) and universal single qubit rotations of a semiconductor charge qubit. The Z-axis rotations of the qubit are well protected at the sweet spot, and we demonstrate the same protection for rotations about arbitrary axes in the X–Y plane of the qubit Bloch sphere. We characterize the qubit operation using two tomographic approaches: standard process tomography and gate set tomography. Moreover, both methods consistently yield process fidelities greater than 86% with respect to a universal set of unitary single-qubit operations.« less

  16. Microwave-driven coherent operation of a semiconductor quantum dot charge qubit.

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    Kim, Dohun; Ward, D R; Simmons, C B; Gamble, John King; Blume-Kohout, Robin; Nielsen, Erik; Savage, D E; Lagally, M G; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S N; Eriksson, M A

    2015-03-01

    An intuitive realization of a qubit is an electron charge at two well-defined positions of a double quantum dot. This qubit is simple and has the potential for high-speed operation because of its strong coupling to electric fields. However, charge noise also couples strongly to this qubit, resulting in rapid dephasing at all but one special operating point called the 'sweet spot'. In previous studies d.c. voltage pulses have been used to manipulate semiconductor charge qubits but did not achieve high-fidelity control, because d.c. gating requires excursions away from the sweet spot. Here, by using resonant a.c. microwave driving we achieve fast (greater than gigahertz) and universal single qubit rotations of a semiconductor charge qubit. The Z-axis rotations of the qubit are well protected at the sweet spot, and we demonstrate the same protection for rotations about arbitrary axes in the X-Y plane of the qubit Bloch sphere. We characterize the qubit operation using two tomographic approaches: standard process tomography and gate set tomography. Both methods consistently yield process fidelities greater than 86% with respect to a universal set of unitary single-qubit operations.

  17. Macroscopic Greenberg-Horne-Zeilinger state and W state in charge qubits based on Coulomb blockade

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    Liang, L. M.; Wang, X. B.

    2010-03-01

    Based on Coulomb blockade, we propose a scheme to generate two types of three-qubit entanglement, known as Greenberg-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) state and W state, in a macroscopic quantum system. The qubit is encoded in the charge qubit in the superconducting system, and the scheme can be generalized to generate the GHZ state and W state in multi-partite charge qubits. The GHZ state and W state are the eigenstates of the respective idle Hamiltonian, so they have the long lifetime.

  18. Charge noise and dynamical decoupling in singlet-triplet spin qubits

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    Ramon, Guy

    2013-03-01

    We consider theoretically the effects of an ensemble of fluctuating charges on the coherence of a singlet-triplet qubit in gate-defined double quantum dots. We predict a crossover behavior of the system between non-Gaussian noise and 1/f spectrum, going from mesoscopic single-qubit devices to multi-qubit larger devices. With increasing size of the fluctuator ensemble we find a narrowed distribution of qubit dephasing times that result from random sets of fluctuators. At the same time the noise becomes Markovian with a characteristic Gaussian spectrum and it is dominated by a large collection of weakly-coupled fluctuators. The efficiency of dynamical decoupling pulse sequences in restoring coherence is examined as a function of the qubit's working position and the fluctuator ensemble size. Analytical solutions for qubit dephasing in the limits of weak and strong qubit-fluctuator coupling shed light on the distinct dynamics at different parameter regimes. Supported by Research Corporation

  19. Design and operation of novel Josephson parametric amplifiers for QND supeconducting qubit readout

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-03-01

    Parametric amplifiers based on Josephson junctions are essential tools in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D Circuit QED experiments is made challenging by the need to transition between waveguide, coax and printed circuit boards. Moreover, these amplifiers need auxiliary microwave components, like hybrids and directional couplers, that are sources of spurious losses and/or difficult-to-predict impedance mismatch that can limit measurement efficiency. We develop a new architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device that demonstrates 20 dB of gain with 17 MHz BW at 11.4 GHz, on par with conventional devices. Work supported by: IARPA, ARO, and NSF.

  20. Collective modes in the fluxonium qubit

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    Catelani, Gianluigi; Viola, Giovanni

    2015-03-01

    In the fluxonium qubit, an array comprising a large number of identical Josephson junctions form a so-called superinductance. The superinductance is connected to a junction - the phase slip element - with a smaller Josephson energy and a different charging energy. We investigate the effects of unavoidable capacitive couplings to ground as well as non-linearities of the superinductance: they both introduce interactions between the low-energy qubit degree of freedom and higher-energy collective modes of the circuit. We also consider the role of the additional capacitances that are used to couple the qubit to a resonator for driving and read-out. We show that the interactions with the collective modes can affect not only the spectrum of the qubit but also its coherence. Work supported in part by the EU under REA Grant Agreement No. CIG-618258.

  1. Charge Noise Spectroscopy Using Coherent Exchange Oscillations in a Singlet-Triplet Qubit

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    Dial, O. E.; Shulman, M. D.; Harvey, S. P.; Bluhm, H.; Umansky, V.; Yacoby, A.

    2013-04-01

    Two level systems that can be reliably controlled and measured hold promise as qubits both for metrology and for quantum information science. Since a fluctuating environment limits the performance of qubits in both capacities, understanding environmental coupling and dynamics is key to improving qubit performance. We show measurements of the level splitting and dephasing due to the voltage noise of a GaAs singlet-triplet qubit during exchange oscillations. Unexpectedly, the voltage fluctuations are non-Markovian even at high frequencies and exhibit a strong temperature dependence. This finding has impacts beyond singlet-triplet qubits since nearly all solid state qubits suffer from some kind of charge noise. The magnitude of the fluctuations allows the qubit to be used as a charge sensor with a sensitivity of 2×10-8e/Hz, 2 orders of magnitude better than a quantum-limited rf single electron transistor. Based on these measurements, we provide recommendations for improving qubit coherence, allowing for higher fidelity operations and improved charge sensitivity.

  2. Quantum information transfer between topological and conventional charge qubits

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    Jun, Li; Yan, Zou

    2016-02-01

    We propose a scheme to realize coherent quantum information transfer between topological and conventional charge qubits. We first consider a hybrid system where a quantum dot (QD) is tunnel-coupled to a semiconductor Majorana-hosted nanowire (MNW) via using gated control as a switch, the information encoded in the superposition state of electron empty and occupied state can be transferred to each other through choosing the proper interaction time to make measurements. Then we consider another system including a double QDs and a pair of parallel MNWs, it is shown that the entanglement information transfer can be realized between the two kinds of systems. We also realize long distance quantum information transfer between two quantum dots separated by an MNW, by making use of the nonlocal fermionic level formed with the pared Majorana feimions (MFs) emerging at the two ends of the MNW. Furthermore, we analyze the teleportationlike electron transfer phenomenon predicted by Tewari et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 027001 (2008)] in our considered system. Interestingly, we find that this phenomenon exactly corresponds to the case that the information encoded in one QD just returns back to its original place during the dynamical evolution of the combined system from the perspective of quantum state transfer. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11304031).

  3. State-conditional coherent charge qubit oscillations in a Si/SiGe quadruple quantum dot

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    Ward, Daniel R.; Kim, Dohun; Savage, Donald E.; Lagally, Max G.; Foote, Ryan H.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, Susan N.; Eriksson, Mark A.

    2016-10-18

    Universal quantum computation requires high-fidelity single-qubit rotations and controlled two-qubit gates. Along with high-fidelity single-qubit gates, strong efforts have been made in developing robust two-qubit logic gates in electrically gated quantum dot systems to realise a compact and nanofabrication-compatible architecture. Here we perform measurements of state-conditional coherent oscillations of a charge qubit. Using a quadruple quantum dot formed in a Si/SiGe heterostructure, we show the first demonstration of coherent two-axis control of a double quantum dot charge qubit in undoped Si/SiGe, performing Larmor and Ramsey oscillation measurements. We extract the strength of the capacitive coupling between a pair of double quantum dots by measuring the detuning energy shift (≈75 μeV) of one double dot depending on the excess charge configuration of the other double dot. Finally, we further demonstrate that the strong capacitive coupling allows fast, state-conditional Landau–Zener–Stückelberg oscillations with a conditional π phase flip time of about 80 ps, showing a promising pathway towards multi-qubit entanglement and control in semiconductor quantum dots.

  4. State-conditional coherent charge qubit oscillations in a Si/SiGe quadruple quantum dot

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    Ward, Daniel R.; Kim, Dohun; Savage, Donald E.; ...

    2016-10-18

    Universal quantum computation requires high-fidelity single-qubit rotations and controlled two-qubit gates. Along with high-fidelity single-qubit gates, strong efforts have been made in developing robust two-qubit logic gates in electrically gated quantum dot systems to realise a compact and nanofabrication-compatible architecture. Here we perform measurements of state-conditional coherent oscillations of a charge qubit. Using a quadruple quantum dot formed in a Si/SiGe heterostructure, we show the first demonstration of coherent two-axis control of a double quantum dot charge qubit in undoped Si/SiGe, performing Larmor and Ramsey oscillation measurements. We extract the strength of the capacitive coupling between a pair of doublemore » quantum dots by measuring the detuning energy shift (≈75 μeV) of one double dot depending on the excess charge configuration of the other double dot. Finally, we further demonstrate that the strong capacitive coupling allows fast, state-conditional Landau–Zener–Stückelberg oscillations with a conditional π phase flip time of about 80 ps, showing a promising pathway towards multi-qubit entanglement and control in semiconductor quantum dots.« less

  5. State-conditional coherent charge qubit oscillations in a Si/SiGe quadruple quantum dot

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    Ward, Daniel R.; Kim, Dohun; Savage, Donald E.; Lagally, Max G.; Foote, Ryan H.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, Susan N.; Eriksson, Mark A.

    2016-10-01

    Universal quantum computation requires high-fidelity single-qubit rotations and controlled two-qubit gates. Along with high-fidelity single-qubit gates, strong efforts have been made in developing robust two-qubit logic gates in electrically gated quantum dot systems to realise a compact and nanofabrication-compatible architecture. Here we perform measurements of state-conditional coherent oscillations of a charge qubit. Using a quadruple quantum dot formed in a Si/SiGe heterostructure, we show the first demonstration of coherent two-axis control of a double quantum dot charge qubit in undoped Si/SiGe, performing Larmor and Ramsey oscillation measurements. We extract the strength of the capacitive coupling between a pair of double quantum dots by measuring the detuning energy shift (≈75 μeV) of one double dot depending on the excess charge configuration of the other double dot. We further demonstrate that the strong capacitive coupling allows fast, state-conditional Landau-Zener-Stückelberg oscillations with a conditional π phase flip time of about 80 ps, showing a promising pathway towards multi-qubit entanglement and control in semiconductor quantum dots.

  6. Qubit lattice coherence induced by electromagnetic pulses in superconducting metamaterials

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    Ivić, Z.; Lazarides, N.; Tsironis, G. P.

    2016-01-01

    Quantum bits (qubits) are at the heart of quantum information processing schemes. Currently, solid-state qubits, and in particular the superconducting ones, seem to satisfy the requirements for being the building blocks of viable quantum computers, since they exhibit relatively long coherence times, extremely low dissipation, and scalability. The possibility of achieving quantum coherence in macroscopic circuits comprising Josephson junctions, envisioned by Legett in the 1980’s, was demonstrated for the first time in a charge qubit; since then, the exploitation of macroscopic quantum effects in low-capacitance Josephson junction circuits allowed for the realization of several kinds of superconducting qubits. Furthermore, coupling between qubits has been successfully achieved that was followed by the construction of multiple-qubit logic gates and the implementation of several algorithms. Here it is demonstrated that induced qubit lattice coherence as well as two remarkable quantum coherent optical phenomena, i.e., self-induced transparency and Dicke-type superradiance, may occur during light-pulse propagation in quantum metamaterials comprising superconducting charge qubits. The generated qubit lattice pulse forms a compound ”quantum breather” that propagates in synchrony with the electromagnetic pulse. The experimental confirmation of such effects in superconducting quantum metamaterials may open a new pathway to potentially powerful quantum computing. PMID:27403780

  7. Qubit lattice coherence induced by electromagnetic pulses in superconducting metamaterials

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    Ivić, Z.; Lazarides, N.; Tsironis, G. P.

    2016-07-01

    Quantum bits (qubits) are at the heart of quantum information processing schemes. Currently, solid-state qubits, and in particular the superconducting ones, seem to satisfy the requirements for being the building blocks of viable quantum computers, since they exhibit relatively long coherence times, extremely low dissipation, and scalability. The possibility of achieving quantum coherence in macroscopic circuits comprising Josephson junctions, envisioned by Legett in the 1980’s, was demonstrated for the first time in a charge qubit; since then, the exploitation of macroscopic quantum effects in low-capacitance Josephson junction circuits allowed for the realization of several kinds of superconducting qubits. Furthermore, coupling between qubits has been successfully achieved that was followed by the construction of multiple-qubit logic gates and the implementation of several algorithms. Here it is demonstrated that induced qubit lattice coherence as well as two remarkable quantum coherent optical phenomena, i.e., self-induced transparency and Dicke-type superradiance, may occur during light-pulse propagation in quantum metamaterials comprising superconducting charge qubits. The generated qubit lattice pulse forms a compound ”quantum breather” that propagates in synchrony with the electromagnetic pulse. The experimental confirmation of such effects in superconducting quantum metamaterials may open a new pathway to potentially powerful quantum computing.

  8. Quantum simulation of topological Majorana bound states and their universal quantum operations using charge-qubit arrays

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    Mao, Ting; Wang, Z. D.

    2015-01-01

    Majorana bound states have been a focus of condensed matter research for their potential applications in topological quantum computation. Here we utilize two charge-qubit arrays to explicitly simulate a DIII class one-dimensional superconductor model where Majorana end states can appear. Combined with one braiding operation, universal single-qubit operations on a Majorana-based qubit can be implemented by a controllable inductive coupling between two charge qubits at the ends of the arrays. We further show that in a similar way, a controlled-not gate for two topological qubits can be simulated in four charge-qubit arrays. Although the current scheme may not truly realize topological quantum operations, we elaborate that the operations in charge-qubit arrays are indeed robust against certain local perturbations.

  9. Decoherence dynamics of two charge qubits in vertically coupled quantum dots

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    Ben Chouikha, W.; Bennaceur, R.; Jaziri, S.

    2007-12-15

    The decoherence dynamics of two charge qubits in a double quantum dot is investigated theoretically. We consider the quantum dynamics of two interacting electrons in a vertically coupled quantum dot driven by an external electric field. We derive the equations of motion for the density matrix, in which the presence of an electron confined in the double dot represents one qubit. A Markovian approach to the dynamical evolution of the reduced density matrix is adopted. We evaluate the concurrence of two qubits in order to study the effect of acoustic phonons on the entanglement. We also show that the disentanglement effect depends on the double dot parameters and increases with the temperature.

  10. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-12-01

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa.

  11. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid.

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-12-06

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa.

  12. Quantum State Transmission in a Superconducting Charge Qubit-Atom Hybrid

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    Yu, Deshui; Valado, María Martínez; Hufnagel, Christoph; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2016-01-01

    Hybrids consisting of macroscopic superconducting circuits and microscopic components, such as atoms and spins, have the potential of transmitting an arbitrary state between different quantum species, leading to the prospective of high-speed operation and long-time storage of quantum information. Here we propose a novel hybrid structure, where a neutral-atom qubit directly interfaces with a superconducting charge qubit, to implement the qubit-state transmission. The highly-excited Rydberg atom located inside the gate capacitor strongly affects the behavior of Cooper pairs in the box while the atom in the ground state hardly interferes with the superconducting device. In addition, the DC Stark shift of the atomic states significantly depends on the charge-qubit states. By means of the standard spectroscopic techniques and sweeping the gate voltage bias, we show how to transfer an arbitrary quantum state from the superconducting device to the atom and vice versa. PMID:27922087

  13. Charge solitons and their dynamical mass in one-dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions

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    Homfeld, Jens; Protopopov, Ivan; Rachel, Stephan; Shnirman, Alexander

    2011-02-01

    We investigate charge transport in one-dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions. In the interesting regime of ''small charge solitons'' (polarons), {Lambda}E{sub J}>E{sub C}>E{sub J}, where {Lambda} is the (electrostatic) screening length, the charge dynamics are strongly influenced by the polaronic effects (i.e., by dressing of a Cooper pair by charge dipoles). In particular, the soliton's mass in this regime scales approximately as E{sub J}{sup -2}. We employ two theoretical techniques: the many-body tight-binding approach and the mean-field approach, and the results of the two approaches agree in the regime of ''small charge solitons.'' Renormalization of the soliton's mass could be observed; for example, as enhancement of the persistent current in a ring-shaped array.

  14. Tunable coupling in circuit quantum electrodynamics using a superconducting charge qubit with a V-shaped energy level diagram.

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    Srinivasan, S J; Hoffman, A J; Gambetta, J M; Houck, A A

    2011-02-25

    We introduce a new type of superconducting charge qubit that has a V-shaped energy spectrum and uses quantum interference to provide independently tunable qubit energy and coherent coupling to a superconducting cavity. Dynamic access to the strong coupling regime is demonstrated by tuning the coupling strength from less than 200 kHz to greater than 40 MHz. This tunable coupling can be used to protect the qubit from cavity-induced relaxation and avoid unwanted qubit-qubit interactions in a multiqubit system. © 2011 American Physical Society

  15. Stationary Josephson current as a tool to detect charge density waves in high-Tc oxides

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    Gabovich, Alexander M.; Voitenko, Alexander I.; Li, Mai Suan; Szymczak, Henryk

    2015-09-01

    Nonmonotonic and even sign-changing dependences on the temperature and the doping level were predicted for the stationary Josephson tunnel current Ic between superconductors with d-wave order parameter symmetry and partial gapping by charge density waves (CDWs). The junction electrodes were considered in the framework of the two-dimensional electron spectrum appropriate to high-Tc cuprates. The non-trivial behavior can be observed for certain relative electrode orientations. Hence, Ic -measurements in wide ranges of doping and temperature may serve as an indicator of CDW existence.

  16. Non-Gaussian signatures and collective effects in charge noise affecting a dynamically decoupled qubit

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    Ramon, Guy

    2015-10-01

    The effects of a collection of classical two-level charge fluctuators on the coherence of a dynamically decoupled qubit are studied. Distinct dynamics is found at different qubit working positions. Exact analytical formulas are derived at pure dephasing and approximate solutions are found at the general working position, for weakly and strongly coupled fluctuators. Analysis of these solutions, combined with numerical simulations of the multiple random telegraph processes, reveal the scaling of the noise with the number of fluctuators and the number of control pulses, as well as dependence on other parameters of the qubit-fluctuators system. These results can be used to determine potential microscopic models for the charge environment by performing noise spectroscopy.

  17. Dephasing due to quasiparticle tunneling in fluxonium qubits: a phenomenological approach

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    Spilla, Samuele; Hassler, Fabian; Napoli, Anna; Splettstoesser, Janine

    2015-06-01

    The fluxonium qubit has arisen as one of the most promising candidate devices for implementing quantum information in superconducting devices, since it is both insensitive to charge noise (like flux qubits) and insensitive to flux noise (like charge qubits). Here, we investigate the stability of the quantum information to quasiparticle tunneling through a Josephson junction. Microscopically, this dephasing is due to the dependence of the quasiparticle transmission probability on the qubit state. We argue that on a phenomenological level the dephasing mechanism can be understood as originating from heat currents, which are flowing in the device due to possible effective temperature gradients, and their sensitivity to the qubit state. The emerging dephasing time is found to be insensitive to the number of junctions with which the superinductance of the fluxonium qubit is realized. Furthermore, we find that the dephasing time increases quadratically with the shunt-inductance of the circuit which highlights the stability of the device to this dephasing mechanism.

  18. Reduced Sensitivity to Charge Noise in Semiconductor Spin Qubits via Symmetric Operation

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    Reed, M. D.; Maune, B. M.; Andrews, R. W.; Borselli, M. G.; Eng, K.; Jura, M. P.; Kiselev, A. A.; Ladd, T. D.; Merkel, S. T.; Milosavljevic, I.; Pritchett, E. J.; Rakher, M. T.; Ross, R. S.; Schmitz, A. E.; Smith, A.; Wright, J. A.; Gyure, M. F.; Hunter, A. T.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate improved operation of exchange-coupled semiconductor quantum dots by substantially reducing the sensitivity of exchange operations to charge noise. The method involves biasing a double dot symmetrically between the charge-state anticrossings, where the derivative of the exchange energy with respect to gate voltages is minimized. Exchange remains highly tunable by adjusting the tunnel coupling. We find that this method reduces the dephasing effect of charge noise by more than a factor of 5 in comparison to operation near a charge-state anticrossing, increasing the number of observable exchange oscillations in our qubit by a similar factor. Performance also improves with exchange rate, favoring fast quantum operations.

  19. Effects of charge noise on a pulse-gated singlet-triplet S - T_ qubit

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    Qi, Zhenyi; Wu, X.; Ward, D. R.; ...

    2017-08-31

    Here, we study the dynamics of a pulse-gated semiconductor double-quantum-dot qubit. In our experiments, the qubit coherence times are relatively long, but the visibility of the quantum oscillations is low. We also show that these observations are consistent with a theory that incorporates decoherence arising from charge noise that gives rise to detuning fluctuations of the double dot. Because effects from charge noise are largest near the singlet-triplet avoided level crossing, the visibility of the oscillations is low when the singlet-triplet avoided level crossing occurs in the vicinity of the charge degeneracy point crossed during the manipulation, but there ismore » only modest dephasing at the large detuning value at which the quantum phase accumulates. This theory also agrees with experimental data and predicts that the visibility can be increased greatly by appropriate tuning of the interdot tunneling rate.« less

  20. Effects of charge noise on a pulse-gated singlet-triplet S -T- qubit

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    Qi, Zhenyi; Wu, X.; Ward, D. R.; Prance, J. R.; Kim, Dohun; Gamble, John King; Mohr, R. T.; Shi, Zhan; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Eriksson, M. A.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.; Vavilov, M. G.

    2017-09-01

    We study the dynamics of a pulse-gated semiconductor double-quantum-dot qubit. In our experiments, the qubit coherence times are relatively long, but the visibility of the quantum oscillations is low. We show that these observations are consistent with a theory that incorporates decoherence arising from charge noise that gives rise to detuning fluctuations of the double dot. Because effects from charge noise are largest near the singlet-triplet avoided level crossing, the visibility of the oscillations is low when the singlet-triplet avoided level crossing occurs in the vicinity of the charge degeneracy point crossed during the manipulation, but there is only modest dephasing at the large detuning value at which the quantum phase accumulates. This theory agrees well with experimental data and predicts that the visibility can be increased greatly by appropriate tuning of the interdot tunneling rate.

  1. Charge noise, spin-orbit coupling, and dephasing of single-spin qubits

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    Bermeister, Adam; Keith, Daniel; Culcer, Dimitrie

    2014-11-10

    Quantum dot quantum computing architectures rely on systems in which inversion symmetry is broken, and spin-orbit coupling is present, causing even single-spin qubits to be susceptible to charge noise. We derive an effective Hamiltonian for the combined action of noise and spin-orbit coupling on a single-spin qubit, identify the mechanisms behind dephasing, and estimate the free induction decay dephasing times T{sub 2}{sup *} for common materials such as Si and GaAs. Dephasing is driven by noise matrix elements that cause relative fluctuations between orbital levels, which are dominated by screened whole charge defects and unscreened dipole defects in the substrate. Dephasing times T{sub 2}{sup *} differ markedly between materials and can be enhanced by increasing gate fields, choosing materials with weak spin-orbit, making dots narrower, or using accumulation dots.

  2. Microwave Emission from Hybridized States in a Semiconductor Charge Qubit.

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    Stockklauser, A; Maisi, V F; Basset, J; Cujia, K; Reichl, C; Wegscheider, W; Ihn, T; Wallraff, A; Ensslin, K

    2015-07-24

    We explore the microwave radiation emitted from a biased double quantum dot due to the inelastic tunneling of single charges. Radiation is detected over a broad range of detuning configurations between the dot energy levels, with pronounced maxima occurring in resonance with a capacitively coupled transmission line resonator. The power emitted for forward and reverse resonant detuning is found to be in good agreement with a rate equation model, which considers the hybridization of the individual dot charge states.

  3. Pure-state dynamics of a pair of charge qubits in a random environment

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    Burić, Nikola

    2005-10-01

    A pair of charge qubits in a random electromagnetic environment is studied, using the description of the random dynamics of its pure-state vector as given by quantum-state diffusion theory. It is shown by numerical computations that the pure-state dynamics provides a more detailed description than the density-matrix picture of the main effects such as phase dumping and depolarization.

  4. Pure-state dynamics of a pair of charge qubits in a random environment

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    Buric, Nikola

    2005-10-15

    A pair of charge qubits in a random electromagnetic environment is studied, using the description of the random dynamics of its pure-state vector as given by quantum-state diffusion theory. It is shown by numerical computations that the pure-state dynamics provides a more detailed description than the density-matrix picture of the main effects such as phase dumping and depolarization.

  5. Suppression of charge noise using barrier control of a singlet-triplet qubit

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    Yang, Xu-Chen; Wang, Xin

    2017-07-01

    It has been recently demonstrated that a singlet-triplet spin qubit in semiconductor double quantum dots can be controlled by changing the height of the potential barrier between the two dots ("barrier control"), which has led to a considerable reduction of charge noises as compared with the traditional tilt control method. In this paper we show, through a molecular-orbital-theoretic calculation of double quantum dots influenced by a charged impurity, that the relative charge noise for a system under the barrier control not only is smaller than that for the tilt control but actually decreases as a function of an increasing exchange interaction. This is understood as a combined consequence of the greatly suppressed detuning noise when the two dots are symmetrically operated, as well as an enhancement of the interdot hopping energy of an electron when the barrier is lowered which in turn reduces the relative charge noise at large exchange interaction values. We have also studied the response of the qubit to charged impurities at different locations and found that the improvement of barrier control is least for impurities equidistant from the two dots due to the small detuning noise they cause but is otherwise significant along other directions.

  6. Coherent Charge Transport in Ballistic InSb Nanowire Josephson Junctions

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    Li, S.; Kang, N.; Fan, D. X.; Wang, L. B.; Huang, Y. Q.; Caroff, P.; Xu, H. Q.

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid InSb nanowire-superconductor devices are promising for investigating Majorana modes and topological quantum computation in solid-state devices. An experimental realisation of ballistic, phase-coherent superconductor-nanowire hybrid devices is a necessary step towards engineering topological superconducting electronics. Here, we report on a low-temperature transport study of Josephson junction devices fabricated from InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and provide a clear evidence for phase-coherent, ballistic charge transport through the nanowires in the junctions. We demonstrate that our devices show gate-tunable proximity-induced supercurrent and clear signatures of multiple Andreev reflections in the differential conductance, indicating phase-coherent transport within the junctions. We also observe periodic modulations of the critical current that can be associated with the Fabry-Pérot interference in the nanowires in the ballistic transport regime. Our work shows that the InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are of excellent material quality and hybrid superconducting devices made from these nanowires are highly desirable for investigation of the novel physics in topological states of matter and for applications in topological quantum electronics. PMID:27102689

  7. Coherent Charge Transport in Ballistic InSb Nanowire Josephson Junctions.

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    Li, S; Kang, N; Fan, D X; Wang, L B; Huang, Y Q; Caroff, P; Xu, H Q

    2016-04-22

    Hybrid InSb nanowire-superconductor devices are promising for investigating Majorana modes and topological quantum computation in solid-state devices. An experimental realisation of ballistic, phase-coherent superconductor-nanowire hybrid devices is a necessary step towards engineering topological superconducting electronics. Here, we report on a low-temperature transport study of Josephson junction devices fabricated from InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and provide a clear evidence for phase-coherent, ballistic charge transport through the nanowires in the junctions. We demonstrate that our devices show gate-tunable proximity-induced supercurrent and clear signatures of multiple Andreev reflections in the differential conductance, indicating phase-coherent transport within the junctions. We also observe periodic modulations of the critical current that can be associated with the Fabry-Pérot interference in the nanowires in the ballistic transport regime. Our work shows that the InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are of excellent material quality and hybrid superconducting devices made from these nanowires are highly desirable for investigation of the novel physics in topological states of matter and for applications in topological quantum electronics.

  8. Ultrafast universal quantum control of a quantum-dot charge qubit using Landau–Zener–Stückelberg interference

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    Cao, Gang; Li, Hai-Ou; Tu, Tao; Wang, Li; Zhou, Cheng; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Jiang, Hong-Wen; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2013-01-01

    A basic requirement for quantum information processing is the ability to universally control the state of a single qubit on timescales much shorter than the coherence time. Although ultrafast optical control of a single spin has been achieved in quantum dots, scaling up such methods remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate complete control of the quantum-dot charge qubit on the picosecond scale, orders of magnitude faster than the previously measured electrically controlled charge- or spin-based qubits. We observe tunable qubit dynamics in a charge-stability diagram, in a time domain, and in a pulse amplitude space of the driven pulse. The observations are well described by Landau–Zener–Stückelberg interference. These results establish the feasibility of a full set of all-electrical single-qubit operations. Although our experiment is carried out in a solid-state architecture, the technique is independent of the physical encoding of the quantum information and has the potential for wider applications. PMID:23360992

  9. Ultrafast universal quantum control of a quantum-dot charge qubit using Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference.

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    Cao, Gang; Li, Hai-Ou; Tu, Tao; Wang, Li; Zhou, Cheng; Xiao, Ming; Guo, Guang-Can; Jiang, Hong-Wen; Guo, Guo-Ping

    2013-01-01

    A basic requirement for quantum information processing is the ability to universally control the state of a single qubit on timescales much shorter than the coherence time. Although ultrafast optical control of a single spin has been achieved in quantum dots, scaling up such methods remains a challenge. Here we demonstrate complete control of the quantum-dot charge qubit on the picosecond scale [corrected], orders of magnitude faster than the previously measured electrically controlled charge- or spin-based qubits. We observe tunable qubit dynamics in a charge-stability diagram, in a time domain, and in a pulse amplitude space of the driven pulse. The observations are well described by Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference. These results establish the feasibility of a full set of all-electrical single-qubit operations. Although our experiment is carried out in a solid-state architecture, the technique is independent of the physical encoding of the quantum information and has the potential for wider applications.

  10. A new type of superconducting qubit: How the transmon thwarts the T2 problem

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    Yu, Terri M.; Koch, Jens; Gambetta, Jay; Houck, Andrew A.; Schuster, David I.; Majer, Johannes; Schoelkopf, Robert J.; Girvin, Steven M.

    2007-03-01

    Superconducting qubits have long been dogged by small energy relaxation (T1) and dephasing times (T2). Here we propose a new type of superconducting qubit that we call the ``transmon.'' This device consists of a Cooper pair box shunted by a large capacitance. The two quantities crucial to the operating the transmon as a qubit are a) energy level anharmonicity and b) charge noise sensitivity. Sufficient anharmonicity is required to prevent transitions out of the qubit two-level system. Low sensitivity is desired so that fluctuations of the gate charge do not appreciably change the qubit transition frequency. Decreasing (increasing) the Josephson energy to charging energy ratio (EJ/EC) of the transmon raises (reduces) anharmonicity and charge noise sensitivity. By operating the transmon in a radically different parameter regime 10^1 < EJ/EC10^3, the qubit becomes exponentially more stable to charge fluctuations compared to the Cooper pair box, yet it retains enough anharmonicity for fast qubit operations. For large enough EJ/EC, dephasing due to charge noise becomes completely negligible so that greatly enhanced T2 times should be achievable.

  11. Tuning THz emission properties of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ intrinsic Josephson junction stacks by charge carrier injection

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    Kizilaslan, O.; Rudau, F.; Wieland, R.; Hampp, J. S.; Zhou, X. J.; Ji, M.; Kiselev, O.; Kinev, N.; Huang, Y.; Hao, L. Y.; Ishii, A.; Aksan, M. A.; Hatano, T.; Koshelets, V. P.; Wu, P. H.; Wang, H. B.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2017-03-01

    We report on doping and undoping experiments of terahertz (THz) emitting intrinsic Josephson junction stacks, where the change in charge carrier concentration is achieved by heavy current injection. The experiments were performed on stand-alone structures fabricated from a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O{}8+δ single crystal near optimal doping. The stacks contained about 930 intrinsic Josephson junctions. On purpose, the doping and undoping experiments were performed over only a modest range of charge carrier concentrations, changing the critical temperature of the stack by less than 1 K. We show that both undoping and doping is feasible also for the large intrinsic Josephson junction stacks used for THz generation. Even moderate changes in doping introduce large changes in the THz emission properties of the stacks. The highest emission power was achieved after doping a pristine sample.

  12. Enhanced electron-phonon coupling for a semiconductor charge qubit in a surface phonon cavity

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    Chen, J. C. H.; Sato, Y.; Kosaka, R.; Hashisaka, M.; Muraki, K.; Fujisawa, T.

    2015-01-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a major decoherence mechanism, which often causes scattering and energy dissipation in semiconductor electronic systems. However, this electron-phonon coupling may be used in a positive way for reaching the strong or ultra-strong coupling regime in an acoustic version of the cavity quantum electrodynamic system. Here we propose and demonstrate a phonon cavity for surface acoustic waves, which is made of periodic metal fingers that constitute Bragg reflectors on a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Phonon band gap and cavity phonon modes are identified by frequency, time and spatially resolved measurements of the piezoelectric potential. Tunneling spectroscopy on a double quantum dot indicates the enhancement of phonon assisted transitions in a charge qubit. This encourages studying of acoustic cavity quantum electrodynamics with surface phonons. PMID:26469629

  13. The C-shunt Flux Qubit: A New Generation of Superconducting Flux Qubit

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    Birenbaum, Jeffrey Scott

    While quantum computation has the potential to revolutionize the scientific community, to date no architecture has been developed which offers the necessary combination of high coherence times and massive scalability. Superconducting flux qubits satisfy the second requirement well but to date useful devices are limited to coherence times of typically only a few mus. In this dissertation we examine the possibilities of improving the coherence performance of the flux qubit to the levels required for fault-tolerant quantum computation. We find that coherence times for many devices are limited by photon-induced quasiparticles and mitigation of these quasiparticles increases coherence times by more than a factor of two. Beyond this, however, we find little improvement in flux qubit performance compared to prior results. Despite improved fabrication techniques and varied device designs we find flux qubit coherence times are still typically below 5 mus. Furthermore, wide device-to-device variations are observed which prevent effective scaling of the flux qubit to quantum information circuits. Based on the proposal by You, et al. we develop of a capacitively-shunted version of the flux qubit called the C-shunt flux qubit. With the addition of a capacitive shunt across the small junction of the flux qubit we are able to reduce the amplitude sensitivity to both charge and flux noise by more than a factor of three. The result is a predicted ten-fold enhancement in the coherence times compared to the unshunted flux qubit. At the same time we preserve much of the anharmonicity of the flux qubit resulting in a device with coherence times comparable to modern transmons but with a factor of four better anharmonicity and more flexible coupling configurations. By using a high-quality MBE aluminum shunt process on an annealed sapphire substrate coupled with a more conventional electron-beam-evaporated aluminum Josephson junction process we fabricate hybrid C-shunt flux qubits. We

  14. Long-range interaction between charge and spin qubits in quantum dots

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    Serina, Marcel; Kloeffel, Christoph; Loss, Daniel

    2017-06-01

    We analyze and give estimates for the long-distance coupling via floating metallic gates between different types of spin qubits in quantum dots made of different commonly used materials. In particular, we consider the hybrid, the singlet-triplet, and the spin-1/2 qubits, and the pairwise coupling between each type of these qubits with another hybrid qubit in GaAs, InAs, Si, and Si0.9Ge0.1 . We show that hybrid qubits can be capacitively coupled strongly enough to implement two-qubit gates, as long as the distance of the dots from the metallic gates is small enough. Thus, hybrid qubits are good candidates for scalable implementations of quantum computing in semiconducting nanostructures.

  15. Charge-Insensitive Single-Atom Spin-Orbit Qubit in Silicon

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    Salfi, Joe; Mol, Jan A.; Culcer, Dimitrie; Rogge, Sven

    2016-06-01

    High fidelity entanglement of an on-chip array of spin qubits poses many challenges. Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) can ease some of these challenges by enabling long-ranged entanglement via electric dipole-dipole interactions, microwave photons, or phonons. However, SOC exposes conventional spin qubits to decoherence from electrical noise. Here, we propose an acceptor-based spin-orbit qubit in silicon offering long-range entanglement at a sweet spot where the qubit is protected from electrical noise. The qubit relies on quadrupolar SOC with the interface and gate potentials. As required for surface codes, 105 electrically mediated single-qubit and 104 dipole-dipole mediated two-qubit gates are possible in the predicted spin lifetime. Moreover, circuit quantum electrodynamics with single spins is feasible, including dispersive readout, cavity-mediated entanglement, and spin-photon entanglement. An industrially relevant silicon-based platform is employed.

  16. Preparation of Schrödinger cat states of a cavity field via coupling to a superconducting charge qubit

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    Freitas, Dagoberto S.; Nemes, M. C.

    2014-05-01

    We extend the approach in Ref. 5 [Y.-X. Liu, L. F. Wei and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. A 71 (2005) 063820] for preparing superposition states of a cavity field interacting with a superconducting charge qubit. We study effects of the nonlinearity on the creation of such states. We show that the main contribution of nonlinear effects is to shorten the time necessary to build the superposition.

  17. Dual approach to circuit quantization using loop charges

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    Ulrich, Jascha; Hassler, Fabian

    2016-09-01

    The conventional approach to circuit quantization is based on node fluxes and traces the motion of node charges on the islands of the circuit. However, for some devices, the relevant physics can be best described by the motion of polarization charges over the branches of the circuit that are in general related to the node charges in a highly nonlocal way. Here, we present a method, dual to the conventional approach, for quantizing planar circuits in terms of loop charges. In this way, the polarization charges are directly obtained as the differences of the two loop charges on the neighboring loops. The loop charges trace the motion of fluxes through the circuit loops. We show that loop charges yield a simple description of the flux transport across phase-slip junctions. We outline a concrete construction of circuits based on phase-slip junctions that are electromagnetically dual to arbitrary planar Josephson junction circuits. We argue that loop charges also yield a simple description of the flux transport in conventional Josephson junctions shunted by large impedances. We show that a mixed circuit description in terms of node fluxes and loop charges yields an insight into the flux decompactification of a Josephson junction shunted by an inductor. As an application, we show that the fluxonium qubit is well approximated as a phase-slip junction for the experimentally relevant parameters. Moreover, we argue that the 0 -π qubit is effectively the dual of a Majorana Josephson junction.

  18. Microwave-Driven Coherent Operation of a Semiconductor Quantum Dot Charge Qubit

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    2015-02-16

    strating an Rabi frequency of up to 2 GHz, a value approaching the intrinsic qubit frequency of 4.5 GHz. Z-axis rotations of the qubit are well-protected at...23], or resonant exchange gates [24], with typical rotation rates ( Rabi frequencies) on the order of 1 to 100 MHz. Here we demonstrate fast coherent...20 -40 c. 4 6 1 0 P1 -50 0 50 5B A εo tb adiaba tic |0 |1 V G L (m V ) Figure 1. Si/SiGe quantum dot device, qubit spectroscopy, and coherent Rabi

  19. Charge Qubit Coupled to an Intense Microwave Electromagnetic Field in a Superconducting Nb Device: Evidence for Photon-Assisted Quasiparticle Tunneling

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    de Graaf, S. E.; Leppäkangas, J.; Adamyan, A.; Danilov, A. V.; Lindström, T.; Fogelström, M.; Bauch, T.; Johansson, G.; Kubatkin, S. E.

    2013-09-01

    We study a superconducting charge qubit coupled to an intensive electromagnetic field and probe changes in the resonance frequency of the formed dressed states. At large driving strengths, exceeding the qubit energy-level splitting, this reveals the well known Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference structure of a longitudinally driven two-level system. For even stronger drives, we observe a significant change in the Landau-Zener-Stückelberg pattern and contrast. We attribute this to photon-assisted quasiparticle tunneling in the qubit. This results in the recovery of the qubit parity, eliminating effects of quasiparticle poisoning, and leads to an enhanced interferometric response. The interference pattern becomes robust to quasiparticle poisoning and has a good potential for accurate charge sensing.

  20. Charge qubit coupled to an intense microwave electromagnetic field in a superconducting Nb device: evidence for photon-assisted quasiparticle tunneling.

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    de Graaf, S E; Leppäkangas, J; Adamyan, A; Danilov, A V; Lindström, T; Fogelström, M; Bauch, T; Johansson, G; Kubatkin, S E

    2013-09-27

    We study a superconducting charge qubit coupled to an intensive electromagnetic field and probe changes in the resonance frequency of the formed dressed states. At large driving strengths, exceeding the qubit energy-level splitting, this reveals the well known Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interference structure of a longitudinally driven two-level system. For even stronger drives, we observe a significant change in the Landau-Zener-Stückelberg pattern and contrast. We attribute this to photon-assisted quasiparticle tunneling in the qubit. This results in the recovery of the qubit parity, eliminating effects of quasiparticle poisoning, and leads to an enhanced interferometric response. The interference pattern becomes robust to quasiparticle poisoning and has a good potential for accurate charge sensing.

  1. Gatemon Benchmarking and Two-Qubit Operation

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    Casparis, Lucas; Larsen, Thorvald; Olsen, Michael; Petersson, Karl; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand; Krogstrup, Peter; Nygard, Jesper; Marcus, Charles

    Recent experiments have demonstrated superconducting transmon qubits with semiconductor nanowire Josephson junctions. These hybrid gatemon qubits utilize field effect tunability singular to semiconductors to allow complete qubit control using gate voltages, potentially a technological advantage over conventional flux-controlled transmons. Here, we present experiments with a two-qubit gatemon circuit. We characterize qubit coherence and stability and use randomized benchmarking to demonstrate single-qubit gate errors of ~0.5 % for all gates, including voltage-controlled Z rotations. We show coherent capacitive coupling between two gatemons and coherent SWAP operations. Finally, we perform a two-qubit controlled-phase gate with an estimated fidelity of ~91 %, demonstrating the potential of gatemon qubits for building scalable quantum processors. We acknowledge financial support from Microsoft Project Q and the Danish National Research Foundation.

  2. Composite pulses robust against charge noise and magnetic field noise for universal control of a singlet-triplet qubit

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    Wang, Xin; Barnes, Edwin; Kestner, Jason P.; Bishop, Lev S.; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2013-03-01

    We generalize our SUPCODE pulse sequences for singlet-triplet qubits to correct errors from imperfect control. This yields gates that are simultaneously corrected for both charge noise and magnetic field gradient fluctuations, addressing the two dominant T2* processes. By using this more efficient version of SUPCODE, we are able to introduce this capability while also substantially reducing the overall pulse time compared to the previous sequence. We show that our sequence remains realistic under experimental constraints such as finite bandwidth. This work is supported by LPS-NSA-CMTC, IARPA-MQCO and CNAM.

  3. Phase and charge re-entrant phase transitions in two capacitively coupled Josephson arrays with ultrasmall junctions

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    Ramirez-Santiago, Guillermo; Jose, Jorge V.

    2004-11-01

    We have studied the phase diagram of two capacitively coupled Josephson junction arrays with charging energy, E{sub c}, and Josephson coupling energy, E{sub J}. Our results are obtained using a path integral Quantum Monte Carlo algorithm. The parameter that quantifies the quantum fluctuations in the ith array is defined by {alpha}{sub i}{identical_to}E{sub c{sub i}}/E{sub J{sub i}}. Depending on the value of {alpha}{sub i}, each independent array may be in the semiclassical or in the quantum regime: We find that thermal fluctuations are important when {alpha}{<=}1.5 and the quantum fluctuations dominate when 2.0{<=}{alpha}. Vortices are the dominant excitations in the semiclassical limit, while in the quantum regime the charge excitations are important. We have extensively studied the interplay between vortex and charge dominated individual array phases. The phase diagrams for each array as a function of temperature and interlayer capacitance were determined from results for their helicity modulus, {upsilon}({alpha}), and the inverse dielectric constant, {epsilon}{sup -1}({alpha}). The two arrays are coupled via the capacitance C{sub inter} at each site of the lattices. When one of the arrays is in the quantum regime and the other one is in the semiclassical limit, {upsilon}(T,{alpha}) decreases with T, while {epsilon}{sup -1}(T,{alpha}) increases. This behavior is due to a duality relation between the two arrays: e.g., a manifestation of the gauge invariant capacitive interaction between vortices in the semiclassical array and charges in the quantum array. We find a re-entrant transition in {upsilon}(T,{alpha}), at low temperatures, when one of the arrays is in the semiclassical limit (i.e., {alpha}{sub 1}=0.5) and the quantum array has 2.0{<=}{alpha}{sub 2}{<=}2.5, for the values considered for the interlayer capacitance of C{sub inter}=0.26087, 0.52174, 0.78261, 1.04348, and 1.30435. Similar results were obtained for larger values of {alpha}{sub 2}=4.0 with C

  4. Restoring interlayer Josephson coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 by charge transfer melting of stripe order

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    Khanna, V.; Mankowsky, R.; Petrich, M.; Bromberger, H.; Cavill, S. A.; Möhr-Vorobeva, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Laplace, Y.; Gu, G. D.; Hill, J. P.; Först, M.; Cavalleri, A.; Dhesi, S. S.

    2016-06-01

    We show that disruption of charge-density-wave (stripe) order by charge transfer excitation, enhances the superconducting phase rigidity in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 . Time-resolved resonant soft x-ray diffraction demonstrates that charge order melting is prompt following near-infrared photoexcitation whereas the crystal structure remains intact for moderate fluences. THz time-domain spectroscopy reveals that, for the first 2 ps following photoexcitation, a new Josephson plasma resonance edge, at higher frequency with respect to the equilibrium edge, is induced indicating enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling. The fluence dependence of the charge-order melting and the enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling are correlated with a saturation limit of ˜0.5 mJ /cm2 . Using a combination of x-ray and optical spectroscopies we establish a hierarchy of timescales between enhanced superconductivity, melting of charge order, and rearrangement of the crystal structure.

  5. Josephson junction

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    Wendt, J.R.; Plut, T.A.; Martens, J.S.

    1995-05-02

    A novel method for fabricating nanometer geometry electronic devices is described. Such Josephson junctions can be accurately and reproducibly manufactured employing photolithographic and direct write electron beam lithography techniques in combination with aqueous etchants. In particular, a method is described for manufacturing planar Josephson junctions from high temperature superconducting material. 10 figs.

  6. Josephson junction

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    Wendt, Joel R.; Plut, Thomas A.; Martens, Jon S.

    1995-01-01

    A novel method for fabricating nanometer geometry electronic devices is described. Such Josephson junctions can be accurately and reproducibly manufactured employing photolithographic and direct write electron beam lithography techniques in combination with aqueous etchants. In particular, a method is described for manufacturing planar Josephson junctions from high temperature superconducting material.

  7. Measurement of Quantum Phase-Slips in Josephson Junction Chains

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    Guichard, Wiebke

    2011-03-01

    Quantum phase-slip dynamics in Josephson junction chains could provide the basis for the realization of a new type of topologically protected qubit or for the implementation of a new current standard. I will present measurements of the effect of quantum phase-slips on the ground state of a Josephson junction chain. We can tune in situ the strength of the phase-slips. These phase-slips are the result of fluctuations induced by the finite charging energy of each junction in the chain. Our measurements demonstrate that a Josephson junction chain under phase bias constraint behaves in a collective way. I will also show evidence of coherent phase-slip interference, the so called Aharonov-Casher effect. This phenomenon is the dual of the well known Aharonov-Bohm interference. In collaboration with I.M. Pop, Institut Neel, C.N.R.S. and Universite Joseph Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble, France; I. Protopopov, L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kosygin str. 2, Moscow 119334, Russia and Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany; and F. Lecocq, Z. Peng, B. Pannetier, O. Buisson, Institut Neel, C.N.R.S. and Universite Joseph Fourier. European STREP MIDAS, ANR QUANTJO.

  8. Direct measurement of the concurrence for two-qubit electron spin entangled pure state based on charge detection

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    Liu, Jiong; Zhou, Lan; Sheng, Yu-Bo

    2015-07-01

    We propose a protocol for directly measuring the concurrence of a two-qubit electronic pure entangled state. To complete this task, we first design a parity-check measurement (PCM) which is constructed by two polarization beam splitters (PBSs) and a charge detector. By using the PCM for three rounds, we can achieve the concurrence by calculating the total probability of picking up the odd parity states from the initial states. Since the conduction electron may be a good candidate for the realization of quantum computation, this protocol may be useful in future solid quantum computation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474168 and 61401222), the Qing Lan Project in Jiangsu Province, China, and the Priority Academic Development Program of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China.

  9. INTERDISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Efficient One-Step Generation of Cluster State with Charge Qubits in Circuit QED

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    Wang, Yi-Min; Li, Cheng-Zu

    2010-01-01

    We propose theoretical schemes to generate highly entangled cluster state with superconducting qubits in a circuit QED architecture. Charge qubits are located inside a superconducting transmission line, which serves as a quantum data bus. We show that large clusters state can be efficiently generated in just one step with the long-range Ising-like unitary operators. The quantum operations which are generally realized by two coupling mechanisms: either voltage coupling or current coupling, depend only on global geometric features and are insensitive not only to the thermal state of the transmission line but also to certain random operation errors. Thus high-fidelity one-way quantum computation can be achieved.

  10. Realization of a Cascaded Quantum System: Heralded Absorption of a Single Photon Qubit by a Single-Electron Charged Quantum Dot.

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    Delteil, Aymeric; Sun, Zhe; Fält, Stefan; Imamoğlu, Atac

    2017-04-28

    Photonic losses pose a major limitation for the implementation of a quantum state transfer between nodes of a quantum network. A measurement that heralds a successful transfer without revealing any information about the qubit may alleviate this limitation. Here, we demonstrate the heralded absorption of a single photonic qubit, generated by a single neutral quantum dot, by a single-electron charged quantum dot that is located 5 m away. The transfer of quantum information to the spin degree of freedom takes place upon the emission of a photon; for a properly chosen or prepared quantum dot, the detection of this photon yields no information about the qubit. We show that this process can be combined with local operations optically performed on the destination node by measuring classical correlations between the absorbed photon color and the final state of the electron spin. Our work suggests alternative avenues for the realization of quantum information protocols based on cascaded quantum systems.

  11. Realization of a Cascaded Quantum System: Heralded Absorption of a Single Photon Qubit by a Single-Electron Charged Quantum Dot

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    Delteil, Aymeric; Sun, Zhe; Fält, Stefan; Imamoǧlu, Atac

    2017-04-01

    Photonic losses pose a major limitation for the implementation of a quantum state transfer between nodes of a quantum network. A measurement that heralds a successful transfer without revealing any information about the qubit may alleviate this limitation. Here, we demonstrate the heralded absorption of a single photonic qubit, generated by a single neutral quantum dot, by a single-electron charged quantum dot that is located 5 m away. The transfer of quantum information to the spin degree of freedom takes place upon the emission of a photon; for a properly chosen or prepared quantum dot, the detection of this photon yields no information about the qubit. We show that this process can be combined with local operations optically performed on the destination node by measuring classical correlations between the absorbed photon color and the final state of the electron spin. Our work suggests alternative avenues for the realization of quantum information protocols based on cascaded quantum systems.

  12. Microwave transitions as a signature of coherent parity mixing effects in the Majorana-transmon qubit

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    Ginossar, Eran; Grosfeld, Eytan

    2014-09-01

    Solid-state Majorana fermions are generating intensive interest because of their unique properties and possible applications in fault tolerant quantum memory devices. Here we propose a method to detect signatures of Majorana fermions in hybrid devices by employing the sensitive apparatus of the superconducting charge-qubit architecture and its efficient coupling to microwave photons. In the charge and transmon regimes of this device, we find robust signatures of the underlying Majorana fermions that are, remarkably, not washed out by the smallness of the Majorana contribution to the Josephson current. It is predicted that at special gate bias points the photon-qubit coupling can be switched off via quantum interference, and in other points it is exponentially dependent on the control parameter EJ/EC. We propose that this device could be used to manipulate the quantum state of the Majorana fermion and realize a tunable high coherence four-level system in the superconducting-circuit architecture.

  13. Disordered graphene Josephson junctions

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    Muñoz, W. A.; Covaci, L.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-02-01

    A tight-binding approach based on the Chebyshev-Bogoliubov-de Gennes method is used to describe disordered single-layer graphene Josephson junctions. Scattering by vacancies, ripples, or charged impurities is included. We compute the Josephson current and investigate the nature of multiple Andreev reflections, which induce bound states appearing as peaks in the density of states for energies below the superconducting gap. In the presence of single-atom vacancies, we observe a strong suppression of the supercurrent, which is a consequence of strong intervalley scattering. Although lattice deformations should not induce intervalley scattering, we find that the supercurrent is still suppressed, which is due to the presence of pseudomagnetic barriers. For charged impurities, we consider two cases depending on whether the average doping is zero, i.e., existence of electron-hole puddles, or finite. In both cases, short-range impurities strongly affect the supercurrent, similar to the vacancies scenario.

  14. Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics for Superconducting Qubit Circuits

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    Hover, David; Peng, Weina; Sendelbach, Steven; Eriksson, Mark; McDermott, Robert

    2009-03-01

    Superconducting qubit energy relaxation times are limited by microwave loss induced by a continuum of two-level state (TLS) defects in the dielectric materials of the circuit. State-of-the-art phase qubit circuits employ a micron-scale Josephson junction shunted by an external capacitor. In this case, the qubit T1 time is directly proportional to the quality factor (Q) of the capacitor dielectric. The amorphous capacitor dielectrics that have been used to date display intrinsic Q of order 10^3 to 10^4. Shunt capacitors with a Q of 10^6 are required to extend qubit T1 times well into the microsecond range. Crystalline dielectric materials are an attractive candidate for qubit capacitor dielectrics, due to the extremely low density of TLS defects. However, the robust integration of crystalline dielectrics with superconducting qubit circuits remains a challenge. Here we describe a novel approach to the realization of high-Q crystalline capacitor dielectrics for superconducting qubit circuits. The capacitor dielectric is a crystalline silicon nanomembrane. We discuss characterization of crystalline silicon capacitors with low-power microwave transport measurements at millikelvin temperatures. In addition, we report progress on integrating the crystalline capacitor process with Josephson qubit fabrication.

  15. Simultaneous monitoring of fluxonium qubits in a waveguide

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    Kou, A.; Smith, W. C.; Vool, U.; Pop, I. M.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    Building quantum computers and quantum simulators requires separate control and readout of multiple qubits. We present an architecture for multiplexed readout of fluxonium qubits. We measured lifetimes in excess of 100 us for such artificial atoms placed in a wide-bandwidth electromagnetic environment. We use cascaded Josephson parametric converters to measure the quantum jumps of two fluxonium qubits simultaneously. Our method can access correlations between different qubits and can easily be scaled to read out larger numbers of qubits. Work supported by: ARO, ONR, AFOSR, and YINQE.

  16. Restoring interlayer Josephson coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 by charge transfer melting of stripe order

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    Khanna, V.; Mankowsky, R.; Petrich, M.; ...

    2016-06-30

    Here, we show that disruption of charge-density-wave (stripe) order by charge transfer excitation, enhances the superconducting phase rigidity in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4. Time-resolved resonant soft x-ray diffraction demonstrates that charge order melting is prompt following near-infrared photoexcitation whereas the crystal structure remains intact for moderate fluences. THz time-domain spectroscopy reveals that, for the first 2 ps following photoexcitation, a new Josephson plasma resonance edge, at higher frequency with respect to the equilibrium edge, is induced indicating enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling. Furthermore, the fluence dependence of the charge-order melting and the enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling are correlated with a saturation limit of ~0.5mJ/cm2.more » When using a combination of x-ray and optical spectroscopies we establish a hierarchy of timescales between enhanced superconductivity, melting of charge order, and rearrangement of the crystal structure.« less

  17. Josephson Devices

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    Barone, Antonio; Pagano, Sergio

    In this chapter we briefly review the main applications of Josephson effect together with the most successful devices realized. We will give an overview of the various devices, providing also some basic concepts of the underlying physical mechanisms involved, and the associated limit performances. Some considerations on the concrete possibilities of successful "market ready" implementation will also be given.

  18. Optimal control of a charge qubit in a double quantum dot with a Coulomb impurity

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    Coden, Diego S. Acosta; Romero, Rodolfo H.; Ferrón, Alejandro; Gomez, Sergio S.

    2017-02-01

    We study the efficiency of modulated external electric pulses to produce efficient and fast charge localization transitions in a two-electron double quantum dot. We use a configuration interaction method to calculate the electronic structure of a quantum dot model within the effective mass approximation. The interaction with the electric field is considered within the dipole approximation and optimal control theory is applied to design high-fidelity ultrafast pulses in pristine samples. We assessed the influence of the presence of Coulomb charged impurities on the efficiency and speed of the pulses. A protocol based on a two-step optimization is proposed for preserving both advantages of the original pulse. The processes affecting the charge localization is explained from the dipole transitions of the lowest lying two-electron states, as described by a discrete model with an effective electron-electron interaction.

  19. Protected gates for superconducting qubits

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    Brooks, Peter; Kitaev, Alexei; Preskill, John

    2013-05-01

    We analyze the accuracy of quantum phase gates acting on “0-π qubits” in superconducting circuits, where the gates are protected against thermal and Hamiltonian noise by continuous-variable quantum error-correcting codes. The gates are executed by turning on and off a tunable Josephson coupling between an LC oscillator and a qubit or pair of qubits; assuming perfect qubits, we show that the gate errors are exponentially small when the oscillator's impedance L/C is large compared to ℏ/4e2≈1kΩ. The protected gates are not computationally universal by themselves, but a scheme for universal fault-tolerant quantum computation can be constructed by combining them with unprotected noisy operations. We validate our analytic arguments with numerical simulations.

  20. Rabi Oscillation in a Superconducting Flux Qubit

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    Semba, K.; Tanaka, H.; Saito, S.; Kutsuzawa, T.; Nakano, H.; Takayanagi, H.; Ueda, M.

    2004-03-01

    We have observed coherent oscillation between the two lowest-energy quantum levels of a superconducting flux qubit which consists of three Josephson junctions in a loop. Resonant microwave pulses induce coherent quantum oscillations between the bonding state and the anti-bonding state of clockwise and counter-clockwise macroscopic persistent supercurrents in the qubit loop. We performed a switching-event measurements through the SQUID which is surrounding the qubit. This is the first demonstration of Rabi oscillations in the type of a flux qubit in which a qubit and a detector SQUID are spatially separated. This design has the distinct advantage of being immune to invasion of quasiparticles which are generated upon the switching of the detector SQUID to a voltage state and are thought as one of serious sources of decoherence. These results are promising for future scaled-up solid state quantum computing devices.

  1. Design of a ballistic fluxon qubit readout

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    Herr Kidiyarova-Shevchenko, Anna; Fedorov, Arkady; Shnirman, Alexander; Il'ichev, Evgeny; Schön, Gerd

    2007-11-01

    A detailed design is given for a flux qubit readout using ballistic fluxons. In this scheme, fluxons propagate through an underdamped Josephson transmission line (JTL) coupled to the qubit, whose state affects the fluxon propagation time. For strong qubit-JTL coupling, and far from the symmetry point, a qubit can be measured with fidelity greater than 99% and measurement time of 4 ns. The readout circuit requires additional rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) interface circuitry to launch and receive the delayed flux solitons. The parameters of this driver and receiver have been optimized to produce low fluxon speed at launch and impedance matching at the receiver. The delayed solitons are compared to a reference line using a detector with time resolution of better than 16 ps. Both the JTL and RSFQ interface were designed for the Nb 30 A cm-2 process developed at VTT, Finland, with postdeposition of the Al qubit at IPHT, Germany.

  2. SCB Quantum Computers Using iSWAP and 1-Qubit Rotations

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    Williams, Colin; Echtemach, Pierre

    2005-01-01

    Units of superconducting circuitry that exploit the concept of the single- Cooper-pair box (SCB) have been built and are undergoing testing as prototypes of logic gates that could, in principle, constitute building blocks of clocked quantum computers. These units utilize quantized charge states as the quantum information-bearing degrees of freedom. An SCB is an artificial two-level quantum system that comprises a nanoscale superconducting electrode connected to a reservoir of Cooper-pair charges via a Josephson junction. The logical quantum states of the device, .0. and .1., are implemented physically as a pair of charge-number states that differ by 2e (where e is the charge of an electron). Typically, some 109 Cooper pairs are involved. Transitions between the logical states are accomplished by tunneling of Cooper pairs through the Josephson junction. Although the two-level system contains a macroscopic number of charges, in the superconducting regime, they behave collectively, as a Bose-Einstein condensate, making possible a coherent superposition of the two logical states. This possibility makes the SCB a candidate for the physical implementation of a qubit. A set of quantum logic operations and the gates that implement them is characterized as universal if, in principle, one can form combinations of the operations in the set to implement any desired quantum computation. To be able to design a practical quantum computer, one must first specify how to decompose any valid quantum computation into a sequence of elementary 1- and 2-qubit quantum gates that are universal and that can be realized in hardware that is feasible to fabricate. Traditionally, the set of universal gates has been taken to be the set of all 1-qubit quantum gates in conjunction with the controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate, which is a 2-qubit gate. Also, it has been known for some time that the SWAP gate, which implements square root of the simple 2-qubit exchange interaction, is as computationally

  3. Microwave readout of Majorana qubits

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    Ohm, C.; Hassler, F.

    2015-02-01

    Majorana qubits offer a promising way to store and manipulate quantum information by encoding it into the state of Majorana zero modes. As the information is stored in a topological property of the system, local noise cannot lead to decoherence. Manipulation of the information is achieved by braiding the zero modes. The measurement, however, is challenging as the information is well hidden and thus inherently hard to access. Here, we discuss a setup for measuring the state of a Majorana qubit by employing standard tools of microwave engineering. The basic physical effect that we employ is the fact that a voltage-biased Josephson junction hosting Majorana fermions allows photons to be emitted and absorbed at half the Josephson frequency. We show that in the dispersive regime, our setup allows us to perform a quantum nondemolition measurement and to reach the quantum limit. An appealing feature of our setup is that the interaction of the Majorana qubit with the measurement device can be turned on and off at will by changing the dc bias of the junction.

  4. Squeezed States in Josephson Junctions.

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    Hu, X.; Nori, F.

    1996-03-01

    We have studied quantum fluctuation properties of Josephson junctions in the limit of large Josephson coupling energy and small charging energy, when the eigenstates of the system can be treated as being nearly localized. We have considered(X. Hu and F. Nori, preprints.) a Josephson junction in a variety of situations, e.g., coupled to one or several of the following elements: a capacitor, an inductor (in a superconducting ring), and an applied current source. By solving an effective Shrödinger equation, we have obtained squeezed vacuum (coherent) states as the ground states of a ``free-oscillating'' (linearly-driven) Josephson junction, and calculated the uncertainties of its canonical momentum, charge, and coordinate, phase. We have also shown that the excited states of the various systems we consider are similar to the number states of a simple harmonic oscillator but with different fluctuation properties. Furthermore, we have obtained the time-evolution operators for these systems. These operators can make it easier to calculate the time-dependence of the expectation values and fluctuations of various quantities starting from an arbitrary initial state.

  5. Stationary Josephson current in junctions involving d-wave superconductors with charge density waves: the temperature dependence and deviations from the law of corresponding states

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    Gabovich, Alexander M.; Li, Mai Suan; Szymczak, Henryk; Voitenko, Alexander I.

    2014-05-01

    Stationary Josephson current I c in symmetric and non-symmetric junctions involving d-wave superconductors with charge density waves (CDWs) was calculated. It was found that, if CDWs are weak or absent, there exists an approximate proportionality between I c and the product of superconducting order parameters in the electrodes (the law of corresponding states) for several factors affecting those quantities, such as the temperature, T, or one of the parameters characterizing the combined CDW superconducting phase (the degree of the Fermi surface dielectric gapping and the ratio between the parent superconducting and CDW order parameters). Otherwise, the dependences I c ( T) were shown to deviate from those in the absence of CDWs, and the relevant corresponding-state dependences from linearity, the deviations being especially strong at certain rotation angles of crystalline electodes with respect to the junction plane. Hence, making use of specially designed experimental setups and analyzing the I c ( T) and corresponding-state dependences, the existence of CDWs in cuprates and other non-conventional superconductors can be detected.

  6. Superconducting qubits can be coupled and addressed as trapped ions

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    Liu, Y. X.; Wei, L. F.; Johansson, J. R.; Tsai, J. S.; Nori, F.

    2009-03-01

    Exploiting the intrinsic nonlinearity of superconducting Josephson junctions, we propose a scalable circuit with superconducting qubits (SCQs) which is very similar to the successful one now being used for trapped ions. The SCQs are coupled to the ``vibrational'' mode provided by a superconducting LC circuit or its equivalent (e.g., a superconducting quantum interference device). Both single-qubit rotations and qubit-LC-circuit couplings and/or decouplings can be controlled by the frequencies of the time-dependent magnetic fluxes. The circuit is scalable since the qubit-qubit interactions, mediated by the LC circuit, can be selectively performed, and the information transfer can be realized in a controllable way. [4pt] Y.X. Liu, L.F. Wei, J.R. Johansson, J.S. Tsai, F. Nori, Superconducting qubits can be coupled and addressed as trapped ions, Phys. Rev. B 76, 144518 (2007). URL: http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v76/e144518

  7. Improved superconducting qubit coherence using titanium nitride

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    Chang, Josephine B.; Vissers, Michael R.; Córcoles, Antonio D.; Sandberg, Martin; Gao, Jiansong; Abraham, David W.; Chow, Jerry M.; Gambetta, Jay M.; Beth Rothwell, Mary; Keefe, George A.; Steffen, Matthias; Pappas, David P.

    2013-07-01

    We demonstrate enhanced relaxation and dephasing times of transmon qubits, up to ˜60 μs, by fabricating the interdigitated shunting capacitors using titanium nitride (TiN). Compared to qubits made with lift-off aluminum deposited simultaneously with the Josephson junction, this represents as much as a six-fold improvement and provides evidence that surface losses from two-level system (TLS) defects residing at or near interfaces contribute to decoherence. Concurrently, we observe an anomalous temperature dependent frequency shift of TiN resonators, which is inconsistent with the predicted TLS model.

  8. Superfluid qubit systems with ring shaped optical lattices

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    Amico, Luigi; Aghamalyan, Davit; Auksztol, Filip; Crepaz, Herbert; Dumke, Rainer; Kwek, Leong Chuan

    2014-01-01

    We study an experimentally feasible qubit system employing neutral atomic currents. Our system is based on bosonic cold atoms trapped in ring-shaped optical lattice potentials. The lattice makes the system strictly one dimensional and it provides the infrastructure to realize a tunable ring-ring interaction. Our implementation combines the low decoherence rates of neutral cold atoms systems, overcoming single site addressing, with the robustness of topologically protected solid state Josephson flux qubits. Characteristic fluctuations in the magnetic fields affecting Josephson junction based flux qubits are expected to be minimized employing neutral atoms as flux carriers. By breaking the Galilean invariance we demonstrate how atomic currents through the lattice provide an implementation of a qubit. This is realized either by artificially creating a phase slip in a single ring, or by tunnel coupling of two homogeneous ring lattices. The single qubit infrastructure is experimentally investigated with tailored optical potentials. Indeed, we have experimentally realized scaled ring-lattice potentials that could host, in principle, n ~ 10 of such ring-qubits, arranged in a stack configuration, along the laser beam propagation axis. An experimentally viable scheme of the two-ring-qubit is discussed, as well. Based on our analysis, we provide protocols to initialize, address, and read-out the qubit. PMID:24599096

  9. Superfluid qubit systems with ring shaped optical lattices.

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    Amico, Luigi; Aghamalyan, Davit; Auksztol, Filip; Crepaz, Herbert; Dumke, Rainer; Kwek, Leong Chuan

    2014-03-06

    We study an experimentally feasible qubit system employing neutral atomic currents. Our system is based on bosonic cold atoms trapped in ring-shaped optical lattice potentials. The lattice makes the system strictly one dimensional and it provides the infrastructure to realize a tunable ring-ring interaction. Our implementation combines the low decoherence rates of neutral cold atoms systems, overcoming single site addressing, with the robustness of topologically protected solid state Josephson flux qubits. Characteristic fluctuations in the magnetic fields affecting Josephson junction based flux qubits are expected to be minimized employing neutral atoms as flux carriers. By breaking the Galilean invariance we demonstrate how atomic currents through the lattice provide an implementation of a qubit. This is realized either by artificially creating a phase slip in a single ring, or by tunnel coupling of two homogeneous ring lattices. The single qubit infrastructure is experimentally investigated with tailored optical potentials. Indeed, we have experimentally realized scaled ring-lattice potentials that could host, in principle, n ~ 10 of such ring-qubits, arranged in a stack configuration, along the laser beam propagation axis. An experimentally viable scheme of the two-ring-qubit is discussed, as well. Based on our analysis, we provide protocols to initialize, address, and read-out the qubit.

  10. Remote entanglement of transmon qubits

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    Hatridge, M.; Sliwa, K.; Narla, A.; Shankar, S.; Leghtas, Z.; Mirrahimi, M.; Girvin, S. M.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-03-01

    An open challenge in quantum information processing with superconducting circuits is to entangle distant (non-nearest neighbor) qubits. This can be accomplished by entangling the qubits with flying microwave oscillators (traveling pulses), and then performing joint operations on a pair of these oscillators. Remarkably, such a process is embedded in the act of phase-preserving amplification, which transforms two input modes (termed signal and idler) into a two-mode squeezed output state. For an ideal system, this process generates heralded, perfectly entangled states between remote qubits with a fifty percent success rate. For an imperfect system, the loss of information from the flying states degrades the purity of the entanglement. We show data on such a protocol involving two transmon qubits imbedded in superconducting cavities connected to the signal and idler inputs of a Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC) operated as a nearly-quantum limited phase-preserving amplifier. Strategies for optimizing performance will also be discussed. Work supported by: IARPA, ARO, and NSF.

  11. Polyoxometalates as spin qubits

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    Gaita-Ariño, A.; Aldamen, M.; Clemente-Juan, J.-M.; Coronado, E.; Lehmann, J.; Loss, D.; Stamp, P.

    2008-03-01

    Polyoxometalates (POMs) are discrete fragments of metal oxides, clusters of regular MOn polyhedra. POMs show a remarkable flexibility in composition, structure and charge state, and thus can be designed according to specific electric and magnetic needs. The two localized spins with S = 1/2 on the V atoms in [PMo12O40(VO)2]^q- can be coupled through the delocalized electrons of the central core. This system was recently used for a theoretical scheme involving two-qubit gates and readout: the electrical manipulation of the molecular redox potential changes the charge of the core and thus the effective magnetic exchange between the qubits. Polyoxometalates can encapsulate magnetic ions, protecting them by a diamagnetic shell of controlled geometry. A great potential of POMs as spin qubits is that they can be constructed using only even elements, such as O, W, Mo and/or Si. Thus, there is a high abundance of polyoxometalate molecules without any nuclear spin, which could result in unusually low decoherence rates. There is currently an effort involving highly anisotropic, high magnetic moment, lanthanide@polyoxometalate molecules acting as spin qubits.

  12. Three-electron spin qubits

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    2017-10-01

    The goal of this article is to review the progress of three-electron spin qubits from their inception to the state of the art. We direct the main focus towards the exchange-only qubit (Bacon et al 2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 1758-61, DiVincenzo et al 2000 Nature 408 339) and its derived versions, e.g. the resonant exchange (RX) qubit, but we also discuss other qubit implementations using three electron spins. For each three-spin qubit we describe the qubit model, the envisioned physical realization, the implementations of single-qubit operations, as well as the read-out and initialization schemes. Two-qubit gates and decoherence properties are discussed for the RX qubit and the exchange-only qubit, thereby completing the list of requirements for quantum computation for a viable candidate qubit implementation. We start by describing the full system of three electrons in a triple quantum dot, then discuss the charge-stability diagram, restricting ourselves to the relevant subsystem, introduce the qubit states, and discuss important transitions to other charge states (Russ et al 2016 Phys. Rev. B 94 165411). Introducing the various qubit implementations, we begin with the exchange-only qubit (DiVincenzo et al 2000 Nature 408 339, Laird et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 82 075403), followed by the RX qubit (Medford et al 2013 Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 050501, Taylor et al 2013 Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 050502), the spin-charge qubit (Kyriakidis and Burkard 2007 Phys. Rev. B 75 115324), and the hybrid qubit (Shi et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 140503, Koh et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 250503, Cao et al 2016 Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 086801, Thorgrimsson et al 2016 arXiv:1611.04945). The main focus will be on the exchange-only qubit and its modification, the RX qubit, whose single-qubit operations are realized by driving the qubit at its resonant frequency in the microwave range similar to electron spin resonance. Two different types of two-qubit operations are presented for the exchange

  13. Three-electron spin qubits.

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    2017-10-04

    The goal of this article is to review the progress of three-electron spin qubits from their inception to the state of the art. We direct the main focus towards the exchange-only qubit (Bacon et al 2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 1758-61, DiVincenzo et al 2000 Nature 408 339) and its derived versions, e.g. the resonant exchange (RX) qubit, but we also discuss other qubit implementations using three electron spins. For each three-spin qubit we describe the qubit model, the envisioned physical realization, the implementations of single-qubit operations, as well as the read-out and initialization schemes. Two-qubit gates and decoherence properties are discussed for the RX qubit and the exchange-only qubit, thereby completing the list of requirements for quantum computation for a viable candidate qubit implementation. We start by describing the full system of three electrons in a triple quantum dot, then discuss the charge-stability diagram, restricting ourselves to the relevant subsystem, introduce the qubit states, and discuss important transitions to other charge states (Russ et al 2016 Phys. Rev. B 94 165411). Introducing the various qubit implementations, we begin with the exchange-only qubit (DiVincenzo et al 2000 Nature 408 339, Laird et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 82 075403), followed by the RX qubit (Medford et al 2013 Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 050501, Taylor et al 2013 Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 050502), the spin-charge qubit (Kyriakidis and Burkard 2007 Phys. Rev. B 75 115324), and the hybrid qubit (Shi et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 140503, Koh et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 250503, Cao et al 2016 Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 086801, Thorgrimsson et al 2016 arXiv:1611.04945). The main focus will be on the exchange-only qubit and its modification, the RX qubit, whose single-qubit operations are realized by driving the qubit at its resonant frequency in the microwave range similar to electron spin resonance. Two different types of two-qubit operations are presented for the exchange

  14. Hybrid-free Josephson Parametric Converter

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    Frattini, N. E.; Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Shankar, S.; Hatridge, M.; Devoret, M. H.

    A necessary component for any quantum computation architecture is the ability to perform efficient quantum operations. In the microwave regime of superconducting qubits, these quantum-limited operations can be realized with a non-degenerate Josephson junction based three-wave mixer, the Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC). Currently, the quantum signal of interest must pass through a lossy 180 degree hybrid to be presented as a differential drive to the JPC. This hybrid therefore places a limit on the quantum efficiency of the system and also increases the device footprint. We present a new design for the JPC eliminating the need for any external hybrid. We also show that this design has nominally identical performance to the conventional JPC. Work supported by ARO, AFOSR and YINQE.

  15. 3-wave mixing Josephson dipole element

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    Frattini, N. E.; Vool, U.; Shankar, S.; Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Devoret, M. H.

    2017-05-01

    Parametric conversion and amplification based on three-wave mixing are powerful primitives for efficient quantum operations. For superconducting qubits, such operations can be realized with a quadrupole Josephson junction element, the Josephson Ring Modulator, which behaves as a loss-less three-wave mixer. However, combining multiple quadrupole elements is a difficult task so it would be advantageous to have a three-wave dipole element that could be tessellated for increased power handling and/or information throughput. Here, we present a dipole circuit element with third-order nonlinearity, which implements three-wave mixing. Experimental results for a non-degenerate amplifier based on the proposed third-order nonlinearity are reported.

  16. Quantum computing with Josephson junction circuits

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    Xu, Huizhong

    This work concerns the study of Josephson junction circuits in the context of their usability for quantum computing. The zero-voltage state of a current-biased Josephson junction has a set of metastable quantum energy levels. If a junction is well isolated from its environment, it will be possible to use the two lowest states as a qubit in a quantum computer. I first examine the meaning of isolation theoretically. Using a master equation, I analyzed the effect of dissipation on escape rates and suggested a simple method, population depletion technique, to measure the relaxation time (T1). Using a stochastic Bloch equation to analyze the dependence of microwave resonance peak width on current noise, I found decoherence due to current noise depends on the noise spectrum. For high frequency noise with a cutoff frequency fc much larger than 1/T1, I found decoherence due to noise can be described by a dephasing rate that is proportional to the noise spectral density. However, for low frequency noise such that its cutoff frequency fc is much smaller than 1/T 1, decoherence due to noise depends on the total rms current noise. I then analyze and test a few qubit isolation schemes, including resistive isolation, inductor-capacitor (LC) isolation, half-wavelength resonant isolation and inductor-junction (LJ) isolation. I found the resistive isolation scheme has a severe heating problem. Macroscopic quantum tunneling and energy level quantization were observed in the LC isolated Nb/AlOx/Nb and AL/ALOx/Al junction qubits at 25 mK. Relaxation times of 4--12 ns and spectroscopic coherence times of 1--3 ns were obtained for these LC isolated qubits. I found the half-wavelength isolated junction qubit has a relaxation time of about 20 ns measured by the population-depletion techniques, but no energy levels were observed in this qubit. Experimental results suggest the LJ isolated qubit has a longer relaxation and coherence times than all my previously examined samples. Using a

  17. State Preparation and Readout of Fluxon Qubit by RSFQ Circuitry

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    Ustinov, Alexey

    2002-07-01

    This report results from a contract tasking University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as follows: The contractor will investigate the use of Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) logic circuitry to read qubits in 3-micron wide Josephson transmission line (JTL). He will construct semiconductor chips as necessary to test his theories on RSFQ circuitry and document his findings in a final report.

  18. Investigation of Limiting Decoherence Mechanisms in Xmon Qubits

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    Quintana, C. M.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Fowler, A. G.; Hoi, I.-C.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Megrant, A.; Mutus, J.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T. C.; Cleland, A. N.; Martinis, J. M.

    2015-03-01

    Xmon-style transmon qubits have demonstrated a high level of coherence and controllability, enabling high-fidelity quantum gates and measurement at the levels required for surface code error correction. However, decoherence is still a limiting factor for fidelities, and further improvements to coherence could significantly reduce the overhead required to build a fault-tolerant quantum computer. We report on relaxation and dephasing mechanisms relevant to the Xmon qubit. In particular, we discuss dielectric loss from stray Josephson junctions and the dependence of dephasing on qubit temperature.

  19. Fabrication and characterization of low loss and high inductance Josephson tunnel junction chains for quantum circuits

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    Grabon, Nicholas; Solovyeva, Natalya; Nguyen, Long; Lin, Yen-Hsiang; Manucharyan, Vladimir

    Linear chains of tightly packed Josephson junctions can realize a very high kinetic inductance circuit element, superinductance, with minimal losses. Superinductance is used in a conventional fluxonium qubit, but it has also been put forward as a key element of a fault-tolerant quantum circuits toolbox. We report fabrication and microwave characterization of linear Al/AlOx/Al Josephson tunnel junction chains and discuss their advantages and limitations as superinductors

  20. Parametric amplification by coupled flux qubits

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    Rehák, M.; Neilinger, P.; Grajcar, M.; Oelsner, G.; Hübner, U.; Meyer, H.-G.; Il'ichev, E.

    2014-04-21

    We report parametric amplification of a microwave signal in a Kerr medium formed from superconducting qubits. Two mutually coupled flux qubits, embedded in the current antinode of a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator, are used as a nonlinear element. Shared Josephson junctions provide the qubit-resonator coupling, resulting in a device with a tunable Kerr constant (up to 3 × 10{sup −3}) and a measured gain of about 20 dB. This arrangement represents a unit cell which can be straightforwardly extended to a quasi one-dimensional quantum metamaterial with large tunable Kerr nonlinearity, providing a basis for implementation of wide-band travelling wave parametric amplifiers.

  1. Cat-qubits for quantum computation

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    Mirrahimi, Mazyar

    2016-08-01

    The development of quantum Josephson circuits has created a strong expectation for reliable processing of quantum information. While this progress has already led to various proof-of-principle experiments on small-scale quantum systems, a major scaling step is required towards many-qubit protocols. Fault-tolerant computation with protected logical qubits usually comes at the expense of a significant overhead in the hardware. Each of the involved physical qubits still needs to satisfy the best achieved properties (coherence times, coupling strengths and tunability). Here, and in the aim of addressing alternative approaches to deal with these obstacles, I overview a series of recent theoretical proposals, and the experimental developments following these proposals, to enable a hardware-efficient paradigm for quantum memory protection and universal quantum computation. xml:lang="fr"

  2. Systematic Design of Tuned Transmon Qubits

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    Abraham, David; Gambetta, Jay M.; Chow, Jerry M.; Srinivasan, Srikanth; Steffen, Matthias

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate a systematic method for designing two-dimensional superconducting transmon qubits with highly controllable and reproducible properties, including anharmonicity, resonant frequency and the ratio Ej/Ec. The main source of variation in these qubit properties is shown to be due to spreads in the critical current of the Josephson junction connecting the transmon capacitor pads. This technique is illustrated in a series of qubits with a range of properties, culminating in a design which accurately meets the desired operating point for multiqubit operation, and in addition obtains coherence times 2x higher than previously obtained, using conventional materials and fabrication methods. We acknowledge support from IARPA under contract W911NF-10-1-0324.

  3. High-Fidelity Measurements of Long-Lived Flux Qubits

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    Hover, David; Macklin, Chris; O'Brien, Kevin; Sears, Adam; Yoder, Jonilyn; Gudmundsen, Ted; Kerman, Jamie; Bolkhovsky, Vladimir; Tolpygo, Sergey; Fitch, George; Weir, Terry; Kamal, Archana; Gustavsson, Simon; Yan, Fei; Birenbaum, Jeff; Siddiqi, Irfan; Orlando, Terry; Clarke, John; Oliver, Will

    2015-03-01

    We report on high-fidelity dispersive measurements of a long-lived flux qubit using a Josephson superconducting traveling wave parametric amplifier (JTWPA). A capacitively shunted flux qubit that incorporates high-Q MBE aluminum will have longer relaxation and dephasing times when compared to a conventional flux qubit, while also maintaining the large anharmonicity necessary for complex gate operations. The JTWPA relies on a Josephson junction embedded transmission line to deliver broadband, nonreciprocal gain with large dynamic range. This research was funded in part by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA); and by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering under Air Force Contract number FA8721-05-C-0002. All statements of fact, opinion or conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the official views or policies of

  4. Error-reducing sequence for capacitively coupled singlet-triplet qubits

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    Calderon-Vargas, Fernando; Kestner, Jason

    Two-qubit gates can be implemented by capacitively coupling singlet-triplet qubits, which has been experimentally demonstrated to be capable of generating entangling operations. However, the fidelity of the entangling two-qubit gates is still far from optimum. In this light, we propose a two-qubit entangling echo sequence that reduces drastically the two-qubit decoherence due to the Overhauser field fluctuation and improves the fidelity of two-qubit gates under charge noise.

  5. How to implement a quantum algorithm on a large number of qubits by controlling one central qubit

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    Zagoskin, Alexander; Ashhab, Sahel; Johansson, J. R.; Nori, Franco

    2010-03-01

    It is desirable to minimize the number of control parameters needed to perform a quantum algorithm. We show that, under certain conditions, an entire quantum algorithm can be efficiently implemented by controlling a single central qubit in a quantum computer. We also show that the different system parameters do not need to be designed accurately during fabrication. They can be determined through the response of the central qubit to external driving. Our proposal is well suited for hybrid architectures that combine microscopic and macroscopic qubits. More details can be found in: A.M. Zagoskin, S. Ashhab, J.R. Johansson, F. Nori, Quantum two-level systems in Josephson junctions as naturally formed qubits, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 077001 (2006); and S. Ashhab, J.R. Johansson, F. Nori, Rabi oscillations in a qubit coupled to a quantum two-level system, New J. Phys. 8, 103 (2006).

  6. Theoretical issues in silicon quantum dot qubits

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    Koh, Teck Seng

    Electrically-gated quantum dots in semiconductors is an excellent architecture on which to make qubits for quantum information processing. Silicon is attractive because of the potential for excellent manipulability, scalability, and for integration with classical electronics. This thesis describes several aspects of the theoretical issues related to quantum dot qubits in silicon. It may be broadly divided into three parts — (1) the hybrid qubit and quantum gates, (2) decoherence and (3) charge transport. In the first part, we present a novel architecture for a double quantum dot spin qubit, which we term the hybrid qubit, and demonstrate that implementing this qubit in silicon is feasible. Next, we consider both AC and DC quantum gating protocols and compare the optimal fidelities for these protocols that can be achieved for both the hybrid qubit and the more traditional singlet-triplet qubit. In the second part, we present evidence that silicon offers superior coherence properties by analyzing experimental data from which charge dephasing and spin relaxation times are extracted. We show that the internal degrees of freedom of the hybrid qubit enhance charge coherence, and demonstrate tunable spin loading of a quantum dot. In the last part, we explain three key features of spin-dependent transport — spin blockade, lifetime-enhanced transport and spin-flip cotunneling. We explain how these features arise in the conventional two-electron as well as the unconventional three-electron regimes, using a theoretical model that captures the key characteristics observed in the data.

  7. Realization of Microwave Quantum Circuits Using Hybrid Superconducting-Semiconducting Nanowire Josephson Elements

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    de Lange, G.; van Heck, B.; Bruno, A.; van Woerkom, D. J.; Geresdi, A.; Plissard, S. R.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.; Akhmerov, A. R.; DiCarlo, L.

    2015-09-01

    We report the realization of quantum microwave circuits using hybrid superconductor-semiconductor Josephson elements comprised of InAs nanowires contacted by NbTiN. Capacitively shunted single elements behave as transmon circuits with electrically tunable transition frequencies. Two-element circuits also exhibit transmonlike behavior near zero applied flux but behave as flux qubits at half the flux quantum, where nonsinusoidal current-phase relations in the elements produce a double-well Josephson potential. These hybrid Josephson elements are promising for applications requiring microwave superconducting circuits operating in a magnetic field.

  8. Macroscopic quantum tunnelling in spin filter ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Pal, A.; Rotoli, G.; Longobardi, L.; Blamire, M. G.; Tafuri, F.

    2015-01-01

    The interfacial coupling of two materials with different ordered phases, such as a superconductor (S) and a ferromagnet (F), is driving new fundamental physics and innovative applications. For example, the creation of spin-filter Josephson junctions and the demonstration of triplet supercurrents have suggested the potential of a dissipationless version of spintronics based on unconventional superconductivity. Here we demonstrate evidence for active quantum applications of S-F-S junctions, through the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in Josephson junctions with GdN ferromagnetic insulator barriers. We show a clear transition from thermal to quantum regime at a crossover temperature of about 100 mK at zero magnetic field in junctions, which present clear signatures of unconventional superconductivity. Following previous demonstration of passive S-F-S phase shifters in a phase qubit, our result paves the way to the active use of spin filter Josephson systems in quantum hybrid circuits. PMID:26054495

  9. Macroscopic quantum tunnelling in spin filter ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Massarotti, D; Pal, A; Rotoli, G; Longobardi, L; Blamire, M G; Tafuri, F

    2015-06-09

    The interfacial coupling of two materials with different ordered phases, such as a superconductor (S) and a ferromagnet (F), is driving new fundamental physics and innovative applications. For example, the creation of spin-filter Josephson junctions and the demonstration of triplet supercurrents have suggested the potential of a dissipationless version of spintronics based on unconventional superconductivity. Here we demonstrate evidence for active quantum applications of S-F-S junctions, through the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in Josephson junctions with GdN ferromagnetic insulator barriers. We show a clear transition from thermal to quantum regime at a crossover temperature of about 100 mK at zero magnetic field in junctions, which present clear signatures of unconventional superconductivity. Following previous demonstration of passive S-F-S phase shifters in a phase qubit, our result paves the way to the active use of spin filter Josephson systems in quantum hybrid circuits.

  10. Circuit QED with phase-biased qubits

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    Bourassa, Jerome; Blais, Alexandre; Devoret, Michel; Schoelkopf, Robert

    2008-03-01

    Coupling of a superconducing charge qubit to a transmission line resonator has been shown to lead to the very strong coupling regime of cavity qubit [1]. In this talk, we will discuss an alternative approach to circuit QED based on the cavity bifurcation amplifier [2] and where a qubit is directly embedded in the resonator's center line. We will show that this type of phase bias leads to very strong coupling and/or non-linearities. Readout, decoherence rates and coupling of qubits in this architecture will be discussed. [1] A. Wallraff et al., Nature 431, 162 (2004). [2] M. Metcalfe et al., PRB 76, 174516 (2007).

  11. Characterization of an exchange-based two-qubit gate for resonant exchange qubits

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    Wardrop, Matthew P.; Doherty, Andrew C.

    2016-02-01

    Resonant exchange qubits are a promising addition to the family of experimentally implemented encodings of single qubits using semiconductor quantum dots. We have shown previously that it ought to be straightforward to perform a CPHASE gate between two resonant exchange qubits with a single exchange pulse. This approach uses energy gaps to suppress leakage rather than conventional pulse sequences. In this paper we present analysis and simulations of our proposed two-qubit gate subject to charge and Overhauser field noise at levels observed in current experiments. Our main result is that we expect implementations of our two-qubit gate to achieve high fidelities, with errors at the percent level and gate times comparable to single-qubit operations. As such, exchange-coupled resonant exchange qubits remain an attractive approach for quantum computing.

  12. Field theoretical model of multilayered Josephson junction and dynamics of Josephson vortices

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    Fujimori, Toshiaki; Iida, Hideaki; Nitta, Muneto

    2016-09-01

    Multilayered Josephson junctions are modeled in the context of a field theory, and dynamics of Josephson vortices trapped inside insulators are studied. Starting from a theory consisting of complex and real scalar fields coupled to a U(1) gauge field which admit parallel N -1 domain-wall solutions, Josephson couplings are introduced weakly between the complex scalar fields. The N -1 domain walls behave as insulators separating N superconductors, where one of the complex scalar fields has a gap. We construct the effective Lagrangian on the domain walls, which reduces to a coupled sine-Gordon model for well-separated walls and contains more interactions for walls at short distance. We then construct sine-Gordon solitons emerging in an effective theory in which we identify Josephson vortices carrying singly quantized magnetic fluxes. When two neighboring superconductors tend to have the same phase, the ground state does not change with the positions of domain walls (the width of superconductors). On the other hand, when two neighboring superconductors tend to have π -phase differences, the ground state has a phase transition depending on the positions of domain walls; when the two walls are close to each other (one superconductor is thin), frustration occurs because of the coupling between the two superconductors besides the thin superconductor. Focusing on the case of three superconductors separated by two insulators, we find for the former case that the interaction between two Josephson vortices on different insulators changes its nature, i.e., attractive or repulsive, depending on the positions of the domain walls. In the latter case, there emerges fractional Josephson vortices when two degenerate ground states appear due to spontaneous charge-symmetry breaking, and the number of the Josephson vortices varies with the position of the domain walls. Our predictions should be verified in multilayered Josephson junctions.

  13. Coherent dynamics in long fluxonium qubits

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    Rastelli, Gianluca; Vanević, Mihajlo; Belzig, Wolfgang

    2015-05-01

    We analyze the coherent dynamics of a fluxonium device (Manucharyan et al 2009 Science 326 113) formed by a superconducting ring of Josephson junctions in which strong quantum phase fluctuations are localized exclusively on a single weak element. In such a system, quantum phase tunnelling by 2π occurring at the weak element couples the states of the ring with supercurrents circulating in opposite directions, while the rest of the ring provides an intrinsic electromagnetic environment of the qubit. Taking into account the capacitive coupling between nearest neighbors and the capacitance to the ground, we show that the homogeneous part of the ring can sustain electrodynamic modes which couple to the two levels of the flux qubit. In particular, when the number of Josephson junctions is increased, several low-energy modes can have frequencies lower than the qubit frequency. This gives rise to a quasiperiodic dynamics, which manifests itself as a decay of oscillations between the two counterpropagating current states at short times, followed by oscillation-like revivals at later times. We analyze how the system approaches such a dynamics as the ring’s length is increased and discuss possible experimental implications of this non-adiabatic regime.

  14. Low-frequency Flux Noise in SQUIDs and Superconducting Qubits

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    Sendelbach, Steven; Hover, David; Kittel, Achim; Mueck, Michael; McDermott, Robert

    2008-03-01

    Superconducting qubits are a leading candidate for scalable quantum information processing. In order to realize the full potential of these qubits, it is necessary to develop a more complete understanding of the microscopic physics that governs dissipation and dephasing of the quantum state. In the case of the Josephson phase and flux qubits, the dominant dephasing mechanism is an apparent low-frequency magnetic flux noise with a 1/f spectrum. The origin of this excess noise is not understood. We report the results of SQUID measurements that explore the dependence of the excess low-frequency flux noise on SQUID inductance, geometry, materials, and temperature. We discuss contributions to the measured noise from temperature fluctuations, trapped vortices in the superconducting films, and surface magnetic states in the native oxides of the superconductors. We discuss implications of our measurements for qubit dephasing.

  15. Josephson-vortex Cherenkov radiation

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    Mints, R.G.; Snapiro, I.B.

    1995-10-01

    We predict the Josephson-vortex Cherenkov radiation of an electromagnetic wave. We treat a long one-dimensional Josephson junction. We consider the wavelength of the radiated electromagnetic wave to be much less than the Josephson penetration depth. We use for calculations the nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics. We find the expression for the radiated power and for the radiation friction force acting on a Josephson vortex and arising due to the Cherenkov radiation. We calculate the relation between the density of the bias current and the Josephson vortex velocity.

  16. Large Dispersive Shift of Cavity Resonance Induced by a Superconducting Flux Qubit in the Straddling Regime

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    Inomata, Kunihiro; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Billangeon, Pierre-M.; Lin, Zhirong; Nakamura, Yasunobu; Tsai, Jaw-Shen; Koshino, Kazuki

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate enhancement of the dispersive frequency shift in a coplanar waveguide resonator induced by a capacitively coupled superconducting flux qubit in the straddling regime. The magnitude of the observed shift, 80 MHz for the qubit-resonator detuning of 5 GHz, is quantitatively explained by the generalized Rabi model which takes into account the contribution of the qubit higher energy levels. By applying the enhanced dispersive shift to the qubit readout, we achieved 90 % contrast of the Rabi oscillations which is mainly limited by the energy relaxation of the qubit. We also discuss the qubit readout using a Josephson parametric amplifier. This work was supported by the MEXT Kakenhi ``Quantum Cybernetics'', the JSPS through its FIRST Program, and the NICT Commissioned Research.

  17. Long distance coupling of resonant exchange qubits

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    We investigate the effectiveness of a microwave cavity as a mediator of interactions between two resonant exchange (RX) qubits in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) over long distances, limited only by the extension of the cavity. Our interaction model includes the orthonormalized Wannier orbitals constructed from Fock-Darwin states under the assumption of a harmonic QD confinement potential. We calculate the qubit-cavity coupling strength gr in a Jaynes Cummings Hamiltonian, and find that dipole transitions between two states with an asymmetric charge configuration constitute the relevant RX qubit-cavity coupling mechanism. The effective coupling between two RX qubits in a shared cavity yields a universal two-qubit iSWAP-gate with gate times on the order of nanoseconds over distances on the order of up to a millimeter. Funded by ARO through Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0149.

  18. Long distance coupling of resonant exchange qubits

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the effectiveness of a microwave cavity as a mediator of interactions between two resonant exchange (RX) qubits in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) over long distances, limited only by the extension of the cavity. Our interaction model includes the orthonormalized Wannier orbitals constructed from Fock-Darwin states under the assumption of a harmonic QD confinement potential. We calculate the qubit-cavity coupling strength in a Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian and find that dipole transitions between two states with an asymmetric charge configuration constitute the relevant RX qubit-cavity coupling mechanism. The effective coupling between two RX qubits in a shared cavity yields a universal two-qubit iswap gate with gate times on the order of nanoseconds over distances on the order of up to a millimeter.

  19. Real-time tuning of a double quantum dot using a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Stehlik, J.; Liu, Y.-Y.; Quintana, C. M.; Eichler, C.; Hartke, T. R.; Petta, J. R.

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPAs) have enabled advances in readout of quantum systems. Here we demonstrate JPA-assisted readout of a cavity-coupled double quantum dot (DQD). Utilizing a JPA we improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) by a factor of 2000 compared to the situation with the parametric amplifier turned off. At an interdot charge transition we achieve a SNR of 76 (19 dB) with an integration time τ = 400 ns, which is limited by the linewidth of our cavity. By measuring the SNR as a function of τ we extract an equivalent charge sensitivity of 8 ×10-5 e /√{ Hz} . We develop a dual-gate-voltage rastering scheme that allows us to acquire a DQD charge stability diagram in just 20 ms. Such rapid data acquisition rates enable device tuning in live ``video-mode,'' where the results of parameter changes are immediately displayed. Live tuning allows the DQD confinement potential to be rapidly tuned, a capability that will become increasingly important as semiconductor spin qubits are scaled to a larger number of dots. Research is supported by the Packard Foundation, ARO Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0149, DARPA QuEST Grant No. HR0011-09-1-0007, and the NSF (Grants No. DMR-1409556 and DMR-1420541).

  20. Quantum Phase Slips in Topological Josephson Junction Rings

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    Rodriguez Mota, Rosa; Vishveshwara, Smitha; Pereg-Barnea, Tami

    We study quantum phase slip processes (QPS) in a ring of N topological superconducting islands joined by Josephson junctions and threaded by magnetic flux. In this array, neighboring islands interact through the usual charge 2e Josephson tunneling and the Majorana assisted charge e tunneling. When the charging energy associated with the island's capacitance is zero, the energy vs. flux relation of the system is characterized by parabolas centered around even or odd multiples of the superconducting flux quantum, depending on the parity of the system. For small but non-zero charging energy, quantum fluctuations can lead to tunneling between these classical states. In this work, we calculate the amplitude of these tunneling processes, commonly known as quantum phase slips. We also add gate voltages to our system and study how the amplitude of QPS in these topological Josephson array is modified by Aharanov-Casher interference effects.

  1. 3D Integration for Superconducting Qubits

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    Rosenberg, Danna; Yost, Donna-Ruth; Das, Rabindra; Hover, David; Racz, Livia; Weber, Steven; Yoder, Jonilyn; Kerman, Andrew; Oliver, William

    As the field of superconducting quantum computing advances from the few-qubit stage to large-scale fault-tolerant devices, scalability requirements will necessitate the use of standard 3D packaging and integration processes. While the field of 3D integration is well-developed, relatively little work has been performed to determine the compatibility of the associated processes with superconducting qubits. Qubit coherence time could potentially be affected by required process steps or by the proximity of an interposer that could introduce extra sources of charge or flux noise. As a first step towards a large-scale quantum information processor, we have used a flip-chip process to bond a chip with flux qubits to an interposer containing structures for qubit readout and control. We will present data on the effect of the presence of the interposer on qubit coherence time for various qubit-chip-interposer spacings and discuss the implications for integrated multi-qubit devices. This research was funded by the ODNI and IARPA under Air Force Contract No. FA8721-05-C-0002. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of ODNI, IARPA, or the US Government.

  2. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-01-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 – until ϕ0 > π – then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π − 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR. PMID:26511770

  3. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-10-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 - until ϕ0 > π - then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π - 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR.

  4. Simplifying the circuit of Josephson parametric converters

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Brink, Markus; Chavez-Garcia, Jose; Keefe, George

    Josephson parametric converters (JPCs) are quantum-limited three-wave mixing devices that can play various important roles in quantum information processing in the microwave domain, including amplification of quantum signals, transduction of quantum information, remote entanglement of qubits, nonreciprocal amplification, and circulation of signals. However, the input-output and biasing circuit of a state-of-the-art JPC consists of bulky components, i.e. two commercial off-chip broadband 180-degree hybrids, four phase-matched short coax cables, and one superconducting magnetic coil. Such bulky hardware significantly hinders the integration of JPCs in scalable quantum computing architectures. In my talk, I will present ideas on how to simplify the JPC circuit and show preliminary experimental results

  5. Semiconductor adiabatic qubits

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    Carroll, Malcolm S.; Witzel, Wayne; Jacobson, Noah Tobias; Ganti, Anand; Landahl, Andrew J.; Lilly, Michael; Nguyen, Khoi Thi; Bishop, Nathaniel; Carr, Stephen M.; Bussmann, Ezra; Nielsen, Erik; Levy, James Ewers; Blume-Kohout, Robin J.; Rahman, Rajib

    2016-12-27

    A quantum computing device that includes a plurality of semiconductor adiabatic qubits is described herein. The qubits are programmed with local biases and coupling terms between qubits that represent a problem of interest. The qubits are initialized by way of a tuneable parameter, a local tunnel coupling within each qubit, such that the qubits remain in a ground energy state, and that initial state is represented by the qubits being in a superposition of |0> and |1> states. The parameter is altered over time adiabatically or such that relaxation mechanisms maintain a large fraction of ground state occupation through decreasing the tunnel coupling barrier within each qubit with the appropriate schedule. The final state when tunnel coupling is effectively zero represents the solution state to the problem represented in the |0> and |1> basis, which can be accurately read at each qubit location.

  6. Josephson magnetic rotary valve

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    Soloviev, I. I.; Klenov, N. V.; Bakurskiy, S. V.; Bol'ginov, V. V.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.

    2014-12-15

    We propose a control element for a Josephson spin valve. It is a complex Josephson device containing ferromagnetic (F) layer in the weak-link area consisting of two regions, representing 0 and π Josephson junctions, respectively. The valve's state is defined by mutual orientations of the F-layer magnetization vector and boundary line between 0 and π sections of the device. We consider possible implementation of the control element by introduction of a thin normal metal layer in a part of the device area. By means of theoretical simulations, we study properties of the valve's structure as well as its operation, revealing such advantages as simplicity of control, high characteristic frequency, and good legibility of the basic states.

  7. Evidence for coherent quantum phase slips across a Josephson junction array

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    Manucharyan, Vladimir E.; Masluk, Nicholas A.; Kamal, Archana; Koch, Jens; Glazman, Leonid I.; Devoret, Michel H.

    2012-01-01

    Superconducting order in a sufficiently narrow and infinitely long wire is destroyed at zero temperature by quantum fluctuations, which induce 2π slips of the phase of the order parameter. However, in a finite-length wire, coherent quantum phase slips would manifest themselves simply as shifts of energy levels in the excitation spectrum of an electrical circuit incorporating this wire. The higher the phase slips' probability amplitude, the larger are the shifts. Phase slips occurring at different locations along the wire interfere with each other. Due to the Aharonov-Casher effect, the resulting full amplitude of a phase slip depends on the offset charges surrounding the wire. Slow temporal fluctuations of the offset charges make the phase-slip amplitudes random functions of time, and therefore turn energy level shifts into linewidths. We experimentally observed this effect on a long Josephson junction array acting as a “slippery” wire. The slip-induced linewidths, despite being only of order 100kHz, were resolved from the flux-dependent dephasing of the fluxonium qubit.

  8. Extending the coherence of a quantum dot hybrid qubit

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    Thorgrimsson, Brandur; Kim, Dohun; Yang, Yuan-Chi; Smith, L. W.; Simmons, C. B.; Ward, Daniel R.; Foote, Ryan H.; Corrigan, J.; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.; Eriksson, M. A.

    2017-08-01

    Identifying and ameliorating dominant sources of decoherence are important steps in understanding and improving quantum systems. Here, we show that the free induction decay time (T2*) and the Rabi decay rate (ΓRabi) of the quantum dot hybrid qubit can be increased by more than an order of magnitude by appropriate tuning of the qubit parameters and operating points. By operating in the spin-like regime of this qubit, and choosing parameters that increase the qubit's resilience to charge noise (which we show is presently the limiting noise source for this qubit), we achieve a Ramsey decay time T2* of 177 ns and a Rabi decay time 1/ΓRabi exceeding 1 μs. We find that the slowest ΓRabi is limited by fluctuations in the Rabi frequency induced by charge noise and not by fluctuations in the qubit energy itself.

  9. Stochastic master equation approach for analysis of remote entanglement with Josephson parametric converter amplifier

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    Silveri, M.; Zalys-Geller, E.; Hatridge, M.; Leghtas, Z.; Devoret, M. H.; Girvin, S. M.

    2015-03-01

    In the remote entanglement process, two distant stationary qubits are entangled with separate flying qubits and the which-path information is erased from the flying qubits by interference effects. As a result, an observer cannot tell from which of the two sources a signal came and the probabilistic measurement process generates perfect heralded entanglement between the two signal sources. Notably, the two stationary qubits are spatially separated and there is no direct interaction between them. We study two transmon qubits in superconducting cavities connected to a Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC). The qubit information is encoded in the traveling wave leaking out from each cavity. Remarkably, the quantum-limited phase-preserving amplification of two traveling waves provided by the JPC can work as a which-path information eraser. By using a stochastic master approach we demonstrate the probabilistic production of heralded entangled states and that unequal qubit-cavity pairs can be made indistinguishable by simple engineering of driving fields. Additionally, we will derive measurement rates, measurement optimization strategies and discuss the effects of finite amplification gain, cavity losses, and qubit relaxations and dephasing. Work supported by IARPA, ARO and NSF.

  10. High-fidelity qubit measurement with a microwave-photon counter

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    Govia, Luke C. G.; Pritchett, Emily J.; Xu, Canran; Plourde, B. L. T.; Vavilov, Maxim G.; Wilhelm, Frank K.; McDermott, R.

    2014-12-01

    High-fidelity, efficient quantum nondemolition readout of quantum bits is integral to the goal of quantum computation. As superconducting circuits approach the requirements of scalable, universal fault tolerance, qubit readout must also meet the demand of simplicity to scale with growing system size. Here we propose a fast, high-fidelity, scalable measurement scheme based on the state-selective ring-up of a cavity followed by photodetection with the recently introduced Josephson photomultiplier (JPM), a current-biased Josephson junction. This scheme maps qubit state information to the binary digital output of the JPM, circumventing the need for room-temperature heterodyne detection and offering the possibility of a cryogenic interface to superconducting digital control circuitry. Numerics show that measurement contrast in excess of 95% is achievable in a measurement time of 140 ns. We discuss perspectives to scale this scheme to enable readout of multiple qubit channels with a single JPM.

  11. Coherence properties of a capacitively-shunt flux qubit

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    Birenbaum, Jeffrey; Sears, Adam; Nugroho, Christopher; Gudmundsen, Ted; Welander, Paul; Yoder, Jonilyn; Kamal, Archana; Gustavsson, Simon; Kerman, Jamie; Oliver, William; Clarke, John

    2014-03-01

    Coherence times for typical flux qubits have plateaued at 5 - 10 μ s for T1 and 1 - 3 μ s for TRamsey. To achieve longer coherence times we study capacitively-shunted flux qubits using high-Q capacitors to individually shunt all four Josephson junctions (JJs). The additional shunt capacitance moves 90 + % of the qubit energy from the lossy capacitance of the JJs into the high-Q shunts while preserving an anharmonicity greater than 100 % and maintaining f01 qubit inductively coupled to a lumped-element readout resonator. The qubit junctions are deposited via aluminum e-beam evaporation using a bridgeless mask. We characterize the influence of qubit design parameters such as capacitance and geometry on the coherence time of the device. This research was funded in part by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), through the Army Research Office.

  12. Graduate Student Support for Quantum Computing With Superconducting Charge States

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-08-31

    junctions, and a small SQUID loop to allow tuning of the Josephson energy. On right is a test sample with seven qubits coupled to a single resonator...offers other practi- cal advantages over lumped LC circuits or current-biased large Josephson junctions. The qubit can be placed within the cavity formed...readily observ- able in a measurement time tmeas = 2namp/〈 n 〉κ, or only ∼ 32µs for 〈 n 〉 ∼ 1. V. LARGE DETUNING: LIFETIME ENHANCEMENT For qubits not

  13. Modeling Bloch oscillations in nanoscale Josephson junctions

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    Vora, Heli; Kautz, R. L.; Nam, S. W.; Aumentado, J.

    2017-08-01

    Bloch oscillations in nanoscale Josephson junctions with a Coulomb charging energy comparable to the Josephson coupling energy are explored within the context of a model previously considered by Geigenmüller and Schön that includes Zener tunneling and treats quasiparticle tunneling as an explicit shot-noise process. The dynamics of the junction quasicharge are investigated numerically using both Monte Carlo and ensemble approaches to calculate voltage-current characteristics in the presence of microwaves. We examine in detail the origin of harmonic and subharmonic Bloch steps at dc biases I =(n /m )2 e f induced by microwaves of frequency f and consider the optimum parameters for the observation of harmonic (m =1 ) steps. We also demonstrate that the GS model allows a detailed semiquantitative fit to experimental voltage-current characteristics previously obtained at the Chalmers University of Technology, confirming and strengthening the interpretation of the observed microwave-induced steps in terms of Bloch oscillations.

  14. Improving the Quality of Heisenberg Back-Action of Qubit Measurements made with Parametric Amplifiers

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    Sliwa, Katrina

    The quantum back-action of the measurement apparatus arising from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is both a fascinating phenomenon and a powerful way to apply operations on quantum systems. Unfortunately, there are other effects which may overwhelm the Heisenberg back-action. This thesis focuses on two effects arising in the dispersive measurement of superconducting qubits made with two ultra-low-noise parametric amplifiers, the Josephson bifurcation amplifier (JBA) and the Josephson parametric converter (JPC). The first effect is qubit dephasing due to excess photons in the cavity coming from rogue radiation emitted by the first amplifier stage toward the system under study. This problem arises primarily in measurements made with the JBA, where a strong resonant pump tone is traditionally used to provide the energy for amplification. Replacing the single strong pump tone with two detuned pump tones minimized this dephasing to the point where the Heisenberg back-action of measurements made with the JBA could be observed. The second effect is reduced measurement efficiency arising from losses between the qubit and the parametric amplifier. Most commonly used parametric amplifiers operate in reflection, requiring additional lossy, magnetic elements known as circulators both to separate input from output, and to protect the qubits from dephasing due to the amplified reflected signal. This work presents two alternative directional elements, the Josephson circulator, which is both theoretically loss-less and does not rely upon the strong magnetic fields needed for traditional circulators, and the Josephson directional amplifier which does not send any amplified signal back toward the qubit. Both of these elements achieve directionality by interfering multiple parametric processes inside a single JPC, allowing for in-situ switching between the two modes of operation. This brings valuable experimental flexibility, and also makes these devices strong candidates for

  15. Signatures of topological Josephson junctions

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    Peng, Yang; Pientka, Falko; Berg, Erez; Oreg, Yuval; von Oppen, Felix

    2016-08-01

    Quasiparticle poisoning and diabatic transitions may significantly narrow the window for the experimental observation of the 4 π -periodic dc Josephson effect predicted for topological Josephson junctions. Here, we show that switching-current measurements provide accessible and robust signatures for topological superconductivity which persist in the presence of quasiparticle poisoning processes. Such measurements provide access to the phase-dependent subgap spectrum and Josephson currents of the topological junction when incorporating it into an asymmetric SQUID together with a conventional Josephson junction with large critical current. We also argue that pump-probe experiments with multiple current pulses can be used to measure the quasiparticle poisoning rates of the topological junction. The proposed signatures are particularly robust, even in the presence of Zeeman fields and spin-orbit coupling, when focusing on short Josephson junctions. Finally, we also consider microwave excitations of short topological Josephson junctions which may complement switching-current measurements.

  16. Microwave response and photon emission of a voltage baised Josephson junction

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    Jebari, Salha; Grimm, Alexander; Hazra, Dibyendu; Hofheinz, Max

    The readout of superconducting qubits requires amplifiers combining noise close to the quantum limit, high gain, large bandwidth, and sufficient dynamic range. Josephson parametric amplifiers using Josephson junctions in the 0-voltage state, driven by a large microwave signals, begin to perform sufficiently well in all 4 of these aspects to be of practical use, but remain difficult to optimize and use. Recent experiments with superconducting circuits consisting of a DC voltage-biased Josephson junction in series with a resonator, showed that a tunneling Cooper pair can emit one or several photons with a total energy of 2e times the applied voltage. We present microwave reflection measurements on this device indicating that amplification is possible with a simple DC voltage-biased Josephson junction. We compare these measurements with the noise power emitted by the junction and show that, for low Josephson energy, transmission and noise emission can be explained within the framework of P(E) theory of inelastic Cooper pair tunneling. Combined with a theoretical model, our results indicate that voltage-biased Josephson junctions might be useful for amplification near the quantum limit, offering simpler design and a different trade-off between gain, bandwidth and dynamic range.

  17. Quantum jumps of a fluxonium qubit

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    Vool, U.; Pop, I. M.; Sliwa, K.; Abdo, B.; Brecht, T.; Shankar, S.; Hatridge, M.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Mirrahimi, M.; Glazman, L.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-03-01

    The fluxonium qubit has recently been shown to have energy relaxation time (T1) of the order of 1 ms, limited by quasiparticle dissipation. With the addition of a Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC) to the experiment, trajectories corresponding to quantum jumps between the ground and 1st excited state can be measured, thus allowing the observation of the qubit decay in real time instead of that of an ensemble average. Our measurement fidelity with the JPC is in excess of 98% for an acquisition time of 5 us and we can thus continuously monitor the quantum jumps of the qubit in equilibrium with its environment in a time much shorter than its average relaxation time. We observe in our sample a jump statistics that varies from being completely Poissonian with a long (500 us) mean time in the ground state to being highly non-Poissonian with short (100 us) mean time in the ground state. The changes between these regimes occur on time scales of seconds, minutes and even hours. We have studied this effect and its relation to quasiparticle dynamics by injecting quasiparticles with a short intense microwave pulse and by seeding quasiparticle-trapping vortices with magnetic field. Work supported by: IARPA, ARO, and NSF.

  18. Tunable φ Josephson junction ratchet

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    Menditto, R.; Sickinger, H.; Weides, M.; Kohlstedt, H.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Goldobin, E.

    2016-10-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the operation of a deterministic Josephson ratchet with tunable asymmetry. The ratchet is based on a φ Josephson junction with a ferromagnetic barrier operating in the underdamped regime. The system is probed also under the action of an additional dc current, which acts as a counterforce trying to stop the ratchet. Under these conditions the ratchet works against the counterforce, thus producing a nonzero output power. Finally, we estimate the efficiency of the φ Josephson junction ratchet.

  19. Low frequency critical current noise and two level system defects in Josephson junctions

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    Nugroho, Christopher Daniel

    The critical current in a Josephson junction is known to exhibit a 1/falpha low frequency noise. Implemented as a superconducting qubit, this low frequency noise can lead to decoherence. While the 1/f noise has been known to arise from an ensemble of two level systems connected to the tunnel barrier, the precise microscopic nature of these TLSs remain a mystery. In this thesis we will present measurements of the 1/f alpha low frequency noise in the critical current and tunneling resistance of Al-AlOx-Al Josephson junctions. Measurements in a wide range of resistively shunted and unshunted junctions confirm the equality of critical current and tunneling resistance noise. That is the critical current fluctuation corresponds to fluctuations of the tunneling resistance. In not too small Al-AlOx-Al junctions we have found that the fractional power spectral density scales linearly with temperature. We confirmed that the 1/falpha power spectrum is the result of a large number of two level systems modulating the tunneling resistance. At small junction areas and low temperatures, the number of thermally active TLSs is insufficient to integrate out a featureless 1/ f spectral shape. By analyzing the spectral variance in small junction areas, we have been able to deduce the TLS defect density, n ≈ 2.53 per micrometer squared per Kelvin spread in the TLS energy per factor e in the TLS lifetimes. This density is consistent with the density of tunneling TLSs found in glassy insulators, as well as the density deduced from coherent TLSs interacting at qubit frequencies. The deduced TLS density combined with the magnitude of the 1/f power spectral density in large area junctions, gives an average TLS effective area, A ˜ 0.3 nanometer squared. In ultra small tunnel junctions, we have studied the time-domain dynamics of isolated TLSs. We have found a TLS whose dynamics is described by the quantum tunneling between the two localized wells, and a one-phonon absorption

  20. Generating multipartite entangled states of qubits distributed in different cavities

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    He, Xiao-Ling; Su, Qi-Ping; Zhang, Feng-Yang; Yang, Chui-Ping

    2014-06-01

    Cavity-based large-scale quantum information processing (QIP) needs a large number of qubits, and placing all of them in a single cavity quickly runs into many fundamental and practical problems such as the increase in cavity decay rate and decrease in qubit-cavity coupling strength. Therefore, future QIP most likely will require quantum networks consisting of a large number of cavities, each hosting and coupled to multiple qubits. In this work, we propose a way to prepare a -class entangled state of spatially separated multiple qubits in different cavities, which are connected to a coupler qubit. Because no cavity photon is excited, decoherence caused by the cavity decay is greatly suppressed during the entanglement preparation. This proposal needs only one coupler qubit and one operational step, and does not require using a classical pulse, so that the engineering complexity is much reduced and the operation is greatly simplified. As an example of the experimental implementation, we further give a numerical analysis, which shows that high-fidelity generation of the state using three superconducting phase qubits each embedded in a one-dimensional transmission line resonator is feasible within the present circuit QED technique. The proposal is quite general and can be applied to accomplish the same task with other types of qubits such as superconducting flux qubits, charge qubits, quantum dots, nitrogen-vacancy centers, and atoms.

  1. Improving the gate fidelity of capacitively coupled spin qubits

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    Wang, Xin; Barnes, Edwin

    2015-03-01

    Precise execution of quantum gates acting on two or multiple qubits is essential to quantum computation. For semiconductor spin qubits coupled via capacitive interaction, the best fidelity for a two-qubit gate demonstrated so far is around 70%, insufficient for fault-tolerant quantum computation. In this talk we present control protocols that may substantially improve the robustness of two-qubit gates against both nuclear noise and charge noise. Our pulse sequences incorporate simultaneous dynamical decoupling protocols and are simple enough for immediate experimental realization. Together with existing control protocols for single-qubit gates, our results constitute an important step toward scalable quantum computation using spin qubits. This work is done in collaboration with Sankar Das Sarma and supported by LPS-NSA-CMTC and IARPA-MQCO.

  2. Wireless Josephson amplifier

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-06-09

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers are playing a crucial role in the readout chain in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D cavity implementations poses the problem of transitioning between waveguide, coax cables, and planar circuits. Moreover, Josephson amplifiers require auxiliary microwave components, like directional couplers and/or hybrids, that are sources of spurious losses and impedance mismatches that limit measurement efficiency and amplifier tunability. We have developed a wireless architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This greatly simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device operating in the 9–11 GHz band with about 100 MHz of amplitude gain-bandwidth product, on par with devices mounted in conventional sample holders. The simpler impedance environment presented to the amplifier also results in increased amplifier tunability.

  3. Wireless Josephson amplifier

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-06-01

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers are playing a crucial role in the readout chain in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D cavity implementations poses the problem of transitioning between waveguide, coax cables, and planar circuits. Moreover, Josephson amplifiers require auxiliary microwave components, like directional couplers and/or hybrids, that are sources of spurious losses and impedance mismatches that limit measurement efficiency and amplifier tunability. We have developed a wireless architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This greatly simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device operating in the 9-11 GHz band with about 100 MHz of amplitude gain-bandwidth product, on par with devices mounted in conventional sample holders. The simpler impedance environment presented to the amplifier also results in increased amplifier tunability.

  4. Theory of the Quantum Dot Hybrid Qubit

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    Friesen, Mark

    2015-03-01

    The quantum dot hybrid qubit, formed from three electrons in two quantum dots, combines the desirable features of charge qubits (fast manipulation) and spin qubits (long coherence times). The hybridized spin and charge states yield a unique energy spectrum with several useful properties, including two different operating regimes that are relatively immune to charge noise due to the presence of optimal working points or ``sweet spots.'' In this talk, I will describe dc and ac-driven gate operations of the quantum dot hybrid qubit. I will analyze improvements in the dephasing that are enabled by the sweet spots, and I will discuss the outlook for quantum hybrid qubits in terms of scalability. This work was supported in part by ARO (W911NF-12-0607), NSF (PHY-1104660), the USDOD, and the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. The views and conclusions contained in this presentation are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the US government.

  5. Application and fabrication aspects of sub-micrometer-sized Josephson junctions

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    Oelsner, G.; Hübner, U.; Anders, S.; Il'ichev, E.

    2017-07-01

    We present two possible methods for the fabrication of sub-micron sized Josephson junctions, namely the shadow-evaporation technique and the cross-type technology. Their importance for the field of modern super-conducting technology is discussed. As examples we present measurement results of a two-qubit sample and a prototype of a microwave detector fabricated each by one of the described methods. We review potential applications of superconducting quantum circuits based on the developed methods.

  6. ac Josephson Effect in Finite-Length Nanowire Junctions with Majorana Modes

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    San-Jose, Pablo; Prada, Elsa; Aguado, Ramón

    2012-06-01

    It has been predicted that superconducting junctions made with topological nanowires hosting Majorana bound states (MBS) exhibit an anomalous 4π-periodic Josephson effect. Finding an experimental setup with these unconventional properties poses, however, a serious challenge: for finite-length wires, the equilibrium supercurrents are always 2π periodic as anticrossings of states with the same fermionic parity are possible. We show, however, that the anomaly survives in the transient regime of the ac Josephson effect. Transients are, moreover, protected against decay by quasiparticle poisoning as a consequence of the quantum Zeno effect, which fixes the parity of Majorana qubits. The resulting long-lived ac Josephson transients may be effectively used to detect MBS.

  7. Robust Josephson-Kondo screening cloud in circuit quantum electrodynamics

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    Snyman, Izak; Florens, Serge

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the entanglement properties of a standard circuit-QED setup that consists of a Cooper pair box coupled to a long chain of Josephson junctions. We calculate the static charge polarization at finite distances along the device. Our calculations reveal a deep connection to the Kondo screening cloud, together with robust correlations that are difficult to measure in a condensed matter context. We also find weak sensitivity of these Kondo signatures to the actual parameters and design of the device, demonstrating the universality of the Josephson entanglement cloud.

  8. Josephson radiation from InSb-nanowire junction

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    van Woerkom, David; Proutski, Alexander; Krivachy, Tamas; Bouman, Daniel; van Gulik, Ruben; Gul, Onder; Cassidy, Maja; Car, Diana; Bakkers, Erik; Kouwenhoven, Leo; Geresdi, Attila

    Semiconducting nanowire Josephson junctions has recently gained interest as building blocks for Majorana circuits and gate-tuneable superconducting qubits . Here we investigate the rich physics of the Andreev bound state spectrum of InSb nanowire junctions utilizing the AC Josephson relation 2eV_bias =hf . We designed and characterized an on-chip microwave circuit coupling the nanowire junction to an Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junction. The DC response of the tunnel junction is affected by photon-assisted quasiparticle current, which gives us the possibility to measure the radiation spectrum of the nanowire junction up to several tens of GHz in frequency. Our circuit design allows for voltage or phase biasing of the Josephson junction enabling direct mapping of Andreev bound states. We discuss our fabrication methods and choice of materials to achieve radiation detection up to a magnetic field of few hundred milliTesla, compatible with Majorana states in spin-orbit coupled nanowires. This work has been supported by the Netherlands Foundations FOM, Abstract NWO and Microsoft Corporation Station Q.

  9. Cooper pair splitting in parallel quantum dot Josephson junctions

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    Deacon, R. S.; Oiwa, A.; Sailer, J.; Baba, S.; Kanai, Y.; Shibata, K.; Hirakawa, K.; Tarucha, S.

    2015-01-01

    Devices to generate on-demand non-local spin entangled electron pairs have potential application as solid-state analogues of the entangled photon sources used in quantum optics. Recently, Andreev entanglers that use two quantum dots as filters to adiabatically split and separate the quasi-particles of Cooper pairs have shown efficient splitting through measurements of the transport charge but the spin entanglement has not been directly confirmed. Here we report measurements on parallel quantum dot Josephson junction devices allowing a Josephson current to flow due to the adiabatic splitting and recombination of the Cooper pair between the dots. The evidence for this non-local transport is confirmed through study of the non-dissipative supercurrent while tuning independently the dots with local electrical gates. As the Josephson current arises only from processes that maintain the coherence, we can confirm that a current flows from the spatially separated entangled pair. PMID:26130172

  10. Cooper pair splitting in parallel quantum dot Josephson junctions.

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    Deacon, R S; Oiwa, A; Sailer, J; Baba, S; Kanai, Y; Shibata, K; Hirakawa, K; Tarucha, S

    2015-07-01

    Devices to generate on-demand non-local spin entangled electron pairs have potential application as solid-state analogues of the entangled photon sources used in quantum optics. Recently, Andreev entanglers that use two quantum dots as filters to adiabatically split and separate the quasi-particles of Cooper pairs have shown efficient splitting through measurements of the transport charge but the spin entanglement has not been directly confirmed. Here we report measurements on parallel quantum dot Josephson junction devices allowing a Josephson current to flow due to the adiabatic splitting and recombination of the Cooper pair between the dots. The evidence for this non-local transport is confirmed through study of the non-dissipative supercurrent while tuning independently the dots with local electrical gates. As the Josephson current arises only from processes that maintain the coherence, we can confirm that a current flows from the spatially separated entangled pair.

  11. Overlap junctions for high coherence superconducting qubits

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    Wu, X.; Long, J. L.; Ku, H. S.; Lake, R. E.; Bal, M.; Pappas, D. P.

    2017-07-01

    Fabrication of sub-micron Josephson junctions is demonstrated using standard processing techniques for high-coherence, superconducting qubits. These junctions are made in two separate lithography steps with normal-angle evaporation. Most significantly, this work demonstrates that it is possible to achieve high coherence with junctions formed on aluminum surfaces cleaned in situ by Ar plasma before junction oxidation. This method eliminates the angle-dependent shadow masks typically used for small junctions. Therefore, this is conducive to the implementation of typical methods for improving margins and yield using conventional CMOS processing. The current method uses electron-beam lithography and an additive process to define the top and bottom electrodes. Extension of this work to optical lithography and subtractive processes is discussed.

  12. Andreev spin qubits in multichannel Rashba nanowires

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    Park, Sunghun; Yeyati, A. Levy

    2017-09-01

    We theoretically analyze the Andreev bound states and their coupling to external radiation in superconductor-nanowire-superconductor Josephson junctions. We provide an effective Hamiltonian for the junction projected onto the Andreev level subspace and incorporating the effects of nanowire multichannel structure, Rashba spin-orbit coupling, and Zeeman field. Based on this effective model, we investigate the dependence of the Andreev levels and the matrix elements of the current operator on system parameters such as chemical potential, nanowire dimensions, and normal transmission. We show that the combined effect of the multichannel structure and the spin-orbit coupling gives rise to finite current matrix elements between odd-parity states having different spin polarizations. Moreover, our analytical results allow to determine the appropriate parameters range for the detection of transitions between even as well as odd states in circuit-QED-like experiments, which may provide a way for the Andreev spin-qubit manipulation.

  13. Ultrastrong coupling dynamics with a transmon qubit

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    Kraglund Andersen, Christian; Blais, Alexandre

    2017-02-01

    The interaction of light and matter is often described by the exchange of single excitations. When the coupling strength is a significant fraction of the system frequencies, the number of excitations are no longer preserved and that simple picture breaks down. This regime is known as the ultrastrong coupling regime and is characterized by non-trivial light–matter eigenstates and by complex dynamics. In this work, we propose to use an array Josephson junctions to increase the impedance of the light mode enabling ultrastrong coupling to a transmon qubit. We show that the resulting dynamics can be generated and probed by taking advantage of the multi-mode structure of the junction array. This proposal relies on the frequency tunability of the transmon and, crucially, on the use of a low frequency mode of the array, which allows for non-adiabatic changes of the ground state.

  14. Circuit quantum electrodynamics with a spin qubit.

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    Petersson, K D; McFaul, L W; Schroer, M D; Jung, M; Taylor, J M; Houck, A A; Petta, J R

    2012-10-18

    Electron spins trapped in quantum dots have been proposed as basic building blocks of a future quantum processor. Although fast, 180-picosecond, two-quantum-bit (two-qubit) operations can be realized using nearest-neighbour exchange coupling, a scalable, spin-based quantum computing architecture will almost certainly require long-range qubit interactions. Circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) allows spatially separated superconducting qubits to interact via a superconducting microwave cavity that acts as a 'quantum bus', making possible two-qubit entanglement and the implementation of simple quantum algorithms. Here we combine the cQED architecture with spin qubits by coupling an indium arsenide nanowire double quantum dot to a superconducting cavity. The architecture allows us to achieve a charge-cavity coupling rate of about 30 megahertz, consistent with coupling rates obtained in gallium arsenide quantum dots. Furthermore, the strong spin-orbit interaction of indium arsenide allows us to drive spin rotations electrically with a local gate electrode, and the charge-cavity interaction provides a measurement of the resulting spin dynamics. Our results demonstrate how the cQED architecture can be used as a sensitive probe of single-spin physics and that a spin-cavity coupling rate of about one megahertz is feasible, presenting the possibility of long-range spin coupling via superconducting microwave cavities.

  15. Tunable inductive coupling of superconducting qubits in the strongly nonlinear regime

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    Kafri, Dvir; Quintana, Chris; Chen, Yu; Shabani, Alireza; Martinis, John M.; Neven, Hartmut

    2017-05-01

    For a variety of superconducting qubits, tunable interactions are achieved through mutual inductive coupling to a coupler circuit containing a nonlinear Josephson element. In this paper, we derive the general interaction mediated by such a circuit under the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. This interaction naturally decomposes into a classical part, with origin in the classical circuit equations, and a quantum part, associated with the coupler's zero-point energy. Our result is nonperturbative in the qubit-coupler coupling strengths and in the coupler nonlinearity. This can lead to significant departures from previous, linear theories for the interqubit coupling, including nonstoquastic and many-body interactions. Our analysis provides explicit and efficiently computable series for any term in the interaction Hamiltonian and can be applied to any superconducting qubit type. We conclude with a numerical investigation of our theory using a case study of two coupled flux qubits, and in particular study the regime of validity of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation.

  16. Optimizing JPC-based remote entanglement of transmon qubits via stochastic master equation simulations

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    Zalys-Geller, E.; Hatridge, M.; Silveri, M.; Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Shankar, S.; Girvin, S. M.; Devoret, M. H.

    2015-03-01

    Remote entanglement of two superconducting qubits may be accomplished by first entangling them with flying coherent microwave pulses, and then erasing the which-path information of these pulses by using a non-degenerate parametric amplifier such as the Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC). Crucially, this process requires no direct interaction between the two qubits. The JPC, however, will fail to completely erase the which-path information if the flying microwave pulses encode any difference in dynamics of the two qubit-cavity systems. This which-path information can easily arise from mismatches in the cavity linewidths and the cavity dispersive shifts from their respective qubits. Through analysis of the Stochastic Master Equation for this system, we have found a strategy for shaping the measurement pulses to eliminate the effect of these mismatches on the entangling measurement. We have then confirmed the effectiveness of this strategy by numerical simulation. Work supported by: IARPA, ARO, and NSF.

  17. Mesoscopic fluctuations of the population of a qubit in a strong alternating field

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    Denisenko, M. V. Satanin, A. M.

    2016-12-15

    Fluctuations of the population of a Josephson qubit in an alternating field, which is a superposition of electromagnetic pulses with large amplitudes, are studied. It is shown that the relative phase of pulses is responsible for the rate of Landau–Zener transitions and, correspondingly, for the frequency of transitions between adiabatic states. The durations of pulses incident on the qubit are controlled with an accuracy of the field period, which results in strong mesoscopic fluctuations of the population of the qubit. Similar to the magnetic field in mesoscopic physics, the relative phase of pulses can destroy the interference pattern of the population of the qubit. The influence of the duration of the pulse and noise on the revealed fluctuation effects is studied.

  18. Mesoscopic fluctuations of the population of a qubit in a strong alternating field

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    Denisenko, M. V.; Satanin, A. M.

    2016-12-01

    Fluctuations of the population of a Josephson qubit in an alternating field, which is a superposition of electromagnetic pulses with large amplitudes, are studied. It is shown that the relative phase of pulses is responsible for the rate of Landau-Zener transitions and, correspondingly, for the frequency of transitions between adiabatic states. The durations of pulses incident on the qubit are controlled with an accuracy of the field period, which results in strong mesoscopic fluctuations of the population of the qubit. Similar to the magnetic field in mesoscopic physics, the relative phase of pulses can destroy the interference pattern of the population of the qubit. The influence of the duration of the pulse and noise on the revealed fluctuation effects is studied.

  19. Quantum control and process tomography of a semiconductor quantum dot hybrid qubit.

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    Kim, Dohun; Shi, Zhan; Simmons, C B; Ward, D R; Prance, J R; Koh, Teck Seng; Gamble, John King; Savage, D E; Lagally, M G; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S N; Eriksson, Mark A

    2014-07-03

    The similarities between gated quantum dots and the transistors in modern microelectronics--in fabrication methods, physical structure and voltage scales for manipulation--have led to great interest in the development of quantum bits (qubits) in semiconductor quantum dots. Although quantum dot spin qubits have demonstrated long coherence times, their manipulation is often slower than desired for important future applications, such as factoring. Furthermore, scalability and manufacturability are enhanced when qubits are as simple as possible. Previous work has increased the speed of spin qubit rotations by making use of integrated micromagnets, dynamic pumping of nuclear spins or the addition of a third quantum dot. Here we demonstrate a qubit that is a hybrid of spin and charge. It is simple, requiring neither nuclear-state preparation nor micromagnets. Unlike previous double-dot qubits, the hybrid qubit enables fast rotations about two axes of the Bloch sphere. We demonstrate full control on the Bloch sphere with π-rotation times of less than 100 picoseconds in two orthogonal directions, which is more than an order of magnitude faster than any other double-dot qubit. The speed arises from the qubit's charge-like characteristics, and its spin-like features result in resistance to decoherence over a wide range of gate voltages. We achieve full process tomography in our electrically controlled semiconductor quantum dot qubit, extracting high fidelities of 85 per cent for X rotations (transitions between qubit states) and 94 per cent for Z rotations (phase accumulation between qubit states).

  20. Josephson inplane and tunneling currents in bilayer quantum Hall system

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    Ezawa, Z. F.; Tsitsishvili, G.; Sawada, A.

    2013-12-04

    A Bose-Einstein condensation is formed by composite bosons in the quantum Hall state. A composite boson carries the fundamental charge (–e). We investigate Josephson tunneling of such charges in the bilayer quantum Hall system at the total filling ν = 1. We show the existence of the critical current for the tunneling current to be coherent and dissipationless in tunneling experiments with various geometries.

  1. Coupling of three-spin qubits to their electric environment

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    Russ, Maximilian; Ginzel, Florian; Burkard, Guido

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the behavior of qubits consisting of three electron spins in double and triple quantum dots subject to external electric fields. Our model includes two independent bias parameters, ɛ and ɛM, which both couple to external electromagnetic fields and can be controlled by gate voltages applied to the quantum dot structures. By varying these parameters, one can switch the qubit type by shifting the energies in the single quantum dots, thus changing the electron occupancy in each dot. Starting from the asymmetric resonant exchange qubit with a (2,0,1) and (1,0,2) charge admixture, one can smoothly cross over to the resonant exchange qubit with a detuned (1,1,1) charge configuration, and to the exchange-only qubit with the same charge configuration but equal energy levels down to the hybrid qubits with (1,2,0) and (0,2,1) charge configurations. Here, (l ,m ,n ) describes a configuration with l electrons in the left dot, m electrons in the center dot, and n electrons in the right dot. We first focus on random electromagnetic field fluctuations, i.e., "charge noise," at each quantum dot resulting in dephasing of the qubit, and we provide a complete map of the resulting dephasing time as a function of the bias parameters. We pay special attention to the so-called sweet spots and double sweet spots of the system, which are least susceptible to noise. In the second part, we investigate the coupling of the qubit system to the coherent quantized electromagnetic field in a superconducting strip-line cavity, and we also provide a complete map of the coupling strength as a function of the bias parameters. We analyze the asymmetric qubit-cavity coupling via ɛ and the symmetric coupling via ɛM.

  2. Qubit state discrimination

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    Deconinck, Matthieu E.

    2010-06-15

    We show how one can solve the problem of discriminating between qubit states. We use the quantum state discrimination duality theorem and the Bloch sphere representation of qubits, which allows for an easy geometric and analytical representation of the optimal guessing strategies.

  3. Quantum Computing Using Superconducting Qubits

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    2006-04-01

    0.03 parameters, the transitions lei ) -+ 163), lf2) - 163), and U6 0.5- t13 1E3) -- 1f4) are forbidden because Iti,j = 0 [see Fig. 6(b)]. 0. 14...X, replaced by -Ej,- EJ2-X" (22) nxi + , =nx+Ci (n)i 2e C. (28) The corresponding eigenstates are lei ,e 2), le ,g 2), Ig ,e 2), Here di is the...charge qubit ex- hibits Rabi oscillations between states lei ,li) and Ig,ji (41) + 1), where Ili) is a photon state with li photons. For the where

  4. Manipulation And Readout Of A Tunable Flux Qubit With Integrated Readout: Preliminary Results

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    Cosmelli, Carlo; Carelli, Pasquale; Castellano, Maria Gabriella; Chiarello, Fabio; Gangemi, Lorenzo; Leoni, Roberto; Poletto, Stefano; Simeone, Daniela; Torrioli, Guido

    2006-09-01

    We show a tunable flux qubit with built-in readout, realized with a double SQUID with a supplementary Josephson junction. State preparation and manipulation of the qubit are achieved by applying pulses of magnetic flux in two externally coupled coils, a feature that suits very well with a future integration with RSFQ integrated logic. We show how the system can be read out and prepared in a definite flux state, moreover we show the results of manipulation (lowering of the potential barrier between states) in incoherent regime at liquid helium temperature.

  5. Anomalous spin Josephson effect

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    Wang, Mei-Juan; Wang, Jun; Hao, Lei; Liu, Jun-Feng

    2016-10-01

    We report a theoretical study on the spin Josephson effect arising from the exchange coupling of the two ferromagnets (Fs), which are deposited on a two-dimensional (2D) time-reversal-invariant topological insulator. An anomalous spin supercurrent Js z˜sin(α +α0) is found to flow in between the two Fs and the ground state of the system is not limited to the magnetically collinear configuration (α =n π ,n is an integer) but determined by a controllable angle α0, where α is the crossed angle between the two F magnetizations. The angle α0 is the dynamic phase of the electrons traveling in between the two Fs and can be controlled electrically by a gate voltage. This anomalous spin Josephson effect, similar to the conventional φ0 superconductor junction, originates from the definite electron chirality of the helical edge states in the 2D topological insulator. These results indicate that the magnetic coupling in a topological system is different from the usual one in conventional materials.

  6. SLUG Microwave Amplifiers for Scalable Superconducting Qubit Readout

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    Zhu, Shaojiang; Hover, David; Ribeill, Guilhem; Thorbeck, Ted; McDermott, Robert; University of Wisconsin, Madison Team

    2014-03-01

    We describe a phase-insensitive microwave linear amplifier based on the Superconducting Low-inductance Undulatory Galvanometer (SLUG). The amplifier is well suited to the high fidelity quantum nondemolition measurement of superconducting qubits in a circuit quantum electrodynamics architecture. The amplifier has achieved instantaneous bandwidth greater than 400 MHz and system added noise of order one quantum in the GHz frequency range; moreover, the SLUG -1 dB compression point is around -95 dBm, about two orders of magnitude higher than that achieved with typical Josephson parametric amplifiers. We describe efforts to increase instantaneous bandwidth toward 1 GHz and discuss prospects for simultaneous measurement of multiple superconducting qubits using frequency-domain multiplexing with a broadband SLUG amplifier.

  7. One-dimensional Josephson junction arrays: Lifting the Coulomb blockade by depinning

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    Vogt, Nicolas; Schäfer, Roland; Rotzinger, Hannes; Cui, Wanyin; Fiebig, Andreas; Shnirman, Alexander; Ustinov, Alexey V.

    2015-07-01

    Experiments with one-dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions in the regime of dominating charging energy show that the Coulomb blockade is lifted at the threshold voltage, which is proportional to the array's length and depends strongly on the Josephson energy. We explain this behavior as depinning of the Cooper-pair-charge-density by the applied voltage. We assume strong charge disorder and argue that physics around the depinning point is governed by a disordered sine-Gordon-like model. This allows us to employ the well-known theory of charge density wave depinning. Our model is in good agreement with the experimental data.

  8. Isotopically enhanced triple-quantum-dot qubit.

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    Eng, Kevin; Ladd, Thaddeus D; Smith, Aaron; Borselli, Matthew G; Kiselev, Andrey A; Fong, Bryan H; Holabird, Kevin S; Hazard, Thomas M; Huang, Biqin; Deelman, Peter W; Milosavljevic, Ivan; Schmitz, Adele E; Ross, Richard S; Gyure, Mark F; Hunter, Andrew T

    2015-05-01

    Like modern microprocessors today, future processors of quantum information may be implemented using all-electrical control of silicon-based devices. A semiconductor spin qubit may be controlled without the use of magnetic fields by using three electrons in three tunnel-coupled quantum dots. Triple dots have previously been implemented in GaAs, but this material suffers from intrinsic nuclear magnetic noise. Reduction of this noise is possible by fabricating devices using isotopically purified silicon. We demonstrate universal coherent control of a triple-quantum-dot qubit implemented in an isotopically enhanced Si/SiGe heterostructure. Composite pulses are used to implement spin-echo type sequences, and differential charge sensing enables single-shot state readout. These experiments demonstrate sufficient control with sufficiently low noise to enable the long pulse sequences required for exchange-only two-qubit logic and randomized benchmarking.

  9. Directional Amplification with a Josephson Circuit

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Sliwa, Katrina; Frunzio, Luigi; Devoret, Michel

    2013-07-01

    Nonreciprocal devices perform crucial functions in many low-noise quantum measurements, usually by exploiting magnetic effects. In the proof-of-principle device presented here, on the other hand, two on-chip coupled Josephson parametric converters (JPCs) achieve directionality by exploiting the nonreciprocal phase response of the JPC in the transmission-gain mode. The nonreciprocity of the device is controlled in situ by varying the amplitude and phase difference of two independent microwave pump tones feeding the system. At the desired working point and for a signal frequency of 8.453 GHz, the device achieves a forward power gain of 15 dB within a dynamical bandwidth of 9 MHz, a reverse gain of -6dB, and suppression of the reflected signal by 8 dB. We also find that the amplifier adds a noise equivalent to less than 1.5 photons at the signal frequency (referred back to the input). It can process up to 3 photons at the signal frequency per inverse dynamical bandwidth. With a directional amplifier operating along the principles of this device, qubit and readout preamplifier could be integrated on the same chip.

  10. Phase coherent dynamics of a superconducting flux qubit with capacitive bias readout

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    Deppe, F.; Mariantoni, M.; Menzel, E. P.; Saito, S.; Kakuyanagi, K.; Tanaka, H.; Meno, T.; Semba, K.; Takayanagi, H.; Gross, R.

    2007-12-01

    We present a systematic study of the phase coherent dynamics of a superconducting three-Josephson-junction flux qubit. The qubit state is detected with the integrated-pulse method, which is a variant of the pulsed switching-dc-superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) method. In this scheme, the dc SQUID bias current pulse is applied via a capacitor instead of a resistor, giving rise to a narrow bandpass instead of a pure low-pass filter configuration of the electromagnetic environment. Measuring one and the same qubit with both setups allows a direct comparison. With the capacitive method about four times faster switching pulses and an increased visibility are achieved. Furthermore, the deliberate engineering of the electromagnetic environment, which minimizes the noise due to the bias circuit, is facilitated. Right at the degeneracy point, the qubit coherence is limited by energy relaxation. We find two main noise contributions. White noise limits the energy relaxation and contributes to the dephasing far from the degeneracy point. 1/f noise is the dominant source of dephasing in the direct vicinity of the optimal point. The influence of 1/f noise is also supported by nonrandom beatings in the Ramsey and spin echo decay traces. Numeric simulations of a coupled qubit-oscillator system indicate that these beatings are due to the resonant interaction of the qubit with at least one pointlike fluctuator, coupled especially strongly to the qubit.

  11. Multi-qubit parity measurement in circuit quantum electrodynamics

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    DiVincenzo, David P.; Solgun, Firat

    2013-07-01

    We present a concept for performing direct parity measurements on three or more qubits in microwave structures with superconducting resonators coupled to Josephson-junction qubits. We write the quantum-eraser conditions that must be fulfilled for the parity measurements as requirements for the scattering phase shift of our microwave structure. We show that these conditions can be fulfilled with present-day devices. We present one particular scheme, implemented with two-dimensional cavity techniques, in which each qubit should be coupled equally to two different microwave cavities. The magnitudes of the couplings that are needed are in the range that has been achieved in current experiments. A quantum calculation indicates that the measurement is optimal if the scattering signal can be measured with near single-photon sensitivity. A comparison with an extension of a related proposal from cavity optics is presented. We present a second scheme, for which a scalable implementation of the four-qubit parities of the surface quantum error correction code can be envisioned. It uses three-dimensional cavity structures, using cavity symmetries to achieve the necessary multiple resonant modes within a single resonant structure.

  12. The flux qubit revisited to enhance coherence and reproducibility

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    Yan, Fei; Gustavsson, Simon; Kamal, Archana; Birenbaum, Jeffrey; Sears, Adam P.; Hover, David; Gudmundsen, Ted J.; Rosenberg, Danna; Samach, Gabriel; Weber, S.; Yoder, Jonilyn L.; Orlando, Terry P.; Clarke, John; Kerman, Andrew J.; Oliver, William D.

    2016-11-01

    The scalable application of quantum information science will stand on reproducible and controllable high-coherence quantum bits (qubits). Here, we revisit the design and fabrication of the superconducting flux qubit, achieving a planar device with broad-frequency tunability, strong anharmonicity, high reproducibility and relaxation times in excess of 40 μs at its flux-insensitive point. Qubit relaxation times T1 across 22 qubits are consistently matched with a single model involving resonator loss, ohmic charge noise and 1/f-flux noise, a noise source previously considered primarily in the context of dephasing. We furthermore demonstrate that qubit dephasing at the flux-insensitive point is dominated by residual thermal-photons in the readout resonator. The resulting photon shot noise is mitigated using a dynamical decoupling protocol, resulting in T2~85 μs, approximately the 2T1 limit. In addition to realizing an improved flux qubit, our results uniquely identify photon shot noise as limiting T2 in contemporary qubits based on transverse qubit-resonator interaction.

  13. Simple Electronic Analog of a Josephson Junction.

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    Henry, R. W.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Demonstrates that an electronic Josephson junction analog constructed from three integrated circuits plus an external reference oscillator can exhibit many of the circuit phenomena of a real Josephson junction. Includes computer and other applications of the analog. (Author/SK)

  14. Spin-asymmetric Josephson plasma oscillations

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    Kreula, J. M.; Valtolina, G.; Törmä, P.

    2017-01-01

    The spin-asymmetric Josephson effect is a proposed quantum-coherent tunneling phenomenon where Cooper-paired fermionic spin-1/2 particles, which are subjected to spin-dependent potentials across a Josephson junction, undergo frequency-synchronized alternating-current Josephson oscillations with spin-dependent amplitudes. Here, in line with present-day techniques in ultracold Fermi gas setups, we consider the regime of small Josephson oscillations and show that the Josephson plasma oscillation amplitude becomes spin dependent in the presence of spin-dependent potentials, while the Josephson plasma frequency is the same for both spin components. Detecting these spin-dependent Josephson plasma oscillations provides a possible means to establish the yet-unobserved spin-asymmetric Josephson effect with ultracold Fermi gases using existing experimental tools.

  15. Simple Electronic Analog of a Josephson Junction.

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    Henry, R. W.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Demonstrates that an electronic Josephson junction analog constructed from three integrated circuits plus an external reference oscillator can exhibit many of the circuit phenomena of a real Josephson junction. Includes computer and other applications of the analog. (Author/SK)

  16. Majorana qubits in a topological insulator nanoribbon architecture

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    Manousakis, J.; Altland, A.; Bagrets, D.; Egger, R.; Ando, Yoichi

    2017-04-01

    We describe designs for the realization of topological Majorana qubits in terms of proximitized topological insulator nanoribbons pierced by a uniform axial magnetic field. This platform holds promise for particularly robust Majorana bound states, with easily manipulable interstate couplings. We propose proof-of-principle experiments for initializing, manipulating, and reading out Majorana box qubits defined in floating devices dominated by charging effects. We argue that the platform offers design advantages which make it particularly suitable for extension to qubit network structures realizing a Majorana surface code.

  17. Genuine four tangle for four qubit states

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    Sharma, S. Shelly; Sharma, N. K.

    2014-12-04

    We report a four qubit polynomial invariant that quantifies genuine four-body correlations. The four qubit invariants are obtained from transformation properties of three qubit invariants under a local unitary on the fourth qubit.

  18. The Josephson Effect and e/h

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    Clarke, John

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the theory of the Josephson Effect, the derivation of the Josephson voltage-frequency relation, and methods of measuring the fundamental constatn ratio e/h. Various types of Josephson junctions are described. The impact of the measurement of e/h upin the fundamental constants and quantum electro-dynamics is briefly discussed.…

  19. The Josephson Effect and e/h

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    Clarke, John

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the theory of the Josephson Effect, the derivation of the Josephson voltage-frequency relation, and methods of measuring the fundamental constatn ratio e/h. Various types of Josephson junctions are described. The impact of the measurement of e/h upin the fundamental constants and quantum electro-dynamics is briefly discussed.…

  20. Quantum storage and information transfer with superconducting qubits

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    Wang, Y. D.; Wang, Z. D.; Sun, C. P.

    2005-11-01

    We theoretically design a rather simple device to realize the general quantum storage based on dc superconducting quantum interference device charge qubits. The distinct advantages of our scheme are analyzed in comparison with existing storage scenarios. More arrestingly, an easily controllable XY interaction has been realized in superconducting qubits, which may have more potential applications in addition to those in quantum information processing. The experimental feasibility is also elaborated.

  1. Quantum circuits for qubit fusion

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    Moussa, Jonathan Edward

    2015-12-01

    In this article, we consider four-dimensional qudits as qubit pairs and their qudit Pauli operators as qubit Cli ord operators. This introduces a nesting, C21 C C42 C C23, where Cmn is the nth level of the m-dimensional qudit Cli ord hierarchy. If we can convert between logical qubits and qudits, then qudit Cli ord operators are qubit non-Cli ord operators. Conversion is achieved by qubit fusion and qudit fission using stabilizer circuits that consume a resource state. This resource is a fused qubit stabilizer state with a fault-tolerant state preparation using stabilizer circuits.

  2. Fractional Josephson effect in number-conserving systems

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    Cheng, Meng; Lutchyn, Roman

    2015-10-01

    We study the fractional Josephson effect in a particle-number-conserving system consisting of a quasi-one-dimensional superconductor coupled to a nanowire or an edge carrying e /m fractional charge excitations with m being an odd integer. We show that, due to the topological ground-state degeneracy in the system, the periodicity of the supercurrent on magnetic flux through the superconducting loop is nontrivial, which provides a possibility to detect topological phases of matter by the dc supercurrent measurement. Using a microscopic model for the nanowire and quasi-one-dimensional superconductor, we derived an effective low-energy theory for the system which takes into account effects of quantum phase fluctuations. We discuss the stability of the fractional Josephson effect with respect to the quantum phase slips in a mesoscopic superconducting ring with a finite charging energy.

  3. Multidimensional Josephson vortices in spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates: Snake instability and decay through vortex dipoles

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    Gallemí, A.; Guilleumas, M.; Mayol, R.; Mateo, A. Muñoz

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the dynamics of Josephson vortex states in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates with Rashba-Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling by using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. In one dimension, both in homogeneous and harmonically trapped systems, we report on stationary states containing doubly charged, static Josephson vortices. In multidimensional systems, we find stable Josephson vortices in a regime of parameters typical of current experiments with 87Rb atoms. In addition, we discuss the instability regime of Josephson vortices in disk-shaped condensates, where the snake instability operates and vortex dipoles emerge. We study the rich dynamics that they exhibit in different regimes of the spin-orbit-coupled condensate depending on the orientation of the Josephson vortices.

  4. The a.c. Josephson effect without superconductivity

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    Gaury, Benoit; Weston, Joseph; Waintal, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Superconductivity derives its most salient features from the coherence of the associated macroscopic wave function. The related physical phenomena have now moved from exotic subjects to fundamental building blocks for quantum circuits such as qubits or single photonic modes. Here we predict that the a.c. Josephson effect—which transforms a d.c. voltage Vb into an oscillating signal cos (2eVbt/ħ)—has a mesoscopic counterpart in normal conductors. We show that when a d.c. voltage Vb is applied to an electronic interferometer, there exists a universal transient regime where the current oscillates at frequency eVb/h. This effect is not limited by a superconducting gap and could, in principle, be used to produce tunable a.c. signals in the elusive 0.1–10-THz ‘terahertz gap’. PMID:25765929

  5. Asymptotic geometric phase and purity for phase qubit dispersively coupled to lossy LC circuit

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    Mohamed, A.-B.A.; Obada, A.-S.F.

    2011-09-15

    Analytical descriptions of the geometric phases (GPs) for the total system and subsystems are studied for a current biased Josephson phase qubit strongly coupled to a lossy LC circuit in the dispersive limit. It is found that, the GP and purity depend on the damping parameter which leads to the phenomenon of GP death. Coherence parameter delays the phenomenon of a regular sequence of deaths and births of the GP. The asymptotic behavior of the GP and the purity for the qubit-LC resonator state closely follow that for the qubit state, but however, for the LC circuit these asymptotic values are equal to zero. - Highlights: > The model of a current biased Josephson phase qubit, strongly coupled to loss LC circuit, is considered. > Analytical descriptions of the geometric phase (GP) of this model, in the dispersive limit, are studied. > The GP and purity depend on the dissipation which leads to the GP death phenomenon. > Coherence parameter delays the phenomenon of a regular sequence of deaths and births of the GP.

  6. The Josephson Microwave Photomultiplier

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    Osberg, Brendan; Gambetta, Jay; Wilhelm, Frank

    2009-03-01

    The current lack of single microwave photon counters -as opposed to microwave amplifiers- has become a problematic omission in the toolkit of available circuit QED devices. Hence, we propose a microwave photo-multiplier based on a modified phase qubit. Such a system, trapped in the metastable state, can be activated over its potential energy barrier by an incoming photon, creating an avalanche effect analogous to current photo-diodes. Linear coupling of the junction flux with the radiation field, in the weak damping regime, permits photodetection from an arbitrary quantum source in the GHz range. We model this device theoretically and investigate its sensitivity, bandwidth, efficiency, and dark-count rate using the Langevine stochastic differential equations and a path integral approach.

  7. Characterization of a fabrication process for the integration of superconducting qubits and rapid-single-flux-quantum circuits

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    Castellano, Maria Gabriella; Grönberg, Leif; Carelli, Pasquale; Chiarello, Fabio; Cosmelli, Carlo; Leoni, Roberto; Poletto, Stefano; Torrioli, Guido; Hassel, Juha; Helistö, Panu

    2006-08-01

    In order to integrate superconducting qubits with rapid-single-flux-quantum (RSFQ) control circuitry, it is necessary to develop a fabrication process that simultaneously fulfils the requirements of both elements: low critical current density, very low operating temperature (tens of millikelvin) and reduced dissipation on the qubit side; high operation frequency, large stability margins, low dissipated power on the RSFQ side. For this purpose, VTT has developed a fabrication process based on Nb trilayer technology, which allows the on-chip integration of superconducting qubits and RSFQ circuits even at very low temperature. Here we present the characterization (at 4.2 K) of the process from the point of view of the Josephson devices and show that they are suitable to build integrated superconducting qubits.

  8. Josephson Traveling-Wave Antennas

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    Kurin, V. V.; Vdovicheva, N. K.; Shereshevskii, I. A.

    2017-04-01

    We propose a new approach to the problem of obtaining coherent radiation from systems with a great number of Josephson junctions, which is based on the concept of traveling-wave antennas. The traveling wave in a line ensures identity of the electrodynamic conditions, under which the junctions operate, whereas the energy leakage to radiation in the lateral direction prevents saturation of the nonlinearity of the individual junctions having a small dynamic range. Simple analytical models, which demonstrate feasibility of the traveling-wave regime, are considered. A code for direct numerical simulation of Josephson microchips including microantennas, lumped elements, and power supply circuits have been developed. Using the direct numerical simulation, a version of the Josephson antenna, which is similar to the simplest single-wire antenna, is studied and the possibility to realize the traveling-wave regime is demonstrated.

  9. Josephson junction Q-spoiler

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    Clarke, J.; Hilbert, C.; Hahn, E.L.; Sleator, T.

    1986-03-25

    An automatic Q-spoiler comprising at least one Josephson tunnel junction connected in an LC circuit for flow of resonant current therethrough. When in use in a system for detecting the magnetic resonance of a gyromagnetic particle system, a high energy pulse of high frequency energy irradiating the particle system will cause the critical current through the Josephson tunnel junctions to be exceeded, causing the tunnel junctions to act as resistors and thereby damp the ringing of the high-Q detection circuit after the pulse. When the current has damped to below the critical current, the Josephson tunnel junctions revert to their zero-resistance state, restoring the Q of the detection circuit and enabling the low energy magnetic resonance signals to be detected.

  10. Josephson junction Q-spoiler

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    Clarke, John; Hilbert, Claude; Hahn, Erwin L.; Sleator, Tycho

    1988-01-01

    An automatic Q-spoiler comprising at least one Josephson tunnel junction connected in an LC circuit for flow of resonant current therethrough. When in use in a system for detecting the magnetic resonance of a gyromagnetic particle system, a high energy pulse of high frequency energy irradiating the particle system will cause the critical current through the Josephson tunnel junctions to be exceeded, causing the tunnel junctions to act as resistors and thereby damp the ringing of the high-Q detection circuit after the pulse. When the current has damped to below the critical current, the Josephson tunnel junctions revert to their zero-resistance state, restoring the Q of the detection circuit and enabling the low energy magnetic resonance signals to be detected.

  11. Circuit quantum electrodynamics with a spin qubit

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    Petersson, Karl

    2013-03-01

    Electron spins in quantum dots have been proposed as the building blocks of a quantum information processor. While both fast one and two qubit operations have been demonstrated, coupling distant spins remains a daunting challenge. In contrast, circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) has enabled superconducting qubits to be readily coupled over large distances via a superconducting microwave cavity. I will present our recent work aimed at integrating spin qubits with the cQED architecture.[2] Our approach is to use spin qubits formed in strong spin-orbit materials such as InAs nanowires to enable a large effective coupling of the spin to the microwave cavity field. For an InAs nanowire double quantum dot coupled to the superconducting microwave cavity we achieve a charge-cavity coupling rate of ~ 30 MHz. Combining this large charge-cavity coupling rate with electrically driven spin qubit rotations we demonstrate that the cQED architecture can be used a sensitive probe of single spin dynamics. In another experiment, we can apply a source-drain bias to drive current through the double quantum dot and observe gain in the cavity transmission. We additionally measure photon emission from the cavity without any input field applied. Our results suggest that long-range spin coupling via superconducting microwave cavities is feasible and present new avenues for exploring quantum optics on a chip. Research was performed in collaboration with Will McFaul, Michael Schroer, Minkyung Jung, Jake Taylor, Andrew Houck and Jason Petta. We acknowledge support from the Sloan and Packard Foundations, Army Research Office, and DARPA QuEST.

  12. Spin superfluid Josephson quantum devices

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    Takei, So; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Mohseni, Masoud

    2017-04-01

    A macroscopic spintronic qubit based on spin superfluidity and spin Hall phenomena is proposed. This magnetic quantum information processing device realizes the spin-supercurrent analog of the superconducting phase qubit and allows for full electrical control and readout. We also show that an array of interacting magnetic phase qubits can realize a quantum annealer. These devices can be built through standard solid-state fabrication technology, allowing for scalability. However, the upper bound for the operational temperature can, in principle, be higher than the superconducting counterpart, as it is ultimately governed by the magnetic ordering temperatures, which could be much higher than the critical temperatures of the conventional superconducting devices.

  13. Noise and Directionality in a SLUG Microwave Amplifier for Superconducting Qubit Readout

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    Thorbeck, Ted; Zhu, Shaojiang; Leonard, Edward; McDermott, Robert

    2015-03-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers have been widely used for low-noise dispersive readout of superconducting qubits. However, multiple stages of cryogenic isolation are required to protect the qubit from the strong microwave pump tone and from the high temperature noise of downstream gain stages. We want to remove circulators and isolators from the measurement chain because they are bulky, expensive, and magnetic. The SLUG (superconducting low-inductance undulatory galvanometer) is a microwave amplifier that achieves broad bandwidth, low added noise, and high gain. In this talk we discuss measurements of the SLUG added noise (less than photon system added noise). We describe theoretical and experimental investigations of the SLUG reverse isolation. Finally, we discuss backaction of the SLUG on the measured qubit, and we present strategies for the suppression of SLUG backaction.

  14. SLUG Microwave Amplifier as a Nonreciprocal Gain Element for Scalable Qubit Readout

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    Thorbeck, Ted; Leonard, Edward; Zhu, Shaojiang; McDermott, Robert

    Josephson parametric amplifiers for superconducting qubits require several stages of cryogenic isolation to protect the qubit from strong microwave pump tones and downstream noise. But isolators and circulators are large, expensive and magnetic, so they are an obstacle to scaling up a superconducting quantum computer. In contrast, the SLUG (Superconducting Low-inductance Undulatory Galvanometer) is a high gain, broadband, low noise microwave amplifier that provides built-in reverse isolation. Here, we describe the dependence of the SLUG reverse isolation on signal frequency and device operating point. We show that the reverse isolation of the SLUG can be as large as or larger than that of a bulk commercial isolator. Finally, we discuss the use of the SLUG to read out a transmon qubit without isolators or circulators.

  15. Non-Poissonian quantum jumps of a fluxonium qubit due to quasiparticle excitations.

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    Vool, U; Pop, I M; Sliwa, K; Abdo, B; Wang, C; Brecht, T; Gao, Y Y; Shankar, S; Hatridge, M; Catelani, G; Mirrahimi, M; Frunzio, L; Schoelkopf, R J; Glazman, L I; Devoret, M H

    2014-12-12

    As the energy relaxation time of superconducting qubits steadily improves, nonequilibrium quasiparticle excitations above the superconducting gap emerge as an increasingly relevant limit for qubit coherence. We measure fluctuations in the number of quasiparticle excitations by continuously monitoring the spontaneous quantum jumps between the states of a fluxonium qubit, in conditions where relaxation is dominated by quasiparticle loss. Resolution on the scale of a single quasiparticle is obtained by performing quantum nondemolition projective measurements within a time interval much shorter than T₁, using a quantum-limited amplifier (Josephson parametric converter). The quantum jump statistics switches between the expected Poisson distribution and a non-Poissonian one, indicating large relative fluctuations in the quasiparticle population, on time scales varying from seconds to hours. This dynamics can be modified controllably by injecting quasiparticles or by seeding quasiparticle-trapping vortices by cooling down in a magnetic field.

  16. A dc SQUID Phase Qubit with Controlled Coupling to the Microwave Line

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    Budoyo, R. P.; Cooper, B. K.; Zaretskey, V.; Ballard, C. J.; Kim, Z.; Kwon, H.; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.

    2012-02-01

    We have designed and fabricated a Al/AlOx/Al dc SQUID phase qubit on a sapphire substrate with a qubit junction area of 0.4 μm^2. The qubit junction is shunted with a 1 pF interdigitated capacitor, and is isolated from the bias leads by an LC filter and an inductive isolation network using a larger Josephson junction. Our previous device (A. Przybysz et al., IEEE Trans. on Appl. Supercond., 2011) with similar parameters had its relaxation time T1 limited by coupling to the microwave line. To reduce this coupling, we adopted a coplanar stripline design and verified the coupling strength using finite element model microwave simulations. We will discuss our design, the microwave simulations, estimates for the overall coherence time due to losses and noise from various sources, the device fabrication process, and progress towards testing the device.

  17. Josephson instantons and Josephson monopoles in a non-Abelian Josephson junction

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    Nitta, Muneto

    2015-08-01

    The non-Abelian Josephson junction is a junction of non-Abelian color superconductors sandwiching an insulator, or a non-Abelian domain wall if flexible, whose low-energy dynamics is described by a U (N ) principal chiral model with the conventional pion mass. A non-Abelian Josephson vortex is a non-Abelian vortex (color magnetic flux tube) residing inside the junction, that is described as a non-Abelian sine-Gordon soliton. In this paper, we propose Josephson instantons and Josephson monopoles, that is, Yang-Mills instantons and monopoles inside a non-Abelian Josephson junction, respectively, and show that they are described as S U (N ) Skyrmions and U (1 )N -1 vortices in the U (N ) principal chiral model without and with a twisted-mass term, respectively. Instantons with a twisted boundary condition are reduced (or T-dual) to monopoles, implying that C PN -1 lumps are T-dual to C PN -1 kinks inside a vortex. Here we find S U (N ) Skyrmions are T-dual to U (1 )N-1 vortices inside a wall. Our configurations suggest a yet another duality between C PN -1 lumps and S U (N ) Skyrmions as well as that between C PN -1 kinks and U (1 )N-1 vortices, viewed from different host solitons. They also suggest a duality between fractional instantons and bions in the C PN -1 model and those in the S U (N ) principal chiral model.

  18. Dynamics of Josephson pancakes in layered superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.; Snapiro, I.B.

    1994-03-01

    We consider a pointlike vortex in a layered superconductor with linear defects in the superconducting layers. We treat these defects as Josephson junctions with high critical current density. We consider the electrodynamics of these junctions within the framework of nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics. We show that Josephson current through a linear defect in a superconducting layer results in a pointlike vortex with a superconducting core residing in this layer (Josephson pancake). We find the mobility of a Josephson pancake. We consider a small amplitude wave in a Josephson junction with nonlocal electrodynamics. We treat a bending wave for an infinite stack of Josephson pancakes. We find the dispersion relation for these waves. We show that their velocities tend to a certain finite limit when the wavelength tends to infinity.

  19. Realistic Theory of Solid-State Qubits

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-03-20

    limited by decoherence due to the many extra degrees of freedom of a solid state system. We investigate a system of two solid state qubits that are...of systems with finite degrees of freedom whose dynamics are Lie-algebraically closed. vi) Transfer of knowledge to quantum dot charge qubis We studied...the stationary current depending on the internal degrees of freedom . In particular, it turns out that at fixed transport voltage, the current through

  20. Universal two-qubit interactions, measurement, and cooling for quantum simulation and computing

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    Kapit, Eliot

    2015-07-01

    By coupling pairs of superconducting qubits through a small Josephson junction with a time-dependent flux bias, we show that arbitrary interactions involving any combination of Pauli matrices can be generated with a small number of drive tones applied through the flux bias of the coupling junction. We then demonstrate that similar (though not fully universal) results can be achieved in capacitively coupled qubits by exploiting the higher energy states of the devices through multiphoton drive signals applied to the qubits' flux degrees of freedom. By using this mechanism to couple a qubit to a detuned resonator, the qubit's rotating-frame state can be nondestructively measured along any direction on the Bloch sphere. Finally, we describe how the frequency-converting nature of the couplings can be used to engineer a mechanism analogous to dynamic nuclear polarization in NMR systems, capable of cooling an array of qubits well below the ambient temperature, and outline how higher-order interactions, such as local three-body terms, can be engineered through the same couplings. Our results demonstrate that a programmable quantum simulator for large classes of interacting spin models could be engineered with the same physical hardware.

  1. STU black holes as four-qubit systems

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    Levay, Peter

    2010-07-15

    In this paper we describe the structure of extremal stationary spherically symmetric black-hole solutions in the STU model of D=4, N=2 supergravity in terms of four-qubit systems. Our analysis extends the results of previous investigations based on three qubits. The basic idea facilitating this four-qubit interpretation is the fact that stationary solutions in D=4 supergravity can be described by dimensional reduction along the time direction. In this D=3 picture the global symmetry group SL(2,R){sup x3} of the model is extended by the Ehlers SL(2,R) accounting for the fourth qubit. We introduce a four-qubit state depending on the charges (electric, magnetic, and Newman-Unti-Tamburino), the moduli, and the warp factor. We relate the entanglement properties of this state to different classes of black-hole solutions in the STU model. In the terminology of four-qubit entanglement extremal black-hole solutions correspond to nilpotent, and nonextremal ones to semisimple states. In arriving at this entanglement-based scenario the role of the four algebraically independent four-qubit SL(2,C) invariants is emphasized.

  2. STU black holes as four-qubit systems

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    Lévay, Péter

    2010-07-01

    In this paper we describe the structure of extremal stationary spherically symmetric black-hole solutions in the STU model of D=4, N=2 supergravity in terms of four-qubit systems. Our analysis extends the results of previous investigations based on three qubits. The basic idea facilitating this four-qubit interpretation is the fact that stationary solutions in D=4 supergravity can be described by dimensional reduction along the time direction. In this D=3 picture the global symmetry group SL(2,R)×3 of the model is extended by the Ehlers SL(2,R) accounting for the fourth qubit. We introduce a four-qubit state depending on the charges (electric, magnetic, and Newman-Unti-Tamburino), the moduli, and the warp factor. We relate the entanglement properties of this state to different classes of black-hole solutions in the STU model. In the terminology of four-qubit entanglement extremal black-hole solutions correspond to nilpotent, and nonextremal ones to semisimple states. In arriving at this entanglement-based scenario the role of the four algebraically independent four-qubit SL(2,C) invariants is emphasized.

  3. The flux qubit revisited to enhance coherence and reproducibility

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    Yan, Fei; Gustavsson, Simon; Kamal, Archana; Birenbaum, Jeffrey; Sears, Adam P; Hover, David; Gudmundsen, Ted J.; Rosenberg, Danna; Samach, Gabriel; Weber, S; Yoder, Jonilyn L.; Orlando, Terry P.; Clarke, John; Kerman, Andrew J.; Oliver, William D.

    2016-01-01

    The scalable application of quantum information science will stand on reproducible and controllable high-coherence quantum bits (qubits). Here, we revisit the design and fabrication of the superconducting flux qubit, achieving a planar device with broad-frequency tunability, strong anharmonicity, high reproducibility and relaxation times in excess of 40 μs at its flux-insensitive point. Qubit relaxation times T1 across 22 qubits are consistently matched with a single model involving resonator loss, ohmic charge noise and 1/f-flux noise, a noise source previously considered primarily in the context of dephasing. We furthermore demonstrate that qubit dephasing at the flux-insensitive point is dominated by residual thermal-photons in the readout resonator. The resulting photon shot noise is mitigated using a dynamical decoupling protocol, resulting in T2≈85 μs, approximately the 2T1 limit. In addition to realizing an improved flux qubit, our results uniquely identify photon shot noise as limiting T2 in contemporary qubits based on transverse qubit–resonator interaction. PMID:27808092

  4. Josephson junctions with tunable weak links.

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    Schön, J H; Kloc, C; Hwang, H Y; Batlogg, B

    2001-04-13

    The electrical properties of organic molecular crystals, such as polyacenes or C60, can be tuned from insulating to superconducting by application of an electric field. By structuring the gate electrode of such a field-effect switch, the charge carrier density, and therefore also the superfluid density, can be modulated. Hence, weak links that behave like Josephson junctions can be fabricated between two superconducting regions. The coupling between the superconducting regions can be tuned and controlled over a wide range by the applied gate bias. Such devices might be used in superconducting circuits, and they are a useful scientific tool to study superconducting material parameters, such as the superconducting gap, as a function of carrier concentration or transition temperature.

  5. Ultrafast optical control of individual quantum dot spin qubits.

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    De Greve, Kristiaan; Press, David; McMahon, Peter L; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2013-09-01

    Single spins in semiconductor quantum dots form a promising platform for solid-state quantum information processing. The spin-up and spin-down states of a single electron or hole, trapped inside a quantum dot, can represent a single qubit with a reasonably long decoherence time. The spin qubit can be optically coupled to excited (charged exciton) states that are also trapped in the quantum dot, which provides a mechanism to quickly initialize, manipulate and measure the spin state with optical pulses, and to interface between a stationary matter qubit and a 'flying' photonic qubit for quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing. The interaction of the spin qubit with light may be enhanced by placing the quantum dot inside a monolithic microcavity. An entire system, consisting of a two-dimensional array of quantum dots and a planar microcavity, may plausibly be constructed by modern semiconductor nano-fabrication technology and could offer a path toward chip-sized scalable quantum repeaters and quantum computers. This article reviews the recent experimental developments in optical control of single quantum dot spins for quantum information processing. We highlight demonstrations of a complete set of all-optical single-qubit operations on a single quantum dot spin: initialization, an arbitrary SU(2) gate, and measurement. We review the decoherence and dephasing mechanisms due to hyperfine interaction with the nuclear-spin bath, and show how the single-qubit operations can be combined to perform spin echo sequences that extend the qubit decoherence from a few nanoseconds to several microseconds, more than 5 orders of magnitude longer than the single-qubit gate time. Two-qubit coupling is discussed, both within a single chip by means of exchange coupling of nearby spins and optically induced geometric phases, as well as over longer-distances. Long-distance spin-spin entanglement can be generated if each spin can emit a photon that is entangled

  6. Ultrafast optical control of individual quantum dot spin qubits

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    De Greve, Kristiaan; Press, David; McMahon, Peter L.; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2013-09-01

    Single spins in semiconductor quantum dots form a promising platform for solid-state quantum information processing. The spin-up and spin-down states of a single electron or hole, trapped inside a quantum dot, can represent a single qubit with a reasonably long decoherence time. The spin qubit can be optically coupled to excited (charged exciton) states that are also trapped in the quantum dot, which provides a mechanism to quickly initialize, manipulate and measure the spin state with optical pulses, and to interface between a stationary matter qubit and a ‘flying’ photonic qubit for quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing. The interaction of the spin qubit with light may be enhanced by placing the quantum dot inside a monolithic microcavity. An entire system, consisting of a two-dimensional array of quantum dots and a planar microcavity, may plausibly be constructed by modern semiconductor nano-fabrication technology and could offer a path toward chip-sized scalable quantum repeaters and quantum computers. This article reviews the recent experimental developments in optical control of single quantum dot spins for quantum information processing. We highlight demonstrations of a complete set of all-optical single-qubit operations on a single quantum dot spin: initialization, an arbitrary SU(2) gate, and measurement. We review the decoherence and dephasing mechanisms due to hyperfine interaction with the nuclear-spin bath, and show how the single-qubit operations can be combined to perform spin echo sequences that extend the qubit decoherence from a few nanoseconds to several microseconds, more than 5 orders of magnitude longer than the single-qubit gate time. Two-qubit coupling is discussed, both within a single chip by means of exchange coupling of nearby spins and optically induced geometric phases, as well as over longer-distances. Long-distance spin-spin entanglement can be generated if each spin can emit a photon that is

  7. Restoring interlayer Josephson coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 by charge transfer melting of stripe order

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    Khanna, V.; Mankowsky, R.; Petrich, M.; Bromberger, H.; Cavill, S. A.; Möhr-Vorobeva, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Laplace, Y.; Gu, G. D.; Hill, J. P.; Först, M.; Cavalleri, A.; Dhesi, S. S.

    2016-06-30

    Here, we show that disruption of charge-density-wave (stripe) order by charge transfer excitation, enhances the superconducting phase rigidity in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4. Time-resolved resonant soft x-ray diffraction demonstrates that charge order melting is prompt following near-infrared photoexcitation whereas the crystal structure remains intact for moderate fluences. THz time-domain spectroscopy reveals that, for the first 2 ps following photoexcitation, a new Josephson plasma resonance edge, at higher frequency with respect to the equilibrium edge, is induced indicating enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling. Furthermore, the fluence dependence of the charge-order melting and the enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling are correlated with a saturation limit of ~0.5mJ/cm2. When using a combination of x-ray and optical spectroscopies we establish a hierarchy of timescales between enhanced superconductivity, melting of charge order, and rearrangement of the crystal structure.

  8. Restoring interlayer Josephson coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4 by charge transfer melting of stripe order

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    Khanna, V.; Mankowsky, R.; Petrich, M.; Bromberger, H.; Cavill, S. A.; Möhr-Vorobeva, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Laplace, Y.; Gu, G. D.; Hill, J. P.; Först, M.; Cavalleri, A.; Dhesi, S. S.

    2016-06-30

    Here, we show that disruption of charge-density-wave (stripe) order by charge transfer excitation, enhances the superconducting phase rigidity in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4. Time-resolved resonant soft x-ray diffraction demonstrates that charge order melting is prompt following near-infrared photoexcitation whereas the crystal structure remains intact for moderate fluences. THz time-domain spectroscopy reveals that, for the first 2 ps following photoexcitation, a new Josephson plasma resonance edge, at higher frequency with respect to the equilibrium edge, is induced indicating enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling. Furthermore, the fluence dependence of the charge-order melting and the enhanced superconducting interlayer coupling are correlated with a saturation limit of ~0.5mJ/cm2. When using a combination of x-ray and optical spectroscopies we establish a hierarchy of timescales between enhanced superconductivity, melting of charge order, and rearrangement of the crystal structure.

  9. Andreev level qubit.

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    Zazunov, A; Shumeiko, V S; Bratus', E N; Lantz, J; Wendin, G

    2003-02-28

    We investigate the dynamics of a two-level Andreev bound state system in a transmissive quantum point contact embedded in an rf SQUID. Coherent coupling of the Andreev levels to the circulating supercurrent allows manipulation and readout of the level states. The two-level Hamiltonian for the Andreev levels is derived, and the effect of interaction with the quantum fluctuations of the induced flux is studied. We also consider an inductive coupling of qubits and discuss the relevant SQUID parameters for qubit operation and readout.

  10. Systematically Generated Two-Qubit Braids for Fibonacci Anyons

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    Zeuch, Daniel; Carnahan, Caitlin; Bonesteel, N. E.

    We show how two-qubit Fibonacci anyon braids can be generated using a simple iterative procedure which, in contrast to previous methods, does not require brute force search. Our construction is closely related to that of, but with the new feature that it can be used for three-anyon qubits as well as four-anyon qubits. The iterative procedure we use, which was introduced by Reichardt, generates sequences of three-anyon weaves that asymptotically conserve the total charge of two of the three anyons, without control over the corresponding phase factors. The resulting two-qubit gates are independent of these factors and their length grows as log 1/ ɛ, where ɛ is the error, which is asymptotically better than the Solovay-Kitaev method.

  11. PHONONS IN INTRINSIC JOSEPHSON SYSTEMS

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    C. PREIS; K. SCHMALZL; ET AL

    2000-10-01

    Subgap structures in the I-V curves of layered superconductors are explained by the excitation of phonons by Josephson oscillations. In the presence of a magnetic field applied parallel to the layers additional structures due to fluxon motion appear. Their coupling with phonons is investigated theoretically and a shift of the phonon resonances in strong magnetic fields is predicted.

  12. Josephson-CMOS Hybrid Memories

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-04-25

    discussed. These are the non-destructive read-out cell developed by H. Henkels at 24 IBM [25], the variable-threshold cell developed by I. Kurosawa at...1978. [26] I. Kurosawa , A. Yagi, H. Nakagawa, and H. Hayakawa, “Single flux-quantum Josephson memory cell using a new threshold characteristic,” Appl

  13. Generalized parafermions and nonlocal Josephson effect in multilayer systems

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    Ebisu, Hiromi; Sagi, Eran; Tanaka, Yukio; Oreg, Yuval

    2017-02-01

    We theoretically investigate the effects of backscattering and superconducting proximity terms between the edges of two multilayer fractional quantum Hall (FQH) systems. While the different layers are strongly interacting, we assume that tunneling between them is absent. Studying the boundaries between regions gapped by the two mechanisms in an N -layer system, we find N localized zero-mode operators, realizing a generalized parafermionic algebra. We further propose an experiment capable of probing imprints of the generalized parafermionic bound states. This is done by coupling different superconducting contacts to different layers and examining the periodicity of the Josephson effect as a function of the various relative superconducting phases. Remarkably, even if we apply a phase difference between the superconductors in one layer, we induce a Josephson current at the other layers due to interlayer interactions. Furthermore, while the Josephson effect is commonly used to probe only charged degrees of freedom, the possibility of independently controlling the superconducting phase differences between the layers allows us to find imprints of the neutral modes of the underlying multilayer system. In particular, we propose two configurations, one of which is capable of isolating the signal associated with the charge modes while the other probes the neutral modes.

  14. Superconducting qubits on the way to a quantum processor

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    Wilhelm, Frank

    2007-03-01

    Experimental research on supeconducting qubits has seen an enormous progress in recent years. About 10 years after its first theoretical proposals, experiments have demonstrated the necessary building blocks for the exploration of quantum information along several avenues: Single qubit-rotations, long coherence times, high-fidelity nondemolition readout, two-qubit interactions and gates, coupling to delocalized qubit modes. With this progress, analogies to other qubit candidates such as magnetic resonance systems, atomic, and optical systems are evident, but we also see the specific strengths of superconducting qubits play out - in situ tunable strong qubit-qubit coupling, strong coupling between qubits and the quantized electromagnetic field, strong intrinsic nonlinearity, and the possibility to fabricate large circuits. Most of these achievements will be discussed later in the session. I will give an introduction to superconducting qubits in the perspective of quantum information processing [1] accessible to outsiders in the field. I will put the different elements of the session in the perspective of an actual scalable architecture which allows for fault-tolerant quantum computation [1,2]. In order to make further progress in direction, the fidelities of quantum operations need to be improved. I will discuss the crucial topic of understanding and further supressing noise from material defects in these systems, which can influence both the phase and bit-flip error rate [3,4]. I will show, how optimal control theory can help to find fast and high-fidelity shaped pulses for superconducting qubits, even though they, other than spin 1/2 systems, have relatively close leakage levels outside the qubit manyfold [5,6]. This technique also allows to optimize pulses in the presence of telegraph noise [6]. Finally, I will describe how the strong nonlinearity of Josephson circuit can be used for the generation of single microwave photons [7] and lead to a nonlinear

  15. 6 π Josephson Effect in Majorana Box Devices

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    Zazunov, A.; Buccheri, F.; Sodano, P.; Egger, R.

    2017-02-01

    We study Majorana devices featuring a competition between superconductivity and multichannel Kondo physics. Our proposal extends previous work on single-channel Kondo systems to a topologically nontrivial setting of a non-Fermi liquid type, where topological superconductor wires (with gap Δ ) represent leads tunnel coupled to a Coulomb-blockaded Majorana box. On the box, a spin degree of freedom with Kondo temperature TK is nonlocally defined in terms of Majorana states. For Δ ≫TK, the destruction of Kondo screening by superconductivity implies a 4 π -periodic Josephson current-phase relation. Using a strong-coupling analysis in the opposite regime Δ ≪TK, we find a 6 π -periodic Josephson relation for three leads, with critical current Ic≈e Δ2/ℏTK, corresponding to the transfer of fractionalized charges e*=2 e /3 .

  16. Phase transition of dissipative Josephson arrays in a magnetic field

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    Kampf, A.; Schoen, G.

    1988-04-01

    The phase diagram of an array of Josephson junctions in a transverse magnetic field is investigated. The capacitive interactions of charges on the superconducting islands and the associated quantum-mechanical effects, as well as the dissipation due to the flow of normal Ohmic currents, are taken into account. The mean-field approximation of this system can be mapped onto the tight-binding Schroedinger equation for Bloch electrons in a magnetic field, which had been analyzed by Hofstadter. We show how the transition temperature depends on the dissipation and the charging energy.

  17. Vacuum Rabi oscillations observed in a flux qubit LC-oscillator system

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    Semba, Kouichi

    2007-03-01

    Superconducting circuit containing Josephson junctions is one of the promising candidates as a quantum bit (qubit) which is an essential ingredient for quantum computation [1]. A three-junction flux qubit [2] is one of such candidates. On the basis of fundamental qubit operations [3,4], the cavity QED like experiments are possible on a superconductor chip by replacing an atom with a flux qubit, and a high-Q cavity with a superconducting LC-circuit. By measuring qubit state just after the resonant interaction with the LC harmonic oscillator, we have succeeded in time domain experiment of vacuum Rabi oscillations, exchange of a single energy quantum, in a superconducting flux qubit LC harmonic oscillator system [5]. The observed vacuum Rabi frequency 140 MHz is roughly 2800 times larger than that of Rydberg atom coupled to a single photon in a high-Q cavity [6]. This is a direct evidence that strong coupling condition can be rather easily established in the case of macroscopic superconducting quantum circuit. We are also considering this quantum LC oscillator as a quantum information bus by sharing it with many flux qubits, then spatially separated qubits can be controlled coherently by a set of microwave pulses. [1] F. Wilhelm and K. Semba, in Physical Realizations of Quantum Computing: Are the DiVincenzo Criteria Fulfilled in 2004?, (World Scientific; April, 2006) [2] J. E. Mooij et al., Science 285, 1036 (1999). [3] T. Kutsuzawa et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 073501 (2005). [4] S. Saito et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 107001 (2006). [5] J. Johansson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 127006 (2006). [6] J. M. Raimond, M. Brune, and S. Haroche, Rev. Mod. Phys. 73, 565 (2001).

  18. Filter function formalism beyond pure dephasing and non-Markovian noise in singlet-triplet qubits

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    Barnes, Edwin; Rudner, Mark S.; Martins, Frederico; Malinowski, Filip K.; Marcus, Charles M.; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand

    2016-03-01

    The filter function formalism quantitatively describes the dephasing of a qubit by a bath that causes Gaussian fluctuations in the qubit energies with an arbitrary noise power spectrum. Here, we extend this formalism to account for more general types of noise that couple to the qubit through terms that do not commute with the qubit's bare Hamiltonian. Our approach applies to any power spectrum that generates slow noise fluctuations in the qubit's evolution. We demonstrate our formalism in the case of singlet-triplet qubits subject to both quasistatic nuclear noise and 1 /ωα charge noise and find good agreement with recent experimental findings. This comparison shows the efficacy of our approach in describing real systems and additionally highlights the challenges with distinguishing different types of noise in free induction decay experiments.

  19. Artificial neural network circuits with Josephson devices

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    Harada, Y.; Goto, E. )

    1991-03-01

    This article describes a new approach of Josephson devices for computer applications. With an artificial neural network scheme Josephson devices is expected to develop a new paradigm for future computer systems. Here the authors discuss circuit configuration for a neuron with Josephson devices. The authors proposed a combination of a variable bias source and Josephson devices for a synapse circuit. The bias source signal is steered by the Josephson device input signal and becomes the synapse output signal. These output signals are summed up at the specific resistor or inductor to produce the weighted sum of Josephson devices input signals. According to the error signal, the bias source value is corrected. This corresponds to the learning procedure.

  20. Quantum dynamics in the bosonic Josephson junction

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    Chuchem, Maya; Cohen, Doron; Smith-Mannschott, Katrina; Hiller, Moritz; Kottos, Tsampikos; Vardi, Amichay

    2010-11-15

    We employ a semiclassical picture to study dynamics in a bosonic Josephson junction with various initial conditions. Phase diffusion of coherent preparations in the Josephson regime is shown to depend on the initial relative phase between the two condensates. For initially incoherent condensates, we find a universal value for the buildup of coherence in the Josephson regime. In addition, we contrast two seemingly similar on-separatrix coherent preparations, finding striking differences in their convergence to classicality as the number of particles increases.

  1. A NOT operation on Majorana qubits with mobilizable solitons in an extended Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model

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    Xiong, Ye; Tong, Peiqing

    2015-01-01

    Coupling Majorana qubits with other qubits is absolutely essential for storing, manipulating and transferring information for topological quantum computing. We theoretically propose a manner to couple Majorana qubits with solitons, another kind of topological impurity, which was first studied in the spinless Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model. We present a NOT operation on the Majorana qubit by moving the soliton through a heterostructure adiabatically. Based on these two topological impurities, the operation is robust against local disorder. Furthermore, we find that the soliton may carry nonuniversal fractional electric charge instead of fractional charge 1/2, because of the breaking of gauge invariance induced by superconducting proximity.

  2. Quantum circuits for qubit fusion

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    Moussa, Jonathan Edward

    2015-12-01

    In this article, we consider four-dimensional qudits as qubit pairs and their qudit Pauli operators as qubit Cli ord operators. This introduces a nesting, C21 C C42 C C23, where Cmn is the nth level of the m-dimensional qudit Cli ord hierarchy. If we can convert between logical qubits and qudits, then qudit Cli ord operators are qubit non-Cli ord operators. Conversion is achieved by qubit fusion and qudit fission using stabilizer circuits that consume a resource state. This resource is a fused qubit stabilizer state with a fault-tolerant state preparation using stabilizer circuits.

  3. Terahertz radiation from Josephson sandwiches

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    Malishevskii, A. S.; Silin, V. P.; Uryupin, S. A.; Uspenskii, S. G.

    2010-08-01

    Basic results are presented from a study of the Cerenkov emission of electromagnetic waves by solitary vortices and Swihart waves moving in a long Josephson sandwich embedded in a dielectric. The energy fluxes of the electromagnetic field along a long sandwich are examined. The magnitudes of the fluxes are compared over a wide range of frequencies and wave numbers of surface waves in the sandwich.

  4. Josephson junctions with delayed feedback

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    Grønbech-Jensen, Niels; Blackburn, James A.; Huberman, Bernardo A.; Smith, H. J. T.

    1992-12-01

    We study a simple model of an overdamped Josephson junction coupled to a transmission line, which is regarded as a delayed feedback to the junction. It is demonstrated analytically how the nonlocal time dependence can give rise to hysteresis and steps in the current-voltage characteristics of the junction and the fundamental difference between positive and negative feedback is discussed. Excellent agreement between the analytical results and the results of numerical simulations is found.

  5. θ0 thermal Josephson junction

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    Silaev, M. A.

    2017-08-01

    We predict the thermal counterpart of the anomalous Josephson effect in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junctions with noncoplanar magnetic texture. The heat current through the junction is shown to have the phase-sensitive interference component proportional to cos(θ -θ0) , where θ is the Josephson phase difference and θ0 is the texture-dependent phase shift. In the generic trilayer magnetic structure with the spin-filtering tunnel barrier θ0 is determined by the spin chirality of magnetic configuration and can be considered as the direct manifestation of the energy transport with participation of spin-triplet Cooper pairs. In case of the ideal spin filter the phase shift is shown to be robust against spin relaxation caused by the spin-orbital scattering. Possible applications of the coupling between heat flow and magnetic precession are discussed. For the nonideal spin filters with practically relevant parameters we show that θ0 is much larger than the phase shift of the equilibrium Josephson current.

  6. 0-π phase-controllable thermal Josephson junction

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    Fornieri, Antonio; Timossi, Giuliano; Virtanen, Pauli; Solinas, Paolo; Giazotto, Francesco

    2017-05-01

    Two superconductors coupled by a weak link support an equilibrium Josephson electrical current that depends on the phase difference ϕ between the superconducting condensates. Yet, when a temperature gradient is imposed across the junction, the Josephson effect manifests itself through a coherent component of the heat current that flows opposite to the thermal gradient for |ϕ| < π/2 (refs 2-4). The direction of both the Josephson charge and heat currents can be inverted by adding a π shift to ϕ. In the static electrical case, this effect has been obtained in a few systems, for example via a ferromagnetic coupling or a non-equilibrium distribution in the weak link. These structures opened new possibilities for superconducting quantum logic and ultralow-power superconducting computers. Here, we report the first experimental realization of a thermal Josephson junction whose phase bias can be controlled from 0 to π. This is obtained thanks to a superconducting quantum interferometer that allows full control of the direction of the coherent energy transfer through the junction. This possibility, in conjunction with the completely superconducting nature of our system, provides temperature modulations with an unprecedented amplitude of ∼100 mK and transfer coefficients exceeding 1 K per flux quantum at 25 mK. Then, this quantum structure represents a fundamental step towards the realization of caloritronic logic components such as thermal transistors, switches and memory devices. These elements, combined with heat interferometers and diodes, would complete the thermal conversion of the most important phase-coherent electronic devices and benefit cryogenic microcircuits requiring energy management, such as quantum computing architectures and radiation sensors.

  7. Deterministic doping and the exploration of spin qubits

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    Schenkel, T.; Weis, C. D.; Persaud, A.; Lo, C. C.; Chakarov, I.; Schneider, D. H.; Bokor, J.

    2015-01-09

    Deterministic doping by single ion implantation, the precise placement of individual dopant atoms into devices, is a path for the realization of quantum computer test structures where quantum bits (qubits) are based on electron and nuclear spins of donors or color centers. We present a donor - quantum dot type qubit architecture and discuss the use of medium and highly charged ions extracted from an Electron Beam Ion Trap/Source (EBIT/S) for deterministic doping. EBIT/S are attractive for the formation of qubit test structures due to the relatively low emittance of ion beams from an EBIT/S and due to the potential energy associated with the ions' charge state, which can aid single ion impact detection. Following ion implantation, dopant specific diffusion mechanisms during device processing affect the placement accuracy and coherence properties of donor spin qubits. For bismuth, range straggling is minimal but its relatively low solubility in silicon limits thermal budgets for the formation of qubit test structures.

  8. Microwave spectroscopy of spinful Andreev bound states in ballistic semiconductor Josephson junctions

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    van Woerkom, David J.; Proutski, Alex; van Heck, Bernard; Bouman, Daniël; Väyrynen, Jukka I.; Glazman, Leonid I.; Krogstrup, Peter; Nygård, Jesper; Kouwenhoven, Leo P.; Geresdi, Attila

    2017-09-01

    The superconducting proximity effect in semiconductor nanowires has recently enabled the study of new superconducting architectures, such as gate-tunable superconducting qubits and multiterminal Josephson junctions. As opposed to their metallic counterparts, the electron density in semiconductor nanosystems is tunable by external electrostatic gates, providing a highly scalable and in situ variation of the device properties. In addition, semiconductors with large g-factor and spin-orbit coupling have been shown to give rise to exotic phenomena in superconductivity, such as φ0 Josephson junctions and the emergence of Majorana bound states. Here, we report microwave spectroscopy measurements that directly reveal the presence of Andreev bound states (ABS) in ballistic semiconductor channels. We show that the measured ABS spectra are the result of transport channels with gate-tunable, high transmission probabilities up to 0.9, which is required for gate-tunable Andreev qubits and beneficial for braiding schemes of Majorana states. For the first time, we detect excitations of a spin-split pair of ABS and observe symmetry-broken ABS, a direct consequence of the spin-orbit coupling in the semiconductor.

  9. Operation of NIST Josephson Array Voltage Standards

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    Hamilton, Clark A.; Burroughs, Charles; Chieh, Kao

    1990-01-01

    This paper begins with a brief discussion of the physical principles and history of Josephson effect voltage standards. The main body of the paper deals with the practical details of the array design, cryoprobe construction, bias source requirements, adjustment of the system for optimum performance, calibration algorithms, and an assessment of error sources for the NIST-developed Josephson array standard. PMID:28179776

  10. Measurement of Aharonov-Casher effect in a Josephson junction chain

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    Pop, Ioan Mihai; Lecocq, Florent; Pannetier, Bernard; Buisson, Olivier; Guichard, Wiebke

    2011-03-01

    We have recently measured the effect of superconducting phase-slips on the ground state of a Josephson junction chain and a rhombi chain. Here we report clear evidence of Aharonov-Casher effect in a chain of Josephson junctions. This phenomenon is the dual of the well known Aharonov-Bohm interference. Using a capacitively coupled gate to the islands of the chain, we induce oscillations of the supercurrent by tuning the polarization charges on the islands. We observe complex interference patterns for different quantum phase slip amplitudes, that we understand quantitatively as Aharonov-Casher vortex interferences. European STREP MIDAS.

  11. Ultimately short ballistic vertical graphene Josephson junctions

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    Lee, Gil-Ho; Kim, Sol; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Lee, Hu-Jong

    2015-01-01

    Much efforts have been made for the realization of hybrid Josephson junctions incorporating various materials for the fundamental studies of exotic physical phenomena as well as the applications to superconducting quantum devices. Nonetheless, the efforts have been hindered by the diffusive nature of the conducting channels and interfaces. To overcome the obstacles, we vertically sandwiched a cleaved graphene monoatomic layer as the normal-conducting spacer between superconducting electrodes. The atomically thin single-crystalline graphene layer serves as an ultimately short conducting channel, with highly transparent interfaces with superconductors. In particular, we show the strong Josephson coupling reaching the theoretical limit, the convex-shaped temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current and the exceptionally skewed phase dependence of the Josephson current; all demonstrate the bona fide short and ballistic Josephson nature. This vertical stacking scheme for extremely thin transparent spacers would open a new pathway for exploring the exotic coherence phenomena occurring on an atomic scale. PMID:25635386

  12. Engineering double-well potentials with variable-width annular Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-11-01

    Long Josephson tunnel junctions are non-linear transmission lines that allow propagation of current vortices (fluxons) and electromagnetic waves and are used in various applications within superconductive electronics. Recently, the Josephson vortex has been proposed as a new superconducting qubit. We describe a simple method to create a double-well potential for an individual fluxon trapped in a long elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction characterized by an intrinsic non-uniform width. The distance between the potential wells and the height of the inter-well potential barrier are controlled by the strength of an in-plane magnetic field. The manipulation of the vortex states can be achieved by applying a proper current ramp across the junction. The read-out of the state is accomplished by measuring the vortex depinning current in a small magnetic field. An accurate one-dimensional sine-Gordon model for this strongly non-linear system is presented, from which we calculate the position-dependent fluxon rest-mass, its Hamiltonian density and the corresponding trajectories in the phase space. We examine the dependence of the potential properties on the annulus eccentricity and its electrical parameters and address the requirements for observing quantum-mechanical effects, as discrete energy levels and tunneling, in this two-state system.

  13. Engineering double-well potentials with variable-width annular Josephson tunnel junctions.

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-11-09

    Long Josephson tunnel junctions are non-linear transmission lines that allow propagation of current vortices (fluxons) and electromagnetic waves and are used in various applications within superconductive electronics. Recently, the Josephson vortex has been proposed as a new superconducting qubit. We describe a simple method to create a double-well potential for an individual fluxon trapped in a long elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction characterized by an intrinsic non-uniform width. The distance between the potential wells and the height of the inter-well potential barrier are controlled by the strength of an in-plane magnetic field. The manipulation of the vortex states can be achieved by applying a proper current ramp across the junction. The read-out of the state is accomplished by measuring the vortex depinning current in a small magnetic field. An accurate one-dimensional sine-Gordon model for this strongly non-linear system is presented, from which we calculate the position-dependent fluxon rest-mass, its Hamiltonian density and the corresponding trajectories in the phase space. We examine the dependence of the potential properties on the annulus eccentricity and its electrical parameters and address the requirements for observing quantum-mechanical effects, as discrete energy levels and tunneling, in this two-state system.

  14. Magnetically-driven colossal supercurrent enhancement in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions.

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    Tiira, J; Strambini, E; Amado, M; Roddaro, S; San-Jose, P; Aguado, R; Bergeret, F S; Ercolani, D; Sorba, L; Giazotto, F

    2017-04-12

    The Josephson effect is a fundamental quantum phenomenon where a dissipationless supercurrent is introduced in a weak link between two superconducting electrodes by Andreev reflections. The physical details and topology of the junction drastically modify the properties of the supercurrent and a strong enhancement of the critical supercurrent is expected to occur when the topology of the junction allows an emergence of Majorana bound states. Here we report charge transport measurements in mesoscopic Josephson junctions formed by InAs nanowires and Ti/Al superconducting leads. Our main observation is a colossal enhancement of the critical supercurrent induced by an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the substrate. This striking and anomalous supercurrent enhancement cannot be described by any known conventional phenomenon of Josephson junctions. We consider these results in the context of topological superconductivity, and show that the observed critical supercurrent enhancement is compatible with a magnetic field-induced topological transition.

  15. Magnetically-driven colossal supercurrent enhancement in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Tiira, J.; Strambini, E.; Amado, M.; Roddaro, S.; San-Jose, P.; Aguado, R.; Bergeret, F. S.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Giazotto, F.

    2017-01-01

    The Josephson effect is a fundamental quantum phenomenon where a dissipationless supercurrent is introduced in a weak link between two superconducting electrodes by Andreev reflections. The physical details and topology of the junction drastically modify the properties of the supercurrent and a strong enhancement of the critical supercurrent is expected to occur when the topology of the junction allows an emergence of Majorana bound states. Here we report charge transport measurements in mesoscopic Josephson junctions formed by InAs nanowires and Ti/Al superconducting leads. Our main observation is a colossal enhancement of the critical supercurrent induced by an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the substrate. This striking and anomalous supercurrent enhancement cannot be described by any known conventional phenomenon of Josephson junctions. We consider these results in the context of topological superconductivity, and show that the observed critical supercurrent enhancement is compatible with a magnetic field-induced topological transition. PMID:28401951

  16. Magnetically-driven colossal supercurrent enhancement in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Tiira, J.; Strambini, E.; Amado, M.; Roddaro, S.; San-Jose, P.; Aguado, R.; Bergeret, F. S.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Giazotto, F.

    2017-04-01

    The Josephson effect is a fundamental quantum phenomenon where a dissipationless supercurrent is introduced in a weak link between two superconducting electrodes by Andreev reflections. The physical details and topology of the junction drastically modify the properties of the supercurrent and a strong enhancement of the critical supercurrent is expected to occur when the topology of the junction allows an emergence of Majorana bound states. Here we report charge transport measurements in mesoscopic Josephson junctions formed by InAs nanowires and Ti/Al superconducting leads. Our main observation is a colossal enhancement of the critical supercurrent induced by an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the substrate. This striking and anomalous supercurrent enhancement cannot be described by any known conventional phenomenon of Josephson junctions. We consider these results in the context of topological superconductivity, and show that the observed critical supercurrent enhancement is compatible with a magnetic field-induced topological transition.

  17. A Very Small Logical Qubit

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    Kapit, Eliot

    Superconducting qubits are among the most promising platforms for building a quantum computer. However, individual qubit coherence times are not far past the scalability threshold for quantum error correction, meaning that millions of physical devices would be required to construct a useful quantum computer. Consequently, further increases in coherence time are very desirable. In this letter, we blueprint a simple circuit consisting of two transmon qubits and two additional lossy qubits or resonators, which is passively protected against all single qubit quantum error channels through a combination of continuous driving and engineered dissipation. Photon losses are rapidly corrected through two-photon drive fields implemented with driven SQUID couplings, and dephasing from random potential fluctuations is heavily suppressed by the drive fields used to implement the multi-qubit Hamiltonian. Comparing our theoretical model to published noise estimates from recent experiments on flux and transmon qubits, we find that logical state coherence could be improved by a factor of forty or more compared to the individual qubit T1 and T2 using this technique.

  18. Characterizing Ensembles of Superconducting Qubits

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    Sears, Adam; Birenbaum, Jeff; Hover, David; Rosenberg, Danna; Weber, Steven; Yoder, Jonilyn L.; Kerman, Jamie; Gustavsson, Simon; Kamal, Archana; Yan, Fei; Oliver, William

    We investigate ensembles of up to 48 superconducting qubits embedded within a superconducting cavity. Such arrays of qubits have been proposed for the experimental study of Ising Hamiltonians, and efficient methods to characterize and calibrate these types of systems are still under development. Here we leverage high qubit coherence (> 70 μs) to characterize individual devices as well as qubit-qubit interactions, utilizing the common resonator mode for a joint readout. This research was funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under Air Force Contract No. FA8721-05-C-0002. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of ODNI, IARPA, or the US Government.

  19. On 1-qubit channels

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    Uhlmann, Armin

    2001-09-01

    The entropy HT (ρ) of a state with respect to a channel T and the Holevo capacity of the channel require the solution of difficult variational problems. For a class of 1-qubit channels, which contains all the extremal ones, the problem can be significantly simplified by attaching a unique Hermitian antilinear operator ϑ to every channel of the considered class. The channel's concurrence CT can be expressed by ϑ and turns out to be a flat roof. This allows to write down an explicit expression for HT. Its maximum would give the Holevo (one-shot) capacity.

  20. High Power Josephson Effect Sources

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    1994-09-01

    large spacing was nsed ,along with cooling water, os Iao a d$ to ensure the substrate temperature did not rise durn theCox flow Osiltr.adsaljnto ry~ h m...Here two arra’s. a 400 s.m Josephson effect detector and an SIS mixer are "I integrated on a single silicon substrate . One array func- tions as the...junction’s shunt resistor, on array’s output power and detector’s current- voltage characteristics are also discussed. I. INTRODUCTION - U Phb &z locked

  1. Aharonov-Casher effect for plasmons in a ring of Josephson junctions

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    Süsstrunk, Roman; Garate, Ion; Glazman, Leonid I.

    2013-08-01

    Phase slips in a one-dimensional closed array of Josephson junctions hybridize the persistent current states and plasmon branches of excitations. The interference between phase slips passing through different junctions of the array makes the hybridization sensitive to the charges of the superconducting islands comprising the array. This in turn results in the Aharonov-Casher effect for plasmons, which in the absence of phase slips are insensitive to island charges.

  2. Adiabatic Mach-Zehnder Interferometry on a Quantized Bose-Josephson Junction

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    Lee, Chaohong

    2006-10-13

    We propose a scheme to achieve Mach-Zehnder interferometry using a quantized Bose-Josephson junction with a negative charging energy. The quantum adiabatic evolution through a dynamical bifurcation is used to accomplish the beam splitting and recombination. The negative charging energy ensures the existence of a path-entangled state which enhances the phase measurement precision to the Heisenberg limit. A feasible detection procedure is also presented. The scheme should be realizable with current technology.

  3. Multi-electron double quantum dot spin qubits

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    Nielsen, Erik; Kestner, Jason; Barnes, Edwin; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2013-03-01

    Double quantum dot (DQD) spin quits in a solid state environment typically consist of two electron spins confined to a DQD potential. We analyze the viability and potential advantages of DQD qubits which use greater then two electrons, and present results for six-electron qubits using full configuration interaction methods. The principal results of this work are that such six electron DQDs can retain an isolated low-energy qubit space that is more robust to charge noise due to screening. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  4. Majorana box qubits

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    Plugge, Stephan; Rasmussen, Asbjørn; Egger, Reinhold; Flensberg, Karsten

    2017-01-01

    Quantum information protected by the topology of the storage medium is expected to exhibit long coherence times. Another feature is topologically protected gates generated through braiding of Majorana bound states (MBSs). However, braiding requires structures with branched topological segments which have inherent difficulties in the semiconductor-superconductor heterostructures now believed to host MBSs. In this paper, we construct quantum bits taking advantage of the topological protection and non-local properties of MBSs in a network of parallel wires, but without relying on braiding for quantum gates. The elementary unit is made from three topological wires, two wires coupled by a trivial superconductor and the third acting as an interference arm. Coulomb blockade of the combined wires spawns a fractionalized spin, non-locally addressable by quantum dots used for single-qubit readout, initialization, and manipulation. We describe how the same tools allow for measurement-based implementation of the Clifford gates, in total making the architecture universal. Proof-of-principle demonstration of topologically protected qubits using existing techniques is therefore within reach.

  5. Long-range entanglement for spin qubits via quantum Hall edge modes

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    Elman, Samuel J.; Bartlett, Stephen D.; Doherty, Andrew C.

    2017-09-01

    We propose and analyze a scheme for performing a long-range entangling gate for qubits encoded in electron spins trapped in semiconductor quantum dots. Our coupling makes use of an electrostatic interaction between the state-dependent charge configurations of a singlet-triplet qubit and the edge modes of a quantum Hall droplet. We show that distant singlet-triplet qubits can be selectively coupled, with gate times that can be much shorter than qubit dephasing times and faster than decoherence due to coupling to the edge modes. Based on parameters from recent experiments, we argue that fidelities above 99 % could in principle be achieved for a two-qubit entangling gate taking as little as 20 ns.

  6. A proposal for the realization of universal quantum gates via superconducting qubits inside a cavity

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    Obada, A.-S.F.; Hessian, H.A.; Mohamed, A.-B.A.; Homid, Ali H.

    2013-07-15

    A family of quantum logic gates is proposed via superconducting (SC) qubits coupled to a SC-cavity. The Hamiltonian for SC-charge qubits inside a single mode cavity is considered. Three- and two-qubit operations are generated by applying a classical magnetic field with the flux. Therefore, a number of quantum logic gates are realized. Numerical simulations and calculation of the fidelity are used to prove the success of these operations for these gates. -- Highlights: •A family of quantum logic gates is proposed via SC-qubits coupled to a cavity. •Three- and two-qubit operations are generated via a classical field with the flux. •Numerical simulations and calculation of the fidelity are used to prove the success of these operations for these gates.

  7. Magnetoelectrics in disordered topological insulator Josephson junctions

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    Bobkova, I. V.; Bobkov, A. M.; Zyuzin, Alexander A.; Alidoust, Mohammad

    2016-10-01

    We study theoretically the coupling of electric charge and spin polarization in an equilibrium and nonequilibrium electric transport across a two-dimensional Josephson configuration comprised of disordered surface channels of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In the equilibrium state of the system, we predict the Edelstein effect, which is much more pronounced than its counterpart in conventional spin-orbit coupled materials. Employing a quasiclassical Keldysh technique, we demonstrate that the ground state of the system can be shifted experimentally into arbitrary macroscopic superconducting phase differences other than the standard "0" or "π ," constituting a ϕ0 junction, solely by modulating a quasiparticle flow injection into the junction. We propose a feasible experiment in which the quasiparticles are injected into the topological insulator surface by means of a normal electrode and voltage gradient so that oppositely oriented stationary spin densities can be developed along the interfaces and allow for direct use of the spin-momentum locking nature of Dirac fermions in the surface channels. The ϕ0 state is proportional to the voltage difference applied between the injector electrode and superconducting terminals that calibrates the injection rate of particles and, therefore, the ϕ0 shift.

  8. Universal power-law decay of electron-electron interactions due to nonlinear screening in a Josephson junction array

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    Otten, Daniel; Rubbert, Sebastian; Ulrich, Jascha; Hassler, Fabian

    2016-09-01

    Josephson junctions are the most prominent nondissipative and at the same time nonlinear elements in superconducting circuits allowing Cooper pairs to tunnel coherently between two superconductors separated by a tunneling barrier. Due to this, physical systems involving Josephson junctions show highly complex behavior and interesting novel phenomena. Here, we consider an infinite one-dimensional chain of superconducting islands where neighboring islands are coupled by capacitances. We study the effect of Josephson junctions shunting each island to a common ground superconductor. We treat the system in the regime where the Josephson energy exceeds the capacitive coupling between the islands. For the case of two offset charges on two distinct islands, we calculate the interaction energy of these charges mediated by quantum phase slips due to the Josephson nonlinearities. We treat the phase slips in an instanton approximation and map the problem onto a classical partition function of interacting particles. Using the Mayer cluster expansion, we find that the interaction potential of the offset charges decays with a universal inverse-square power-law behavior.

  9. An 8-b Josephson digital signal processor

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    Kotani, Seigo; Inoue, Atsuki; Imamura, Takeshi; Hasuo, Shinya

    1990-12-01

    A 6.3 K-gate Josephson digital signal processor (DSP) that performs 240-psec 8-b multiplication and 410-psec 13-b addition is described. The structure of the DSP, which is based on a three-stage pipeline, and the design of the components used in the DSP are reviewed. The DSP contains 23,000 Josephson junctions on a 5 x 5-mm die and was fabricated using 1.5-micron all-niobium Josephson techniques. Measurements indicate that the DSP can attain a nonparallel processing speed of 1 gigaoperation per second with 12-mW power dissipation.

  10. Josephson device for voltage measurement

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    Régent, A.; Villegier, J. C.; Angénieux, G.; Monllor, C.; Delahaye, F.

    This paper describes a new Josephson device with microwave integrated circuit for voltage standard. The circuit is essentially made of a resonator (Nb), the Josephson junction (Nb, NbOx, Pb-In) and a capacitive microstrip section (Pb-In) which ends the rf part; the dc connections are through Cauer Filters (Nb or Pb-In). A niobium film is deposited on the opposite side of the fused quartz substrate as a ground plane. The circuit is enclosed in a special package with outside dc and rf connections. The technology ensures very good cyclability and lifetime with storage at room temperature. In liquid helium (4.2 K) with a very weak rf power less than 0.5 milliwatts at the frequency resonance (11.5 GHz), 100 μ A high current steps were obtained near a polarization of 4.5 mV. These devices allows a precision of 1 × 10 -7 on the volt standard when used with a series-parallel divider of fixed value (ratio 225). The precise adjustment of the voltages is made by a slight drift of the rf frequency of the source, allowed by the high rf coupling factor of the device and the band width of its resonance.

  11. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P.

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of coupled condensates is a wide-encompassing problem with relevance to superconductors, BECs in traps, superfluids, etc. Here, we provide a unified picture of this fundamental problem that includes i) detuning of the free energies, ii) different self-interaction strengths and iii) finite lifetime of the modes. At such, this is particularly relevant for the dynamics of polaritons, both for their internal dynamics between their light and matter constituents, as well as for the more conventional dynamics of two spatially separated condensates. Polaritons are short-lived, interact only through their material fraction and are easily detuned. At such, they bring several variations to their atomic counterpart. We show that the combination of these parameters results in important twists to the phenomenology of the Josephson effect, such as the behaviour of the relative phase (running or oscillating) or the occurence of self-trapping. We undertake a comprehensive stability analysis of the fixed points on a normalized Bloch sphere, that allows us to provide a generalized criterion to identify the Rabi and Josephson regimes in presence of detuning and decay. PMID:27452872

  12. Flux qubit interaction with rapid single-flux quantum logic circuits: Control and readout

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    Klenov, N. V.; Kuznetsov, A. V.; Soloviev, I. I.; Bakurskiy, S. V.; Denisenko, M. V.; Satanin, A. M.

    2017-07-01

    We present the results of an analytical study and numerical simulation of the dynamics of a superconducting three-Josephson-junction (3JJ) flux qubit magnetically coupled with rapid single-flux quantum (RSFQ) logic circuit, which demonstrate the fundamental possibility of implementing the simplest logic operations at picosecond times, as well as rapid non-destructive readout. It is shown that when solving optimization problems, the qubit dynamics can be conveniently interpreted as a precession of the magnetic moment vector around the direction of the magnetic field. In this case, the role of magnetic field components is played by combinations of the Hamiltonian matrix elements, and the role of the magnetic moment is played by the Bloch vector. Features of the 3JJ qubit model are discussed during the analysis of how the qubit is affected by exposure to a short control pulse, as are the similarities between the Bloch and Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equations. An analysis of solutions to the Bloch equations made it possible to develop recommendations for the use of readout RSFQ circuits in implementing an optimal interface between the classical and quantum parts of the computer system, as well as to justify the use of single-quantum logic in order to control superconducting quantum circuits on a chip.

  13. Low-frequency 1/F noise: Low temperature measurements and effect on superconducting qubit dephasing

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    Crane, Trevis Atherton

    Low-frequency noise caused by critical-current fluctuations in Josephson junctions can lead to substantial, measurement-induced dephasing in superconducting qubits. The purpose of this work is to measure this noise as a function of temperature and to simulate its effect on the measurement dynamics associated with superconducting qubits. In Nb trilayer junctions we measure the noise power at 1 Hz down to 10 mK and verify a T2 dependence for T > 1 K, below which we observe a flattening of the noise magnitude versus temperature. In Al trilayer junctions we measure the critical-current noise power at 1 Hz from 10 mK to 1.4 K and find no dependence on temperature over this range. Possible reasons for the deviation from a T2 dependence are explored, including heating and sample quality. Simulations of the effect of 1/f noise are performed to examine the consequence of using different qubit sampling methods on expected dephasing times. Using the two sampling methods, we can probe the spectral nature and possible source of the dominant noise in a qubit.

  14. Magnetically tunable singlet-triplet spin qubit in a four-electron InGaAs coupled quantum dot

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    Weiss, K. M.; Miguel-Sanchez, J.; Elzerman, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    A pair of self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots filled with two electrons can act as a singlet-triplet spin qubit that is robust against nuclear spin fluctuations as well as charge noise. This results in a T2* coherence time two orders of magnitude longer than that of a single electron, provided the qubit is operated at a particular “sweet spot” in gate voltage. However, at this fixed operating point the ground-state splitting can no longer be tuned into resonance with e.g. another qubit, limiting the options for coupling multiple qubits. Here, we propose using a four-electron coupled quantum dot to implement a singlet-triplet qubit that features a magnetically tunable level splitting. As a first step towards full experimental realization of this qubit design, we use optical spectroscopy to demonstrate the tunability of the four-electron singlet-triplet splitting in a moderate magnetic field. PMID:24177037

  15. Magnetically tunable singlet-triplet spin qubit in a four-electron InGaAs coupled quantum dot

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    Weiss, K. M.; Miguel-Sanchez, J.; Elzerman, J. M.

    2013-11-01

    A pair of self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots filled with two electrons can act as a singlet-triplet spin qubit that is robust against nuclear spin fluctuations as well as charge noise. This results in a T2* coherence time two orders of magnitude longer than that of a single electron, provided the qubit is operated at a particular ``sweet spot'' in gate voltage. However, at this fixed operating point the ground-state splitting can no longer be tuned into resonance with e.g. another qubit, limiting the options for coupling multiple qubits. Here, we propose using a four-electron coupled quantum dot to implement a singlet-triplet qubit that features a magnetically tunable level splitting. As a first step towards full experimental realization of this qubit design, we use optical spectroscopy to demonstrate the tunability of the four-electron singlet-triplet splitting in a moderate magnetic field.

  16. Comment on"Teleportation Protocol of Three-Qubit State Using Four-Qubit Quantum Channels"

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    Wei, Zhao-Hui; Zha, Xin-Wei; Yu, Yan

    2016-11-01

    Recently, Choudhury (Int. J. Theor. Phys. 10, 1007 2016), proposed a teleportation protocol of three-qubit state using four-qubit quantum channels.According to their scheme the three-qubit entangled states could be teleported by use of three simultaneous quantum channels of four-qubit cluster states. In this paper,we emphasize that the same three-qubit entangled states can be teleported perfectly by using only one quantum channel of four-qubit cluster states.

  17. Microwave integrated circuit for Josephson voltage standards

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    Holdeman, L. B.; Toots, J.; Chang, C. C. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A microwave integrated circuit comprised of one or more Josephson junctions and short sections of microstrip or stripline transmission line is fabricated from thin layers of superconducting metal on a dielectric substrate. The short sections of transmission are combined to form the elements of the circuit and particularly, two microwave resonators. The Josephson junctions are located between the resonators and the impedance of the Josephson junctions forms part of the circuitry that couples the two resonators. The microwave integrated circuit has an application in Josephson voltage standards. In this application, the device is asymmetrically driven at a selected frequency (approximately equal to the resonance frequency of the resonators), and a d.c. bias is applied to the junction. By observing the current voltage characteristic of the junction, a precise voltage, proportional to the frequency of the microwave drive signal, is obtained.

  18. THz Cherenkov radiation of Josephson vortex

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    Malishevskii, A. S.; Silin, V. P.; Uryupin, S. A.; Uspenskii, S. G.

    2008-01-01

    It is shown that Josephson vortices travelling in sandwich embedded in dielectric media radiate electromagnetic waves with THz frequencies. This phenomenon is caused by the Cherenkov effect and takes place if vortex velocity exceeds the speed of light in dielectric.

  19. Anomalous Josephson effect in noncentrosymmetric superconductors

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    Zhang, Huan; Wang, Jun; Liu, Jun-Feng

    2016-03-01

    We reveal the underlying physics of the anomalous Josephson effect in a magnetic Josephson junction between two noncentrosymmetric superconductors. The key point is that the two effective superconducting gaps provide two sets of Andreev bound states which carry two supercurrents with different amplitudes. When the magnetization direction of the ferromagnet is suitably chosen, the two supercurrents experience opposite phase shifts from the conventional sinusoidal current-phase relation. Then the total Josephson current results in a continuously tunable ground-state phase difference by adjusting the ferromagnet parameters and the triplet-singlet ratio of noncentrosymmetric superconductors. The emergence of anomalous Josephson current can definitely confirm the existence of triplet pairing and the ground-state phase difference serves as a tool to determine the triplet-singlet ratio of noncentrosymmetric superconductors.

  20. Modeling of LC-shunted intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T c superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Kulikov, K. V.; Botha, A. E.; Plecenik, A.; Seidel, P.; Nawrocki, W.

    2017-02-01

    Resonance phenomena in a model of intrinsic Josephson junctions shunted by LC-elements (L-inductance, C-capacitance) are studied. The phase dynamics and IV-characteristics are investigated in detail when the Josephson frequency approaches the frequency of the resonance circuit. A realization of parametric resonance through the excitation of a longitudinal plasma wave, within the bias current interval corresponding to the resonance circuit branch, is demonstrated. It is found that the temporal dependence of the total voltage of the stack, and the voltage measured across the shunt capacitor, reflect the charging of superconducting layers, a phenomenon which might be useful as a means of detecting such charging experimentally. Thus, based on the voltage dynamics, a novel method for the determination of charging in the superconducting layers of coupled Josephson junctions is proposed. A demonstration and discussion of the influence of external electromagnetic radiation on the IV-characteristics and charge-time dependence is given. Over certain parameter ranges the radiation causes an interesting new type of temporal splitting in the charge-time oscillations within the superconducting layers.

  1. Efficient phase-tunable Josephson thermal rectifier

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    Martínez-Pérez, M. J.; Giazotto, F.

    2013-05-01

    Josephson tunnel junctions are proposed as efficient phase-tunable thermal rectifiers. The latter exploit the strong temperature dependence of the superconducting density of states and phase-dependence of heat currents flowing through Josephson junctions to operate. Remarkably, large heat rectification coefficients up to ˜800% can potentially be achieved using conventional materials and standard fabrication methods. In addition, these devices allow for the in situ fine tuning of the thermal rectification magnitude and direction.

  2. Josephson A/D Converter Development.

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    1981-10-01

    by Zappe and A Landman [20]. They conclude that the simple model of the Josephson effect is applicable up to frequencies at least as high (a) as 300...GHz. B. Time-Domain Experiments 4ooF so The early high - frequency experiments with Josephson devices I .O suggested their use as very fast logic switches...exactly as for the phenomenological model . The tunneling pacitive current paths dominate the circuit at high frequencies . current is the sum of two

  3. Coherent controlization using superconducting qubits

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    Friis, Nicolai; Melnikov, Alexey A.; Kirchmair, Gerhard; Briegel, Hans J.

    2015-01-01

    Coherent controlization, i.e., coherent conditioning of arbitrary single- or multi-qubit operations on the state of one or more control qubits, is an important ingredient for the flexible implementation of many algorithms in quantum computation. This is of particular significance when certain subroutines are changing over time or when they are frequently modified, such as in decision-making algorithms for learning agents. We propose a scheme to realize coherent controlization for any number of superconducting qubits coupled to a microwave resonator. For two and three qubits, we present an explicit construction that is of high relevance for quantum learning agents. We demonstrate the feasibility of our proposal, taking into account loss, dephasing, and the cavity self-Kerr effect. PMID:26667893

  4. Characterization of qubit dephasing by Landau-Zener-Stückelberg-Majorana interferometry.

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    Forster, F; Petersen, G; Manus, S; Hänggi, P; Schuh, D; Wegscheider, W; Kohler, S; Ludwig, S

    2014-03-21

    Controlling coherent interaction at avoided crossings and the dynamics there is at the heart of quantum information processing. A particularly intriguing dynamics is observed in the Landau-Zener regime, where periodic passages through the avoided crossing result in an interference pattern carrying information about qubit properties. In this Letter, we demonstrate a straightforward method, based on steady-state experiments, to obtain all relevant information about a qubit, including complex environmental influences. We use a two-electron charge qubit defined in a lateral double quantum dot as test system and demonstrate a long coherence time of T2 ≃ 200 ns, which is limited by electron-phonon interaction.

  5. High Fidelity Singlet-Triplet S-T_ Qubits in Inhomogeneous Magnetic Fields

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    Wong, Clement; Eriksson, Mark; Coppersmith, Sue; Friesen, Mark

    2015-03-01

    We propose an optimal set of quantum gates for a singlet-triplet qubit in a double quantum dot with two electrons utilizing the S-T- subspace. Qubit rotations are driven by the applied magnetic field and an orthogonal field gradient provided by a micromagnet. We optimize the fidelity of this qubit as a function of magnetic fields, taking advantage of ``sweet spots'' where the rotation frequencies are independent of the energy level detuning, providing protection against charge noise. We simulate gate operations and qubit rotations in the presence of quasistatic noise from charge and nuclear spins as well as leakage to nonqubit states, and predict that in silicon quantum dots gate fidelities greater than 99 % can be achieved for two nearly-orthogonal rotation axes. This work was supported in part by NSF, ARO, UW-Madison Bridge Funding, and the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

  6. A CMOS silicon spin qubit

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    Maurand, R.; Jehl, X.; Kotekar-Patil, D.; Corna, A.; Bohuslavskyi, H.; Laviéville, R.; Hutin, L.; Barraud, S.; Vinet, M.; Sanquer, M.; de Franceschi, S.

    2016-11-01

    Silicon, the main constituent of microprocessor chips, is emerging as a promising material for the realization of future quantum processors. Leveraging its well-established complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology would be a clear asset to the development of scalable quantum computing architectures and to their co-integration with classical control hardware. Here we report a silicon quantum bit (qubit) device made with an industry-standard fabrication process. The device consists of a two-gate, p-type transistor with an undoped channel. At low temperature, the first gate defines a quantum dot encoding a hole spin qubit, the second one a quantum dot used for the qubit read-out. All electrical, two-axis control of the spin qubit is achieved by applying a phase-tunable microwave modulation to the first gate. The demonstrated qubit functionality in a basic transistor-like device constitutes a promising step towards the elaboration of scalable spin qubit geometries in a readily exploitable CMOS platform.

  7. A CMOS silicon spin qubit

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    Maurand, R.; Jehl, X.; Kotekar-Patil, D.; Corna, A.; Bohuslavskyi, H.; Laviéville, R.; Hutin, L.; Barraud, S.; Vinet, M.; Sanquer, M.; De Franceschi, S.

    2016-01-01

    Silicon, the main constituent of microprocessor chips, is emerging as a promising material for the realization of future quantum processors. Leveraging its well-established complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology would be a clear asset to the development of scalable quantum computing architectures and to their co-integration with classical control hardware. Here we report a silicon quantum bit (qubit) device made with an industry-standard fabrication process. The device consists of a two-gate, p-type transistor with an undoped channel. At low temperature, the first gate defines a quantum dot encoding a hole spin qubit, the second one a quantum dot used for the qubit read-out. All electrical, two-axis control of the spin qubit is achieved by applying a phase-tunable microwave modulation to the first gate. The demonstrated qubit functionality in a basic transistor-like device constitutes a promising step towards the elaboration of scalable spin qubit geometries in a readily exploitable CMOS platform. PMID:27882926

  8. A CMOS silicon spin qubit.

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    Maurand, R; Jehl, X; Kotekar-Patil, D; Corna, A; Bohuslavskyi, H; Laviéville, R; Hutin, L; Barraud, S; Vinet, M; Sanquer, M; De Franceschi, S

    2016-11-24

    Silicon, the main constituent of microprocessor chips, is emerging as a promising material for the realization of future quantum processors. Leveraging its well-established complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology would be a clear asset to the development of scalable quantum computing architectures and to their co-integration with classical control hardware. Here we report a silicon quantum bit (qubit) device made with an industry-standard fabrication process. The device consists of a two-gate, p-type transistor with an undoped channel. At low temperature, the first gate defines a quantum dot encoding a hole spin qubit, the second one a quantum dot used for the qubit read-out. All electrical, two-axis control of the spin qubit is achieved by applying a phase-tunable microwave modulation to the first gate. The demonstrated qubit functionality in a basic transistor-like device constitutes a promising step towards the elaboration of scalable spin qubit geometries in a readily exploitable CMOS platform.

  9. Superconducting qubit-resonator-atom hybrid system

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    Yu, Deshui; Kwek, Leong Chuan; Amico, Luigi; Dumke, Rainer

    2017-09-01

    We propose a hybrid quantum system where an LC resonator inductively interacts with a flux qubit and is capacitively coupled to a Rydberg atom. Varying the external magnetic flux bias controls the flux qubit flipping and the flux qubit-resonator interface. The atomic spectrum is tuned via an electrostatic field, manipulating the qubit-state transition of atom and the atom-resonator coupling. Different types of entanglement of superconducting, photonic and atomic qubits can be prepared via simply tuning the flux bias and electrostatic field, leading to the implementation of three-qubit Toffoli logic gate.

  10. Quantum Teleportation of a Three-qubit State using a Five-qubit Cluster State

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    Liu, Zhong-min; Zhou, Lin

    2014-12-01

    Recently Muralidharan and Panigrahi (Phys. Rev. A 78, 062333 2008) had shown that using a five-qubit cluster state as quantum channel, it is possible to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state and an arbitrary two-qubit state. In this paper, we investigate this channel for the teleportation of a special form of three-qubit state.

  11. Implementation of a two-qubit Grover algorithm using superconducting qubits

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    Steffen, Matthias; Corcoles, Antonio; Chow, Jerry; Gambetta, Jay; Smolin, John; Ware, Matt; Strand, Joel; Plourde, Britton

    2013-03-01

    High fidelity two-qubit gates have previously been demonstrated with fixed frequency superconducting qubits and employing the cross-resonance effect generating the qubit-qubit interaction in which qubit 1 is driven at the frequency of qubit 2. The drawback of previous implementations of the cross-resonance gate is the fact that single qubit gates on qubit 2 emerge when the qubits are multi-level systems instead of strictly two-level systems. As a result, two-qubit gates must be tuned up by careful timing or by explicitly applying single-qubit correction pulses. This is a cumbersome procedure and can add overall errors. Instead, we show a refocusing scheme which preserves the two-qubit interaction but eliminates the single-qubit gates. The total gate length is only increased by the duration of two single qubit pi-pulses which is a low overhead. When tuning up this composite pulse we show an implementation of a two-qubit Grover's algorithm without applying any correction pulses. The average success probability of the algorithm is consistent with fidelity metrics obtained by independent randomized bench-marking experiments (both single and two-qubit). We acknowledge support from IARPA under contract W911NF-10-1-0324.

  12. Quantum Teleportation of A Four-qubit State by Using Six-qubit Cluster State

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    Li, Yuan-hua; Sang, Ming-huang; Wang, Xian-ping; Nie, Yi-you

    2016-08-01

    We propose a scheme for perfect quantum teleportation of a special form of four-qubit state by using a six-qubit cluster state as quantum channel. In our scheme, the sender only needs six-qubit von-Neumann projective measurements, and the receiver can reconstruct the original four-qubit state by applying the appropriate unitary operation.

  13. Precise Heater Controller with rf-Biased Josephson Junctions

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    Green, Colin J.; Sergatskov, Dmitri A.; Duncan, R. V.

    2003-01-01

    Paramagnetic susceptibility thermometers used in fundamental physics experiments are capable of measuring temperature changes with a precision of a part in 2 x 10(exp 10). However, heater controllers are only able to control open-loop power dissipation to about a part in 10(exp 5). We used an array of rf-biased Josephson junctions to precisely control the electrical power dissipation in a heater resistor mounted on a thermally isolated cryogenic platform. Theoretically, this method is capable of controlling the electrical power dissipation to better than a part in 10(exp 12). However, this level has not yet been demonstrated experimentally. The experiment consists of a liquid helium cell that also functions as a high-resolution PdMn thermometer, with a heater resistor mounted on it. The cell is thermally connected to a temperature-controlled cooling stage via a weak thermal link. The heater resistor is electrically connected to the array of Josephson junctions using superconducting wire. An rf-biased array of capacitively shunted Josephson junctions drives the voltage across the heater. The quantized voltage across the resistor is Vn = nf(h/2e), where h is Planck's constant, f is the array biasing frequency, e is the charge of an electron, and n is the integer quantum state of the Josephson array. This results in an electrical power dissipation on the cell of Pn = (Vn)(sup 2/R), where R is the heater resistance. The change of the quantum state of the array changes the power dissipated in the heater, which in turn, results in the change of the cell temperature. This temperature change is compared to the expected values based on the known thermal standoff resistance of the cell from the cooling stage. We will present our initial experimental results and discuss future improvements. This work has been funded by the Fundamental Physics Discipline of the Microgravity Science Office of NASA, and supported by a no-cost equipment loan from Sandia National Laboratories.

  14. Tunable Few-Electron Quantum Dots as Spin Qubits

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    Elzerman, Jeroen; Hanson, Ronald; Greidanus, Jacob; Willems van Beveren, Laurens; de Franceschi, Silvano; Vandersypen, Lieven; Tarucha, Seigo; Kouwenhoven, Leo

    2003-03-01

    Recently it was proposed to make a quantum bit using the spin of an electron in a quantum dot. We present the first experimental steps towards realizing a system of two coupled qubits. The Zeeman splitting between the two spin states defining the qubit is measured for a one-electron dot in a parallel magnetic field. For a two-electron dot, we control the spin singlet-triplet energy difference with a perpendicular magnetic field, and we induce a transition from singlet to triplet ground state. We find relaxation from triplet to singlet to be extremely slow (> 1 mus), which is promising for quantum computing. We couple two few-electron dots, creating the first fully tunable few-electron double dot. Its charge configuration can be read out with a nearby QPC acting as an integrated charge detector.

  15. Experimental demonstration of Aharonov-Casher interference in a Josephson junction circuit

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    Pop, I. M.; Douçot, B.; Ioffe, L.; Protopopov, I.; Lecocq, F.; Matei, I.; Buisson, O.; Guichard, W.

    2012-03-01

    A neutral quantum particle with magnetic moment encircling a static electric charge acquires a quantum-mechanical phase (Aharonov-Casher effect). In superconducting electronics, the neutral particle becomes a fluxon that moves around superconducting islands connected by Josephson junctions. The full understanding of this effect in systems of many junctions is crucial for the design of novel quantum circuits. Here, we present measurements and quantitative analysis of fluxon interference patterns in a six Josephson junction chain. In this multijunction circuit, the fluxon can encircle any combination of charges on five superconducting islands, resulting in a complex pattern. We compare the experimental results with predictions of a simplified model that treats fluxons as independent excitations and with the results of the full diagonalization of the quantum problem. Our results demonstrate the accuracy of the fluxon interference description and the quantum coherence of these arrays.

  16. Vortex noise and fluctuation conductivity in Josephson-junction arrays

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    Hwang, Ing-Jye; Stroud, D.

    1998-03-01

    We study the vortex number noise Sv(ω) and fluctuation conductivity σ1(ω) in two-dimensional Josephson-junction arrays at three different applied magnetic fields, corresponding to zero, one-half, and 124 of a flux quantum per plaquette (f=0, 12 and 124). Sv and σ1 are obtained by numerically solving the equations for the coupled overdamped resistively-shunted-junction model with Langevin noise to simulate the effects of temperature. In all three cases, we find that Sv(ω)~ω-3/2 at high frequencies ω and flattens out to become frequency independent at low ω, indicative of vortex diffusion, while σ1~ω-2 at sufficiently high ω and ~ω0 at low frequencies. Both quantities show clear evidence of critical slowing down and a simplified scaling behavior near the normal-to-superconducting transitions at f=0 and f=12, indicating that the vortex diffusion coefficient is approaching zero and the charge-carrier relaxation time is diverging at these temperatures. At f=124, there is no clear phase transition; instead, the vortex diffusion coefficient diminishes continuously as the temperature is lowered towards zero. The critical slowing down of Sv(ω), but not its frequency dependence, is in agreement with recent experiments on the flux noise SΦ(ω) in Josephson-junction arrays, which show a 1/ω frequency dependence. We speculate about some possible reasons for the absence of a 1/ω frequency regime.

  17. Qubit thermometry for micromechanical resonators

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    Brunelli, Matteo; Olivares, Stefano; Paris, Matteo G. A.

    2011-09-15

    We address estimation of temperature for a micromechanical oscillator lying arbitrarily close to its quantum ground state. Motivated by recent experiments, we assume that the oscillator is coupled to a probe qubit via Jaynes-Cummings interaction and that the estimation of its effective temperature is achieved via quantum-limited measurements on the qubit. We first consider the ideal unitary evolution in a noiseless environment and then take into account the noise due to nondissipative decoherence. We exploit local quantum estimation theory to assess and optimize the precision of estimation procedures based on the measurement of qubit population and to compare their performances with the ultimate limit posed by quantum mechanics. In particular, we evaluate the Fisher information (FI) for population measurement, maximize its value over the possible qubit preparations and interaction times, and compare its behavior with that of the quantum Fisher information (QFI). We found that the FI for population measurement is equal to the QFI, i.e., population measurement is optimal, for a suitable initial preparation of the qubit and a predictable interaction time. The same configuration also corresponds to the maximum of the QFI itself. Our results indicate that the achievement of the ultimate bound to precision allowed by quantum mechanics is in the capabilities of the current technology.

  18. Double sweet-spot operation of the resonant exchange qubit in three-electron quantum dots

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    Burkard, Guido

    The resonant exchange (RX) qubit is a promising variant of the exchange-only spin qubit in a triple quantum dot which responds to a narrow-band resonant frequency. But the advantage of a permanently applied exchange splitting for spin control generally entails an increased susceptibility to charge noise. We have investigated the influence of electrical charge noise on a resonant exchange (RX) qubit by taking into account uncorrelated noise in each quantum dot, giving rise to two independent noisy bias parameters ɛ and Δ. Calculating the energy splitting of the two qubit states as a function of these two bias detuning parameters, we have identified ``sweet spots,'' where the qubit is least susceptible to noise. Our investigation shows that the sweet spots exist within the low-bias regime, in which the bias detuning parameters have the same magnitude as the hopping parameters between the dots. By calculating and comparing the charge dephasing rates at the various operating points of the RX qubit, we identify a new favorable operating regime for the RX qubit in the case of weak noise, based on these double sweet spots. In contrast, spin noise can be mitigated using exchange-based dynamical decoupling sequences that have been optimized using two different strategies, Uhrig dynamical decoupling (UDD) and optimized filter function dynamical decoupling (OFDD). Finally, we give a brief outlook towards the possibility of long-distance coupling between resonant exchange qubits mediated by a microwave cavity. Supported by DFG through SFB 767 and ARO through Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0149.

  19. A Broadband Quantum-Limited Josephson Parametric Amplifier. Part II: Theory

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    Mutus, Josh; Barends, R.; Bochmann, J.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Megrant, A.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P.; Quintana, C.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T. C.; Cleland, A. N.; Martinis, J. M.

    2014-03-01

    The quantum-limited nature of the Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA) has enabled exquisite studies of single qubit dynamics. Scaling up to larger quantum systems and higher-power dynamics requires wider bandwidth and higher saturation power. We demonstrate that both bandwidth and saturation power can be increased by an order of magnitude through careful engineering of the frequency dependent impedance environment. We can understand and engineer the interaction between the JPA and this environment using the ``pumpistor'' model, in which the flux-pumped SQUID is treated as a linear circuit element. At extreme low Q this interaction, previously viewed as a parasitic effect, can be used to greatly enhance bandwidth while maintaining the robust noise performance of the JPA.

  20. Enhanced Dynamic Range in N-SQUID Lumped Josephson Parametric Amplifiers

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    Eddins, A.; Levenson-Falk, E. M.; Toyli, D. M.; Vijay, R.; Minev, Z.; Siddiqi, I.

    2014-03-01

    Simultaneously providing high gain and nearly quantum-limited noise performance, superconducting parametric amplifiers (paramps) have been used successfully for high fidelity qubit readout, quantum feedback, and microwave quantum optics experiments. The Lumped Josephson Parametric Amplifier (LJPA) consists of a capacitively shunted SQUID coupled to a transmission line to form a nonlinear resonator. Like other paramps employing a resonant circuit, the LJPA's dynamic range-a potentially key ingredient for multiplexing-is limited. Simple theory predicts that the dynamic range can be increased without any reduction in bandwidth or gain by distributing the resonator nonlinearity over a series array of SQUIDs. We fabricated such array devices with up to 5 SQUIDs and observed a clear increase in the critical power for bifurcation about which parametric gain occurs. We discuss in detail amplifier performance as a function of the number of SQUIDs in the array. This research was supported by the Army Research Office under a QCT grant.

  1. Transient renormalization of the Josephson plasma frequency

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    Krasniqi, F. S.

    2017-03-01

    Layered superconductors are emerging as compact sources of intense, continuous and coherent terahertz (THz) waves [Welp et al., Nat. Photonics 7, 702 (2013)]. Apart from that, they also represent nonlinear media that can exhibit a host of nonlinear optical effects such as odd harmonic generation, slowing down of THz waves, self-focusing and self-induced transparency [Savel'ev et al., Nat. Phys. 2, 521 (2006)] that further widen their range of applications. In the linear regime, electromagnetic waves can penetrate them only if their frequency is larger than a gap-frequency, the so-called Josephson plasma frequency, whose signature is characterized by an edge in the THz reflectivity spectrum. In this work, transient renormalization of the Josephson plasma frequency in THz-perturbed La1.84Sr0.16CuO4 has been experimentally observed using the time-resolved THz time-domain spectroscopy. As the perturbing THz field evolves in time, the reflectivity edge measured from the raw-reflectivity data is found to exhibit a red shift, thus implying a reduction in the Josephson plasma frequency. This is a nonlinear effect that renders the layered superconductor transparent over a narrow spectral range close to the Josephson plasma frequency—THz waves with frequencies smaller than the unperturbed Josephson plasma frequency can penetrate the sample. The results presented in this paper should stimulate the development of nonlinear physics in layered superconductors and contribute in developing new concepts for well-controllable THz devices.

  2. Cryocooled Josephson standards for AC voltage metrology

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    Durandetto, P.; Sosso, A.; Monticone, E.; Trinchera, B.; Fretto, M.; Lacquaniti, V.

    2017-05-01

    The Josephson effect is worldwide used as a basis for constant reference voltages in national metrological institutes and in calibration laboratories of industry. Research on Josephson voltage standards is aiming at a fundamental change also in the metrology of the volt for AC and arbitrary waveforms: programmable Josephson voltage standards converting a digital code into a quantum-accurate stepwise waveform are already available in primary laboratories and even more advanced standards for converting sub-nanosecond binary coded pulses into any arbitrary signal with quantum accuracy are now actively developed and tested. A new experimental setup based on a two-stage Gifford-McMahon cryocooler has been developed at INRiM for the operation of AC-Josephson voltage standards. Among its distinct features, the possibility of employing both the aforementioned techniques (programmable and pulsed Josephson voltage standards) is particularly interesting. Quantum-based AC voltage sine waves have been synthesized with both programmable and pulse-driven arrays, although their accuracy is still limited by thermal oscillations due to the cryocooler piston motion.

  3. Parity effect and single-electron injection for Josephson junction chains deep in the insulating state

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    Cedergren, K.; Kafanov, S.; Smirr, J.-L.; Cole, J. H.; Duty, T.

    2015-09-01

    We have made a systematic investigation of charge transport in one-dimensional chains of Josephson junctions where the characteristic Josephson energy is much less than the single-junction Cooper-pair charging energy, EJ≪EC P . Such chains are deep in the insulating state, where superconducting phase coherence across the chain is absent, and a voltage threshold for conduction is observed at the lowest temperatures. We find that Cooper-pair tunneling in such chains is completely suppressed. Instead, charge transport is dominated by tunneling of single electrons, which is very sensitive to the presence of BCS quasiparticles on the superconducting islands of the chain. Consequently, we observe a strong parity effect, where the threshold voltage vanishes sharply at a characteristic parity temperature T*, which is significantly lower than the critical temperature Tc. A measurable and thermally activated zero-bias conductance appears above T*, with an activation energy equal to the superconducting gap, confirming the role of thermally excited quasiparticles. Conduction below T* and above the voltage threshold occurs via injection of single electrons/holes into the Cooper-pair insulator, forming a nonequilibrium steady state with a significantly enhanced effective temperature. Our results explicitly show that single-electron transport dominates deep in the insulating state of Josephson junction arrays. This conduction process has mostly been ignored in previous studies of both superconducting junction arrays and granular superconducting films below the superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition.

  4. Easy method for measurement of environmental impedance and superconducting phase fluctuations in one-dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions

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    Chien, Wei-Chen; Lin, Kuan-Yu; Liou, Saxon; Ho, I.-Lin; Kuo, Watson

    2017-04-01

    We conduct microwave impedance measurements on a one-dimensional (1D) array of Josephson junctions to experimentally determine the Josephson inductance and shunt resistance of the constituent junctions. The effective Josephson energy provides an estimate of the environmental impedance, which is greatly increased due to phase fluctuations in the neighboring junctions. This enhancement is attributed to the charge solitons in the 1D system. In general, the environmental impedance is dominated by the junction’s normal resistance in the superconducting phase coherent regime, but overwhelmed by zero-bias resistance and differential resistance, respectively, in the Coulomb blockaded regime and in the phase fluctuating regime. The change in phase fluctuations owing to a dc bias agrees with the finite temperature phase diffusion model.

  5. Gyrator Operation Using Josephson Mixers

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Brink, Markus; Chow, Jerry M.

    2017-09-01

    Nonreciprocal microwave devices, such as circulators, are useful in routing quantum signals in quantum networks and protecting quantum systems against noise coming from the detection chain. However, commercial, cryogenic circulators, now in use, are unsuitable for scalable superconducting quantum architectures due to their appreciable size, loss, and inherent magnetic field. We report on the measurement of a key nonreciprocal element, i.e., the gyrator, which can be used to realize a circulator. Unlike state-of-the-art gyrators, which use a magneto-optic effect to induce a phase shift of π between transmitted signals in opposite directions, our device uses the phase nonreciprocity of a Josephson-based three-wave-mixing device. By coupling two of these mixers and operating them in noiseless frequency-conversion mode, we show that the device acts as a nonreciprocal phase shifter whose phase shift is controlled by the phase difference of the microwave tones driving the mixers. Such a device could be used to realize a lossless, on-chip, superconducting circulator suitable for quantum-information-processing applications.

  6. A Josephson radiation comb generator

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    Solinas, P.; Gasparinetti, S.; Golubev, D.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-01-01

    We propose the implementation of a Josephson Radiation Comb Generator (JRCG) based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) driven by an external magnetic field. When the magnetic flux crosses a diffraction node of the critical current interference pattern, the superconducting phase undergoes a jump of π and a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the SQUID. Under periodic drive this allows one to generate a sequence of sharp, evenly spaced voltage pulses. In the frequency domain, this corresponds to a comb-like structure similar to the one exploited in optics and metrology. With this device it is possible to generate up to several hundreds of harmonics of the driving frequency. For example, a chain of 50 identical high-critical-temperature SQUIDs driven at 1 GHz can deliver up to a 0.5 nW at 200 GHz. The availability of a fully solid-state radiation comb generator such as the JRCG, easily integrable on chip, may pave the way to a number of technological applications, from metrology to sub-millimeter wave generation. PMID:26193628

  7. Demonstration of an ac Josephson junction laser

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    Cassidy, M. C.; Bruno, A.; Rubbert, S.; Irfan, M.; Kammhuber, J.; Schouten, R. N.; Akhmerov, A. R.; Kouwenhoven, L. P.

    2017-03-01

    Superconducting electronic devices have reemerged as contenders for both classical and quantum computing due to their fast operation speeds, low dissipation, and long coherence times. An ultimate demonstration of coherence is lasing. We use one of the fundamental aspects of superconductivity, the ac Josephson effect, to demonstrate a laser made from a Josephson junction strongly coupled to a multimode superconducting cavity. A dc voltage bias applied across the junction provides a source of microwave photons, and the circuit’s nonlinearity allows for efficient down-conversion of higher-order Josephson frequencies to the cavity’s fundamental mode. The simple fabrication and operation allows for easy integration with a range of quantum devices, allowing for efficient on-chip generation of coherent microwave photons at low temperatures.

  8. Josephson broadband spectroscopy to 1 THz

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    Edstam, J.; Olsson, H. K.

    1994-05-01

    We demonstrate the operation of a ``Josephson Broadband Spectrometer'' (JOBS) with a frequency range and bandwidth of 1 THz. The JOBS uses the inherent frequency tuning of the Josephson oscillations (f=2 eV/h) as a probe of the complex impedance environment, ZL(f), of the Josephson junction. Spectra taken of microstrip resonators (YBa2Cu3O7/SiO/Au) display up to nine harmonic resonances corresponding to a bandwidth of 1000 GHz. We find the surface resistance of YBa2Cu3O7 to scale as f2 over this frequency range, whereas the London penetration depth is frequency independent. The upper frequency limit of the measurement is set by the resonator loss whereas the JOBS presumably has an even larger intrinsic bandwidth.

  9. Anomalous Josephson current in superconducting topological insulator

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    Yamakage, Ai; Sato, Masatoshi; Yada, Keiji; Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Tanaka, Yukio

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the effect of helical Majorana fermions at the surface of superconducting topological insulators (STIs) on the Josephson current by referring to possible pairing states of Cu-doped Bi2Se3. The surface state in the present STI has a spin helicity because the directions of spin and momentum are locked to each other. The Josephson current-phase relation in an STI/s-wave superconductor junction shows robust sin(2φ) owing to mirror symmetry, where φ denotes the macroscopic phase difference between the two superconductors. In contrast, the maximum Josephson current in an STI/STI junction exhibits a nonmonotonic temperature dependence depending on the relative spin helicity of the two surface states. Detecting these features qualifies as distinct experimental evidence for the identification of the helical Majorana fermion in STIs.

  10. Numerical Investigation of Josephson Junction Structures

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    Hristov, I.; Dimova, S.; Boyadjiev, T.

    2009-10-29

    Multilayered long Josephson Junction Structures form an interesting physical system where both nonlinearity and interaction between subsystems play an important role. Such systems allow to study physical effects that do not occur in single Josephson junction.The Sakai-Bodin-Pedersen model--a system of perturbed sine-Gordon equations--is used to study the dynamic states of stacks of inductively coupled long Josephson Junctions (LJJs). The corresponding static problem is numerically investigated as well. In order to study the stability of possible static solutions a Sturm-Liouville problem is generated and solved.The transitions from static to dynamic state and the scenario of these transitions are analyzed depending on the model parameters. Different physical characteristics--current-voltage characteristics, individual instant voltages and internal magnetic fields, are calculated and interpreted.

  11. Josephson current between p-wave superconductors

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    Yokoyama, Takehito; Tanaka, Yukio; Golubov, Alexander; Asano, Yasuhiro

    2006-10-01

    Josephson current in p-wave superconductor/diffusive normal metal (DN)/p-wave superconductor junctions is calculated by solving the Usadel equation under the Nazarov's boundary condition extended to unconventional superconductors by changing the heights of the insulating barriers at the interfaces, the magnitudes of the resistance in DN, and the angles between the normal to the interface and the lobe directions of p-wave pair potentials. It is shown that the magnitude of the Josephson current strongly depends on the lobe directions of the p-wave pair potentials and the resulting magnitude of the Josephson current is large compared to that in the s-wave superconducting junctions due to the formation of the resonant states peculiar to p-wave superconductors.

  12. Scanning Josephson spectroscopy on the atomic scale

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    Randeria, Mallika T.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Yazdani, Ali

    2016-04-01

    The Josephson effect provides a direct method to probe the strength of the pairing interaction in superconductors. By measuring the phase fluctuating Josephson current between a superconducting tip of a scanning tunneling microscope and a BCS superconductor with isolated magnetic adatoms on its surface, we demonstrate that the spatial variation of the pairing order parameter can be characterized on the atomic scale. This system provides an example where the local pairing potential suppression is not directly reflected in the spectra measured via quasiparticle tunneling. Spectroscopy with such superconducting tips also shows signatures of previously unexplored Andreev processes through individual impurity-bound Shiba states. The atomic resolution achieved here establishes scanning Josephson spectroscopy as a promising technique for the study of novel superconducting phases.

  13. Nonreciprocal Microwave Signal Processing with a Field-Programmable Josephson Amplifier

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    Lecocq, F.; Ranzani, L.; Peterson, G. A.; Cicak, K.; Simmonds, R. W.; Teufel, J. D.; Aumentado, J.

    2017-02-01

    We report on the design and implementation of a field-programmable Josephson amplifier (FPJA)—a compact and lossless superconducting circuit that can be programmed in situ by a set of microwave drives to perform reciprocal and nonreciprocal frequency conversion and amplification. In this work, we demonstrate four modes of operation: frequency conversion (transmission of -0.5 dB, reflection of -30 dB), circulation (transmission of -0.5 dB, reflection of -30 dB, isolation of 30 dB), phase-preserving amplification (gain >20 dB , one photon of added noise) and directional phase-preserving amplification (reflection of -10 dB, forward gain of 18 dB, reverse isolation of 8 dB, one photon of added noise). The system exhibits quantitative agreement with the theoretical prediction. Based on a gradiometric superconducting quantum-interference device with Nb /Al -Al Ox/Nb Josephson junctions, the FPJA is first-order insensitive to flux noise and can be operated without magnetic shielding at low temperature. Owing to its flexible design and compatibility with existing superconducting fabrication techniques, the FPJA offers a straightforward route toward on-chip integration with superconducting quantum circuits such as qubits and microwave optomechanical systems.

  14. Observation of 0–π transition in SIsFS Josephson junctions

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    Ruppelt, N. Vavra, O.; Kohlstedt, H.; Sickinger, H.; Menditto, R.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2015-01-12

    The 0–π transition in Superconductor-Insulator-superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SIsFS) Josephson junctions (JJs) was investigated experimentally. As predicted by theory, an s-layer inserted into a ferromagnetic SIFS junction can enhance the critical current density up to the value of an SIS tunnel junction. We fabricated Nb′ | AlO{sub x} | Nb | Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} | Nb JJs with wedge-like s (Nb) and F (Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40}) layers and studied the Josephson effect as a function of the s- and F-layer thickness, d{sub s} and d{sub F}, respectively. For d{sub s} = 11 nm, π-JJs with SIFS-type j{sub c}(d{sub F}) and critical current densities up to j{sub c}{sup π}=60 A/cm{sup 2} were obtained at 4.2 K. Thicker d{sub s} led to a drastic increase of the critical current decay length, accompanied by the unexpected disappearance of the 0–π transition dip in the j{sub c}(d{sub F}) dependence. Our results are relevant for superconducting memories, rapid single flux quantum logic circuits, and solid state qubits.

  15. Observation of 0-π transition in SIsFS Josephson junctions

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    Ruppelt, N.; Sickinger, H.; Menditto, R.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Vavra, O.; Kohlstedt, H.

    2015-01-01

    The 0-π transition in Superconductor-Insulator-superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SIsFS) Josephson junctions (JJs) was investigated experimentally. As predicted by theory, an s-layer inserted into a ferromagnetic SIFS junction can enhance the critical current density up to the value of an SIS tunnel junction. We fabricated Nb' | AlOx | Nb | Ni60Cu40 | Nb JJs with wedge-like s (Nb) and F (Ni60Cu40) layers and studied the Josephson effect as a function of the s- and F-layer thickness, ds and dF, respectively. For ds = 11 nm, π-JJs with SIFS-type j c ( d F ) and critical current densities up to j c π = 60 A / cm 2 were obtained at 4.2 K. Thicker ds led to a drastic increase of the critical current decay length, accompanied by the unexpected disappearance of the 0-π transition dip in the jc(dF) dependence. Our results are relevant for superconducting memories, rapid single flux quantum logic circuits, and solid state qubits.

  16. Randomized Benchmarking of Barrier versus Tilt Control of a Singlet-Triplet Qubit

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    Zhang, Chengxian; Throckmorton, Robert E.; Yang, Xu-Chen; Wang, Xin; Barnes, Edwin; Das Sarma, S.

    2017-05-01

    Decoherence due to charge noise is one of the central challenges in using spin qubits in semiconductor quantum dots as a platform for quantum information processing. Recently, it has been experimentally demonstrated in both Si and GaAs singlet-triplet qubits that the effects of charge noise can be suppressed if qubit operations are implemented using symmetric barrier control instead of the standard tilt control. Here, we investigate the key issue of whether the benefits of barrier control persist over the entire set of single-qubit gates by performing randomized benchmarking simulations. We find the surprising result that the improvement afforded by barrier control depends sensitively on the amount of spin noise: for the minimal nuclear spin noise levels present in Si, the coherence time improves by more than 2 orders of magnitude whereas in GaAs, by contrast the coherence time is essentially the same for barrier and tilt control. However, we establish that barrier control becomes beneficial if qubit operations are performed using a new family of composite pulses that reduce gate times by up to 90%. With these optimized pulses, barrier control is the best way to achieve high-fidelity quantum gates in singlet-triplet qubits.

  17. Towards optimizing two-qubit operations in three-electron double quantum dots

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    Frees, Adam; Gamble, John King; Mehl, Sebastian; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.

    The successful implementation of single-qubit gates in the quantum dot hybrid qubit motivates our interest in developing a high fidelity two-qubit gate protocol. Recently, extensive work has been done to characterize the theoretical limitations and advantages in performing two-qubit operations at an operation point located in the charge transition region. Additionally, there is evidence to support that single-qubit gate fidelities improve while operating in the so-called ``far-detuned'' region, away from the charge transition. Here we explore the possibility of performing two-qubit gates in this region, considering the challenges and the benefits that may present themselves while implementing such an operational paradigm. This work was supported in part by ARO (W911NF-12-0607) (W911NF-12-R-0012), NSF (PHY-1104660), ONR (N00014-15-1-0029). The authors gratefully acknowledge support from the Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellowship Program, which is funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program. Sandia is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  18. Superconducting Qubits for Quantum Computation

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-05-31

    based on the Aharonov - Casher effect for flux tunneling, and the extension of the concept of the quantum non-demolition measurements to the measurement...consists of a Bloch transistor included in the superconducting loop with finite inductance and uses the Aharonov - Casher effect to modulate the flux...tunneling amplitude. The Aharonov - Casher effect in a simple system of Josephson junctions is of considerable interest of its own, and we expect that the

  19. Quantum control of a spin qubit coupled to a photonic crystal cavity

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    Carter, Samuel G.; Sweeney, Timothy M.; Kim, Mijin; Kim, Chul Soo; Solenov, Dmitry; Economou, Sophia E.; Reinecke, Thomas L.; Yang, Lily; Bracker, Allan S.; Gammon, Daniel

    2013-04-01

    A key ingredient for a quantum network is an interface between stationary quantum bits and photons, which act as flying qubits for interactions and communication. Photonic crystal architectures are promising platforms for enhancing the coupling of light to solid-state qubits. Quantum dots can be integrated into a photonic crystal, with optical transitions coupling to photons and spin states forming a long-lived quantum memory. Many researchers have now succeeded in coupling these emitters to photonic crystal cavities, but there have been no demonstrations of a functional spin qubit and quantum gates in this environment. Here, we have developed a coupled cavity-quantum dot system in which the dot is controllably charged with a single electron. We perform the initialization, rotation and measurement of a single electron spin qubit using laser pulses, and find that the cavity can significantly improve these processes.

  20. Tripartite Controlled Teleportation via a Seven-Qubit Entangled State

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    Nie, Yi-you; Sang, Ming-huang; Li, Song-song

    2017-07-01

    We demonstrate that a seven-qubit entangled state can be used to realize the deterministic tripartite controlled teleportation by performing Bell-state measurements, where Alice wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit a to Bob, Charlie wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit b to David and at the same time Edison wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit c to Ford via the control of the supervisor Tom.

  1. Tripartite Controlled Teleportation via a Seven-Qubit Entangled State

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    Nie, Yi-you; Sang, Ming-huang; Li, Song-song

    2017-09-01

    We demonstrate that a seven-qubit entangled state can be used to realize the deterministic tripartite controlled teleportation by performing Bell-state measurements, where Alice wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit a to Bob, Charlie wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit b to David and at the same time Edison wants to teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state of qubit c to Ford via the control of the supervisor Tom.

  2. A universal set of qubit quantum channels

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    Braun, Daniel; Giraud, Olivier; Nechita, Ion; Pellegrini, Clément; Žnidarič, Marko

    2014-04-01

    We investigate the set of quantum channels acting on a single qubit. We provide an alternative, compact generalization of the Fujiwara-Algoet conditions for complete positivity to non-unital qubit channels, which we then use to characterize the possible geometric forms of the pure output of the channel. We provide universal sets of quantum channels for all unital qubit channels as well as for all extremal (not necessarily unital) qubit channels, in the sense that all qubit channels in these sets can be obtained by concatenation of channels in the corresponding universal set. We also show that our universal sets are essentially minimal.

  3. Phonon-Josephson resonances in atomtronic circuits

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    Bidasyuk, Y. M.; Prikhodko, O. O.; Weyrauch, M.

    2016-09-01

    We study the resonant excitation of sound modes from Josephson oscillations in Bose-Einstein condensates. From the simulations for various setups using the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field equations and Josephson equations we observe additional tunneling currents induced by resonant phonons. The proposed experiment may be used for spectroscopy of phonons as well as other low-energy collective excitations in Bose-Einstein condensates. We also argue that the observed effect may mask the observation of Shapiro resonances if not carefully controlled.

  4. Fractional Josephson effect in nonuniformly strained graphene

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    Lee, Shu-Ping; Nandi, Debaleena; Marsiglio, Frank; Maciejko, Joseph

    2017-05-01

    Nonuniform strain distributions in a graphene lattice can give rise to uniform pseudomagnetic fields and associated pseudo-Landau levels without breaking time-reversal symmetry. We demonstrate that by inducing superconductivity in a nonuniformly strained graphene sheet, the lowest pseudo-Landau levels split by a pairing gap can be inverted by changing the sign of the pairing potential. As a consequence of this inversion, we predict that a Josephson π junction deposited on top of a strained graphene sheet exhibits one-dimensional gapless modes propagating along the junction. These gapless modes mediate single electron tunneling across the junction, giving rise to the 4 π -periodic fractional Josephson effect.

  5. Surface Josephson Plasma Waves in Layered Superconductors

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    Savel'Ev, Sergey; Yampol'Skii, Valery; Nori, Franco

    2005-10-01

    We predict the existence of surface waves in layered superconductors in the THz frequency range, below the Josephson plasma frequency ωJ. This wave propagates along the vacuum-superconductor interface and dampens in both transverse directions out of the surface (i.e., towards the superconductor and towards the vacuum). This is the first prediction of propagating surface waves in any superconductor. These predicted surface Josephson plasma waves are important for different phenomena, including the complete suppression of the specular reflection from a sample (Wood’s anomalies) and a huge enhancement of the wave absorption (which can be used as a THz detector).

  6. Flux cloning in Josephson transmission lines.

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    Gulevich, D R; Kusmartsev, F V

    2006-07-07

    We describe a novel effect related to the controlled birth of a single Josephson vortex. In this phenomenon, the vortex is created in a Josephson transmission line at a T-shaped junction. The "baby" vortex arises at the moment when a "mother" vortex propagating in the adjacent transmission line passes the T-shaped junction. In order to give birth to a new vortex, the mother vortex must have enough kinetic energy. Its motion can also be supported by an externally applied driving current. We determine the critical velocity and the critical driving current for the creation of the baby vortices and briefly discuss the potential applications of the found effect.

  7. Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    Mints, R.G.; Kogan, V.G.

    1997-04-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the critical current I{sub c}(H) is considered for a short Josephson junction with the critical current density j{sub c} alternating along the tunnel contact. Two model cases, periodic and randomly alternating j{sub c}, are treated in detail. Recent experimental data on I{sub c}(H) for grain-boundary Josephson junctions in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. Flux Cloning in Josephson Transmission Lines

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    Gulevich, D.R.; Kusmartsev, F.V.

    2006-07-07

    We describe a novel effect related to the controlled birth of a single Josephson vortex. In this phenomenon, the vortex is created in a Josephson transmission line at a T-shaped junction. The 'baby' vortex arises at the moment when a 'mother' vortex propagating in the adjacent transmission line passes the T-shaped junction. In order to give birth to a new vortex, the mother vortex must have enough kinetic energy. Its motion can also be supported by an externally applied driving current. We determine the critical velocity and the critical driving current for the creation of the baby vortices and briefly discuss the potential applications of the found effect.

  9. Fluxon dynamics in two-gap superconductor-based long Josephson junction

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    Ghimire, Bal Ram

    A superconducting tunnel junction with two-gap superconductors, such as MgB2 and iron-based superconductors, can lead to more interesting phase dynamics than those with one-gap superconductors. The phase dynamics in a long Josephson junction (LJJ) may be described by using the sine-Gordon equation. The difference in the phase dynamics between the LJJ with two-gap superconductors and that with the one-gap superconductors arises due to the presence of multiple tunneling channels between the superconductor (S) layers and the inter-band Josephson effect within the same S layer. The inter-band Josephson effect leads to both spatial and temporal modulation of the critical current between the two adjacent S layers. In this work, the effects of critical current modulation on the trajectories of the single Josephson vortex (i.e., fluxon) and the current-voltage characteristics of the two-gap superconductor-based LJJ are estimated. Also, the possibility of a broken time-reversal symmetry state ground state of a single LJJ due to the presence of additional tunneling channels is investigated by using a microscopic model for two-gap superconductors. The consequence of this broken time reversal ground state is discussed. Finally, the equation of motion for fluxon for coupled LJJs interacting via both the magnetic induction effect and charging effect is investigated. As the inter-band Josephson effect is found to affect the dynamics of a single fluxon in a single LJJ, this effect is explicitly taken into account for a two-coupled LJJ stack. This equation of motion is expected to be an excellent starting point for exploring interesting LJJ properties such as collective dynamics of fluxons as well as fractional fluxons.

  10. Towards a heralded eigenstate-preserving measurement of multi-qubit parity in circuit QED

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    Huembeli, Patrick; Nigg, Simon E.

    2017-07-01

    Eigenstate-preserving multi-qubit parity measurements lie at the heart of stabilizer quantum error correction, which is a promising approach to mitigate the problem of decoherence in quantum computers. In this work we explore a high-fidelity, eigenstate-preserving parity readout for superconducting qubits dispersively coupled to a microwave resonator, where the parity bit is encoded in the amplitude of a coherent state of the resonator. Detecting photons emitted by the resonator via a current biased Josephson junction yields information about the parity bit. We analyze theoretically the measurement back action in the limit of a strongly coupled fast detector and show that in general such a parity measurement, while approximately quantum nondemolition is not eigenstate preserving. To remediate this shortcoming we propose a simple dynamical decoupling technique during photon detection, which greatly reduces decoherence within a given parity subspace. Furthermore, by applying a sequence of fast displacement operations interleaved with the dynamical decoupling pulses, the natural bias of this binary detector can be efficiently suppressed. Finally, we introduce the concept of a heralded parity measurement, where a detector click guarantees successful multi-qubit parity detection even for finite detection efficiency.

  11. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2016-04-01

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to <=3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n-1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n>=4, the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n-1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e2/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant.

  12. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter.

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S; Nazarov, Yuli V

    2016-04-04

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to ≤3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n-1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n≥4, the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n-1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e(2)/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant.

  13. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2016-01-01

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to ≤3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n−1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n≥4, the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n−1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e2/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant. PMID:27040917

  14. Josephson Current and Josephson Product Demonstrated by Means of Measurement in an Inhomogeneous Superconductor

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2003-03-01

    In an inhomogeneous high-Tc superconductor, band-filling dependence of Josephson current and Josephson product is demonstrated at T=0 K by means of measurement. The observed Josephson current, J_obs, is given by J_obs=ρJ_i, where 0<ρ<=1 is band filling. When ρ=1, J_obs = Ji is the intrinsic supercurrent occurring by Cooper pair. When 0<ρ<1, J_obs is an average of Ji over the measurement region and is the effect of measurement. The observed Josephson product is given by J_obsRn =ρ(π/2)triangle_i, where trianglei is the intrinsic superconducting gap and small, which results in the small Josephson product as observed by the experiments. triangle_i=4 ˜5 meV for Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8+x is analyzed from the Josephson-product data. In addition, the triple-π-junction experiments, observing the half-flux quantum (Φ_0/2) as evidence of the d-wave symmetry, are discussed by using means of measurement. (References: cond-mat/0110112; J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 71 (2002) 2106.)

  15. Inelastic effects of Josephson junctions

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    Ranjan, Samir

    We have investigated the effects of the inelastic interaction of electrons with phonons in the barrier region of S-I-S and S-N-S Josephson junctions. We find that under suitable conditions this mechanism can cause substantial modifications of the temperature dependence of the critical current jsb{c} as the inevitable loss of coherence can be more than compensated by the enhancement of the tunneling probability resulting from the phonon absorption. The effect depends strongly on the ratio qsb{TF}a of the junction width a to the screening length in the barrier region. For a S-I-S junction, a monotonic decrease in the critical current with temperature is found for qsb{TF}a ≫ 1 whereas for qsb{TF}a ≪ 1, the appearance of a peak in jsb{c}(T) near Tsb{c} is predicted. This new interesting effect is the consequence of the competition between the decrease of the superconducting gap function and the increase in the number of phonons with temperature. A wide range of parameter values has been explored and contact with relevant experimental results has been made. For an S-N-S junction, there is a large increase in the coherence length in the non-superconducting region leading to a substantial enhancement of the critical current over a wide range of temperature. It turns out that the entire temperature range can be divided broadly into two regimes. At low temperatures, the electron predominantly exchanges energy with just one phonon and it is this process that mainly determines the critical current. At higher temperatures the critical current is determined by processes in which the electrons exchange energy with many phonons during their under barrier motion.

  16. Electronic decoherence of two-level systems in a Josephson junction

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    Bilmes, Alexander; Zanker, Sebastian; Heimes, Andreas; Marthaler, Michael; Schön, Gerd; Weiss, Georg; Ustinov, Alexey V.; Lisenfeld, Jürgen

    2017-08-01

    The sensitivity of superconducting qubits allows for spectroscopy and coherence measurements on individual two-level systems present in the disordered tunnel barrier of an Al /AlOx /Al Josephson junction. We report experimental evidence for the decoherence of two-level systems by Bogoliubov quasiparticles leaking into the insulating AlOx barrier. We control the density of quasiparticles in the junction electrodes either by the sample temperature or by injecting them using an on-chip dc superconducting quantum interference device driven to its resistive state. The decoherence rates were measured by observing the two-level system's quantum state evolving under application of resonant microwave pulses and were found to increase linearly with quasiparticle density, in agreement with theory. This interaction with electronic states provides a noise and decoherence mechanism that is relevant for various microfabricated devices such as qubits, single-electron transistors, and field-effect transistors. The presented experiments also offer a possibility to determine the location of the probed two-level systems across the tunnel barrier, providing clues about the fabrication step in which they emerge.

  17. Axion mass estimates from resonant Josephson junctions

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    Beck, Christian

    2015-03-01

    Recently it has been proposed that dark matter axions from the galactic halo can produce a small Shapiro step-like signal in Josephson junctions whose Josephson frequency resonates with the axion mass (Beck, 2013). Here we show that the axion field equations in a voltage-driven Josephson junction environment allow for a nontrivial solution where the axion-induced electrical current manifests itself as an oscillating supercurrent. The linear change of phase associated with this nontrivial solution implies the formal existence of a large magnetic field in a tiny surface area of the weak link region of the junction which makes incoming axions decay into microwave photons. We derive a condition for the design of Josephson junction experiments so that they can act as optimum axion detectors. Four independent recent experiments are discussed in this context. The observed Shapiro step anomalies of all four experiments consistently point towards an axion mass of (110±2) μeV. This mass value is compatible with the recent BICEP2 results and implies that Peccei-Quinn symmetry breaking was taking place after inflation.

  18. Dressed fluxon in a Josephson window junction

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    Caputo, Jean Guy; Flytzanis, Nikos; Devoret, Michel

    1994-09-01

    The static fluxon solutions of a Josephson window junction have been studied numerically. We show that the effect of the idle region surrounding the junction is to ``dress'' the fluxon causing its energy to increase. This effect can be predicted accurately by a simple model.

  19. Fabrication of submicron La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Takano, Yoshihiko; Takahide, Yamaguchi; Ueda, Shinya; Ishii, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Takayoshi; Islam, ATM Nazmul; Tanaka, Isao

    2011-02-01

    Intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks of cuprate superconductors have potential to be implemented as intrinsic phase qubits working at relatively high temperatures. We report success in fabricating submicron La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LSCO) IJJ stacks carved out of single crystals. We also show a new fabrication method in which argon ion etching is performed after focused ion beam etching. As a result, we obtained an LSCO IJJ stack in which resistive multibranches appeared. It may be possible to control the number of stacked IJJs with an accuracy of a single IJJ by developing this method.

  20. Qubit detection with a T-shaped double quantum dot detector

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    Luo, JunYan; Jiao, HuJun; Hu, Jing; He, Xiao-Ling; Lang, XiaoLi; Wang, Shi-Kuan

    2015-07-01

    We propose to continuously monitor a charge qubit by utilizing a T-shaped double quantum dot detector, in which the qubit and double dot are arranged in such a unique way that the detector turns out to be particularly susceptible to the charge states of the qubit. Special attention is paid to the regime where acquisition of qubit information and backaction upon the measured system exhibit nontrivial correlation. The intrinsic dynamics of the qubit gives rise to dynamical blockade of tunneling events through the detector, resulting in a super-Poissonian noise. However, such a pronounced enhancement of the detector's shot noise does not necessarily produce a rising dephasing rate. In contrast, an inhibition of dephasing is entailed by the reduction of information acquisition in the dynamically blockaded regimes. We further reveal the important impact of the charge fluctuations on the measurement characteristics. Noticeably, under the condition of symmetric junction capacitances the noise pedestal of the circuit current is completely suppressed, leading to a divergent signal-to-noise ratio, and eventually to a violation of the Korotkov-Averin bound in quantum measurement. Our study offers the possibility for a double dot detector to reach the quantum limited effectiveness in a transparent manner.

  1. Optimal signal processing for continuous qubit readout

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    Ng, Shilin; Tsang, Mankei

    2014-08-01

    The measurement of a quantum two-level system, or a qubit in modern terminology, often involves an electromagnetic field that interacts with the qubit, before the field is measured continuously and the qubit state is inferred from the noisy field measurement. During the measurement, the qubit may undergo spontaneous transitions, further obscuring the initial qubit state from the observer. Taking advantage of some well-known techniques in stochastic detection theory, here we propose a signal processing protocol that can infer the initial qubit state optimally from the measurement in the presence of noise and qubit dynamics. Assuming continuous quantum-nondemolition measurements with Gaussian or Poissonian noise and a classical Markov model for the qubit, we derive analytic solutions to the protocol in some special cases of interest using Itō calculus. Our method is applicable to multihypothesis testing for robust qubit readout and relevant to experiments on qubits in superconducting microwave circuits, trapped ions, nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond, semiconductor quantum dots, or phosphorus donors in silicon.

  2. Markovian Dynamics of Josephson Parametric Amplification

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    Kaiser, Waldemar; Haider, Michael; Russer, Johannes A.; Russer, Peter; Jirauschek, Christian

    2017-09-01

    In this work, we derive the dynamics of the lossy DC pumped non-degenerate Josephson parametric amplifier (DCPJPA). The main element in a DCPJPA is the superconducting Josephson junction. The DC bias generates the AC Josephson current varying the nonlinear inductance of the junction. By this way the Josephson junction acts as the pump oscillator as well as the time varying reactance of the parametric amplifier. In quantum-limited amplification, losses and noise have an increased impact on the characteristics of an amplifier. We outline the classical model of the lossy DCPJPA and derive the available noise power spectral densities. A classical treatment is not capable of including properties like spontaneous emission which is mandatory in case of amplification at the quantum limit. Thus, we derive a quantum mechanical model of the lossy DCPJPA. Thermal losses are modeled by the quantum Langevin approach, by coupling the quantized system to a photon heat bath in thermodynamic equilibrium. The mode occupation in the bath follows the Bose-Einstein statistics. Based on the second quantization formalism, we derive the Heisenberg equations of motion of both resonator modes. We assume the dynamics of the system to follow the Markovian approximation, i.e. the system only depends on its actual state and is memory-free. We explicitly compute the time evolution of the contributions to the signal mode energy and give numeric examples based on different damping and coupling constants. Our analytic results show, that this model is capable of including thermal noise into the description of the DC pumped non-degenerate Josephson parametric amplifier.

  3. One-dimensional Josephson arrays as superlattices for single Cooper pairs

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    Odintsov, A. A.

    1996-07-01

    We investigate uniform one-dimensional arrays of small Josephson junctions [EJ<>1 is the screening length in units of the lattice constant of the array). At low energies this system can be described in terms of interacting Bose particles (extra single Cooper pairs) on the lattice. With increasing concentration ν of extra Cooper pairs, a crossover from the Bose gas phase to the Wigner crystal phase and then to the superlattice regime occurs. The phase diagram in the superlattice regime consists of commensurable insulating phases with ν=1/l (l is integer) separated by superconducting regions where the current is carried by excitations with fractional electric charge q=+/-2e/l. The Josephson current through a ring-shaped array pierced by magnetic flux is calculated for all of the phases.

  4. One-dimensional Josephson arrays as superlattices for single Cooper pairs

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    Odintsov, Arkadi

    1996-03-01

    We investigate uniform one-dimensional arrays of small Josephson junctions (EJ << E_C, EC = (2e)^2/2C) with a realistic Coulomb interaction U(x) = EC λ exp( - |x|/λ) (here λ >> 1 is the screening length in units of the lattice constant of the array). At low energies this system can be described in terms of interacting Bose particles (extra single Cooper pairs) on the lattice. With increasing concentration ν of extra Cooper pairs, a crossover from the Bose gas phase to the Wigner crystal phase and then to the superlattice regime occurs. The phase diagram in the superlattice regime consists of commensurable insulating phases with ν = 1/l (l is integer) separated by superconducting regions where the current is carried by excitations with fractional electric charge q = ± 2e/l. The Josephson current through a ring-shaped array pierced by magnetic flux is calculated for all of the phases.

  5. Andreev spectrum of a Josephson junction with spin-split superconductors

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    Bujnowski, B.; Bercioux, D.; Konschelle, F.; Cayssol, J.; Bergeret, F. S.

    2016-09-01

    The Andreev bound states and charge transport in a Josephson junction between two superconductors with intrinsic exchange fields are studied. We find that for a parallel configuration of the exchange fields in the superconductors the discrete spectrum consists of two pairs of spin-split states. The Josephson current in this case is mainly carried by bound states. In contrast, for the antiparallel configuration we find that there is no spin-splitting of the bound states and that for phase differences smaller than a certain critical value there are no bound states at all. Hence the supercurrent is only carried by states in the continuous part of the spectrum. Our predictions can be tested by performing a tunneling spectroscopy of a weak link between two spin-split superconductors.

  6. Quantacell: powerful charging of quantum batteries

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    Binder, Felix C.; Vinjanampathy, Sai; Modi, Kavan; Goold, John

    2015-07-01

    We study the problem of charging a quantum battery in finite time. We demonstrate an analytical optimal protocol for the case of a single qubit. Extending this analysis to an array of N qubits, we demonstrate that an N-fold advantage in power per qubit can be achieved when global operations are permitted. The exemplary analytic argument for this quantum advantage in the charging power is backed up by numerical analysis using optimal control techniques. It is demonstrated that the quantum advantage for power holds when, with cyclic operation in mind, initial and final states are required to be separable.

  7. Dynamics of two coupled semiconductor spin qubits in a noisy environment

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    Das Sarma, S.; Throckmorton, Robert E.; Wu, Yang-Le

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically consider the temporal dynamics of two coupled spin qubits (e.g., semiconductor quantum dots) driven by the interqubit spin-spin coupling. The presence of environmental noise (e.g., charge traps, nuclear spins, random magnetic impurities) is accounted for by including random magnetic field and random interqubit coupling terms in the Hamiltonian. Both Heisenberg coupling and Ising coupling between the spin qubits are considered, corresponding respectively to exchange and capacitive gates as appropriate for single spin and singlet-triplet semiconductor qubit systems, respectively. Both exchange (Heisenberg) and capacitive (Ising) coupling situations can be solved numerically exactly even in the presence of noise, leading to the key findings that (i) the steady-state return probability to the initial state remains close to unity in the presence of strong noise for many, but not all, starting spin configurations, and (ii) the return probability as a function of time is oscillatory with a characteristic noise-controlled decay toward the steady-state value. We also provide results for the magnetization dynamics of the coupled two-qubit system. Our predicted dynamics can be directly tested in the already existing semiconductor spin qubit setups providing insight into their coherent interaction dynamics. Retention of the initial state spin memory even in the presence of strong environmental noise has important implications for quantum computation using spin qubits.

  8. Alternating-current properties of short Josephson weak links

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    Moor, Andreas; Volkov, Anatoly F.

    2017-04-01

    We calculate the admittance of two types of Josephson weak links—the first is a one-dimensional superconducting wire with a local suppression of the order parameter, and the second is a short S-c-S structure, where S denotes a superconducting reservoir and c is a constriction. The systems of the first type are analyzed on the basis of time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations derived by Gor'kov and Eliashberg for gapless superconductors with paramagnetic impurities. It is shown that the impedance Z (Ω ) has a maximum as a function of the frequency Ω , and the electric field EΩ is determined by two gauge-invariant quantities. One of them is the condensate momentum QΩ and another is a potential μ related to charge imbalance. The structures of the second type are studied on the basis of microscopic equations for quasiclassical Green's functions in the Keldysh technique. For short S-c-S contacts (the Thouless energy ETh=D /L2≫Δ ), we present a formula for admittance Y valid frequencies Ω and temperatures T less than the Thouless energy ETh (ℏ Ω ,T ≪ETh ) but arbitrary with respect to the energy gap Δ . It is shown that, at low temperatures, the absorption is absent [Re (Y )=0 ] if the frequency does not exceed the energy gap in the center of the constriction (Ω <Δ cosφ0 , where 2 φ0 is the phase difference between the S reservoirs). The absorption gradually increases with increasing the difference (Ω -Δ cosφ0) if 2 φ0 is less than the phase difference 2 φc corresponding to the critical Josephson current. In the interval 2 φc<2 φ0<π , the absorption has a maximum. This interval of the phase difference is achievable in phase-biased Josephson junctions. Close to Tc the admittance has a maximum at low Ω , which is described by an analytical formula.

  9. Purification of Logic-Qubit Entanglement

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    Zhou, Lan; Sheng, Yu-Bo

    2016-01-01

    Recently, the logic-qubit entanglement shows its potential application in future quantum communication and quantum network. However, the entanglement will suffer from the noise and decoherence. In this paper, we will investigate the first entanglement purification protocol for logic-qubit entanglement. We show that both the bit-flip error and phase-flip error in logic-qubit entanglement can be well purified. Moreover, the bit-flip error in physical-qubit entanglement can be completely corrected. The phase-flip in physical-qubit entanglement error equals to the bit-flip error in logic-qubit entanglement, which can also be purified. This entanglement purification protocol may provide some potential applications in future quantum communication and quantum network. PMID:27377165

  10. Tunable-cavity QED with phase qubits

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    Whittaker, Jed D.; da Silva, Fabio; Allman, Michael Shane; Lecocq, Florent; Cicak, Katarina; Sirois, Adam; Teufel, John; Aumentado, Jose; Simmonds, Raymond W.

    2014-03-01

    We describe a tunable-cavity QED architecture with an rf SQUID phase qubit inductively coupled to a single-mode, resonant cavity with a tunable frequency that allows for both tunneling and dispersive measurements. Dispersive measurement is well characterized by a three-level model, strongly dependent on qubit anharmonicity, qubit-cavity coupling and detuning. The tunable cavity frequency provides dynamic control over the coupling strength and qubit-cavity detuning helping to minimize Purcell losses and cavity-induced dephasing during qubit operation. The maximum decay time T1 = 1 . 5 μs is limited by dielectric losses from a design geometry similar to planar transmon qubits. This work supported by NIST and NSA grant EAO140639.

  11. One-qubit fingerprinting schemes

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    Beaudrap, J. Niel de

    2004-02-01

    Fingerprinting is a technique in communication complexity in which two parties (Alice and Bob) with large data sets send short messages to a third party (a referee), who attempts to compute some function of the larger data sets. For the equality function, the referee attempts to determine whether Alice's data and Bob's data are the same. In this paper, we consider the extreme scenario of performing fingerprinting where Alice and Bob both send either one bit (classically) or one qubit (in the quantum regime) messages to the referee for the equality problem. Restrictive bounds are demonstrated for the error probability of one-bit fingerprinting schemes, and show that it is easy to construct one-qubit fingerprinting schemes which can outperform any one-bit fingerprinting scheme. The author hopes that this analysis will provide results useful for performing physical experiments, which may help to advance implementations for more general quantum communication protocols.

  12. Fluctuation relation for qubit calorimetry.

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    Kupiainen, Antti; Muratore-Ginanneschi, Paolo; Pekola, Jukka; Schwieger, Kay

    2016-12-01

    Motivated by proposed thermometry measurement on an open quantum system, we present a simple model of an externally driven qubit interacting with a finite-sized fermion environment acting as a calorimeter. The derived dynamics is governed by a stochastic Schrödinger equation coupled to the temperature change of the calorimeter. We prove a fluctuation relation and deduce from it a notion of entropy production. Finally, we discuss the first and second law associated with the dynamics.

  13. Fluctuation relation for qubit calorimetry

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    Kupiainen, Antti; Muratore-Ginanneschi, Paolo; Pekola, Jukka; Schwieger, Kay

    2016-12-01

    Motivated by proposed thermometry measurement on an open quantum system, we present a simple model of an externally driven qubit interacting with a finite-sized fermion environment acting as a calorimeter. The derived dynamics is governed by a stochastic Schrödinger equation coupled to the temperature change of the calorimeter. We prove a fluctuation relation and deduce from it a notion of entropy production. Finally, we discuss the first and second law associated with the dynamics.

  14. Dressed qubits in nuclear spin baths

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    Wu Lianao

    2010-04-15

    We present a method to encode a dressed qubit into the product state of an electron spin localized in a quantum dot and its surrounding nuclear spins via a dressing transformation. In this scheme, the hyperfine coupling and a portion of a nuclear dipole-dipole interaction become logic gates, while they are the sources of decoherence in electron-spin qubit proposals. We discuss errors and corrections for the dressed qubits. Interestingly, the effective Hamiltonian of nuclear spins is equivalent to a pairing Hamiltonian, which provides the microscopic mechanism to protect dressed qubits against decoherence.

  15. Suspending superconducting qubits by silicon micromachining

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    Chu, Y.; Axline, C.; Wang, C.; Brecht, T.; Gao, Y. Y.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a method for relieving aluminum 3D transmon qubits from a silicon substrate using micromachining. Our technique is a high yield, one-step deep reactive ion etch that requires no additional fabrication processes and results in the suspension of the junction area and edges of the aluminum film. The drastic change in the device geometry affects both the dielectric and the flux noise environment experienced by the qubit. In particular, the participation ratios of various dielectric interfaces are significantly modified, and suspended qubits exhibited longer T1's than non-suspended ones. We also find that the suspension increases the flux noise experienced by tunable SQUID-based qubits.

  16. Extracting Information from Qubit-Environment Correlations

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    Reina, John H.; Susa, Cristian E.; Fanchini, Felipe F.

    2014-01-01

    Most works on open quantum systems generally focus on the reduced physical system by tracing out the environment degrees of freedom. Here we show that the qubit distributions with the environment are essential for a thorough analysis, and demonstrate that the way that quantum correlations are distributed in a quantum register is constrained by the way in which each subsystem gets correlated with the environment. For a two-qubit system coupled to a common dissipative environment , we show how to optimise interqubit correlations and entanglement via a quantification of the qubit-environment information flow, in a process that, perhaps surprisingly, does not rely on the knowledge of the state of the environment. To illustrate our findings, we consider an optically-driven bipartite interacting qubit AB system under the action of . By tailoring the light-matter interaction, a relationship between the qubits early stage disentanglement and the qubit-environment entanglement distribution is found. We also show that, under suitable initial conditions, the qubits energy asymmetry allows the identification of physical scenarios whereby qubit-qubit entanglement minima coincide with the extrema of the and entanglement oscillations. PMID:25517102

  17. PREFACE: Nobel Symposium 141: Qubits for Future Quantum Information Nobel Symposium 141: Qubits for Future Quantum Information

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    Claeson, Tord; Delsing, Per; Wendin, Göran

    2009-12-01

    correction, have yet to be solved. It has been predicted that quantum computers will be able to perform certain complicated computations or simulations in minutes or hours instead of years as with present computers. So far there exist very few useful quantum algorithms; however there is hope that the development of these will be stimulated once there is a breakthrough in hardware. Remarkable progress has been made in quantum engineering and quantum measurements, but a large scale quantum computer is still far off. Quantum communication and cryptography are much closer to the market than a quantum computer. The development of quantum information has meant a large push in the field of quantum physics, that previously could only be studied in the microscopic world. Artificial atoms, realized by circuit technology and mimicking the properties of 'natural' atoms, are one example of the new possibilities opened up by quantum engineering. Several different types of qubits have been suggested. Some are based upon microscopic entities, like atoms and ions in traps, or nuclear spins in molecules. They can have long coherence times (i.e. a long period allowing many operations, of the order of 10 000, to be performed before the state needs to be refreshed) but they are difficult to integrate into large systems. Other qubits are based upon solid state components that facilitate integration and coupling between qubits, but they suffer from interactions with the environment and their coherent states have a limited lifetime. Advanced experiments have been performed with superconducting Josephson junctions and many breakthroughs have been reported in the last few years. They have an advantage in the inherent coherence of superconducting Cooper pairs over macroscopic distances. We chose to focus the Nobel Symposium on Qubits for Future Quantum Information on superconducting qubits to allow for depth in discussions, but at the same time to allow comparison with other types of qubits that may

  18. Teleportation capability, distillability, and nonlocality on three-qubit states

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    Lee, Soojoon; Joo, Jaewoo; Kim, Jaewan

    2007-07-15

    In this paper, we consider teleportation capability, distillability, and nonlocality on three-qubit states. In order to investigate some relations among them, we first find the explicit formulas of the quantities about the maximal teleportation fidelity on three-qubit states. We show that if any three-qubit state is useful for three-qubit teleportation then the three-qubit state is distillable into a Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state, and that if any three-qubit state violates a specific form of Mermin inequality then the three-qubit state is useful for three-qubit teleportation.

  19. Work fluctuations in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Lena, R. G.; Palma, G. M.; De Chiara, G.

    2016-05-01

    We calculate the first two moments and full probability distribution of the work performed on a system of bosonic particles in a two-mode Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian when the self-interaction term is varied instantaneously or with a finite-time ramp. In the instantaneous case, we show how the irreversible work scales differently depending on whether the system is driven to the Josephson or Fock regime of the bosonic Josephson junction. In the finite-time case, we use optimal control techniques to substantially decrease the irreversible work to negligible values. Our analysis can be implemented in present-day experiments with ultracold atoms and we show how to relate the work statistics to that of the population imbalance of the two modes.

  20. Quantum Phase Transition in Josephson Junction Arrays

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    Moon, K.; Girvin, S. M.

    1997-03-01

    One-dimensional Josephson junction arrays of SQUIDS exhibit a novel superconductor-insulator phase transition. The critical regime can be accessed by tuning the effective Josephson coupling energy using a weak magnetic field applied to the SQUIDS. The role of instantons induced by quantum fluctuations will be discussed. One novel feature of these systems which can be explained in terms of quantum phase slips is that in some regimes, the array resistance decreases with increasing length of the array. We calculate the finite temperature crossover function for the array resistance and compare our theoretical results with the recent experiments by D. Haviland and P. Delsing at Chalmers. This work is supported by DOE grant #DE-FG02-90ER45427 and by NSF DMR-9502555.

  1. Holographic Josephson junction from massive gravity

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    Hu, Ya-Peng; Li, Huai-Fan; Zeng, Hua-Bi; Zhang, Hai-Qing

    2016-05-01

    We study the holographic superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson junction in de Rham-Gabadadze-Tolley massive gravity. If the boundary theory is independent of spatial directions, i.e., if the chemical potential is homogeneous in spatial directions, we find that the graviton mass parameter will make it more difficult for the normal metal-superconductor phase transition to take place. In the holographic model of the Josephson junction, it is found that the maximal tunneling current will decrease according to the graviton mass parameter. Besides, the coherence length of the junction decreases as well with respect to the graviton mass parameter. If one interprets the graviton mass parameter as the effect of momentum dissipation in the boundary field theory, this indicates that the stronger the momentum dissipation is, the smaller the coherence length is.

  2. On the role of the four-qubit state in two-qubit gate teleportation

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    Sousa, P. R. M.; Mendes, F. V.; Ramos, R. V.

    2016-05-01

    The full analysis of quantum protocols requires the knowledge of the role of quantum states, bases of measurement and quantum gates involved. In what concerns the famous two-qubit quantum gate teleportation protocol, the role of the basis of measurement was considered in a recent work by Mendes and Ramos. In this work, we analyze the role of the four-qubit state used as resource. We show that the quantum two-qubit gate teleportation divides the set of pure four-qubit states in two classes. For one class, deterministic and probabilistic teleportation can be achieved, while for the other class, probabilistic remote two-qubit gate preparation is achieved.

  3. Weak measurement and quantum steering of spin qubits in silicon

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    Morello, Andrea; Muhonen, Juha; Simmons, Stephanie; Freer, Solomon; Dehollain, Juan; McCallum, Jeffrey; Jamieson, David; Itoh, Kohei; Dzurak, Andrew

    Single-shot, projective measurements have been demonstrated with very high fidelities on both the electron and the nuclear spin of single implanted phosphorus (31P) donors in silicon. Here we present a series of experiments where the measurement strength is continousuly reduced, giving access to the regime of weak measurement of single spins.For the electron qubit, the measurement strength is set by the measurement time compared to the spin-dependent tunneling time between the 31P donor and a charge reservoir. For the nuclear qubit, the measurement strength is set by the rotation angle of an ESR pulse.We have demonstrated quantum steering of the spin states, with curious and useful applications. We can improve the fidelity of electron qubit initialization by steering it towards the ground state, thus bypassing thermal effects on the initialization process. We can also accurately measure the electron-reservoir tunnel coupling, without the electron ever tunneling away from the 31P atom. Finally, these techniques allow the study of weak values and Leggett-Garg inequalities. Present address: AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  4. Defect formation in long Josephson junctions

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    Gordeeva, Anna V.; Pankratov, Andrey L.

    2010-06-01

    We study numerically a mechanism of vortex formation in a long Josephson junction within the framework of the one-dimensional sine-Gordon model. This mechanism is switched on below the critical temperature. It is shown that the number of fluxons versus velocity of cooling roughly scales according to the power law with the exponent of either 0.25 or 0.5 depending on the temperature variation in the critical current density.

  5. Local dissipation effects in two-dimensional quantum Josephson junction arrays with a magnetic field

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    Polak, T.P.; Kopec, T.K.

    2005-07-01

    We study the quantum phase transitions in two-dimensional arrays of Josephson-couples junctions with short range Josephson couplings (given by the Josephson energy E{sub J}) and the charging energy E{sub C}. We map the problem onto the solvable quantum generalization of the spherical model that improves over the mean-field theory method. The arrays are placed on the top of a two-dimensional electron gas separated by an insulator. We include effects of the local dissipation in the presence of an external magnetic flux f={phi}/{phi}{sub 0} in square lattice for several rational fluxes f=0,(1/2),(1/3),(1/4), and (1/6). We also have examined the T=0 superconducting-insulator phase boundary as a function of a dissipation {alpha}{sub 0} for two different geometry of the lattice: square and triangular. We have found a critical value of the dissipation parameter independent on geometry of the lattice and presence magnetic field.

  6. Josephson Supercurrent through the Topological Surface States of Strained Bulk HgTe

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    Oostinga, Jeroen B.; Maier, Luis; Schüffelgen, Peter; Knott, Daniel; Ames, Christopher; Brüne, Christoph; Tkachov, Grigory; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.

    2013-04-01

    Strained bulk HgTe is a three-dimensional topological insulator, whose surface electrons have a high mobility (˜30000cm2/Vs), while its bulk is effectively free of mobile charge carriers. These properties enable a study of transport through its unconventional surface states without being hindered by a parallel bulk conductance. Here, we show transport experiments on HgTe-based Josephson junctions to investigate the appearance of the predicted Majorana states at the interface between a topological insulator and a superconductor. Interestingly, we observe a dissipationless supercurrent flow through the topological surface states of HgTe. The current-voltage characteristics are hysteretic at temperatures below 1 K, with critical supercurrents of several microamperes. Moreover, we observe a magnetic-field-induced Fraunhofer pattern of the critical supercurrent, indicating a dominant 2π-periodic Josephson effect in the unconventional surface states. Our results show that strained bulk HgTe is a promising material system to get a better understanding of the Josephson effect in topological surface states, and to search for the manifestation of zero-energy Majorana states in transport experiments.

  7. Intrinsically shunted Josephson junctions for electronics applications

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    Belogolovskii, M.; Zhitlukhina, E.; Lacquaniti, V.; De Leo, N.; Fretto, M.; Sosso, A.

    2017-07-01

    Conventional Josephson metal-insulator-metal devices are inherently underdamped and exhibit hysteretic current-voltage response due to a very high subgap resistance compared to that in the normal state. At the same time, overdamped junctions with single-valued characteristics are needed for most superconducting digital applications. The usual way to overcome the hysteretic behavior is to place an external low-resistance normal-metal shunt in parallel with each junction. Unfortunately, such solution results in a considerable complication of the circuitry design and introduces parasitic inductance through the junction. This paper provides a concise overview of some generic approaches that have been proposed in order to realize internal shunting in Josephson heterostructures with a barrier that itself contains the desired resistive component. The main attention is paid to self-shunted devices with local weak-link transmission probabilities that are so strongly disordered in the interface plane that transmission probabilities are tiny for the main part of the transition region between two super-conducting electrodes, while a small part of the interface is well transparent. We discuss the possibility of realizing a universal bimodal distribution function and emphasize advantages of such junctions that can be considered as a new class of self-shunted Josephson devices promising for practical applications in superconducting electronics operating at 4.2 K.

  8. Edge currents in frustrated Josephson junction ladders

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    Marques, A. M.; Santos, F. D. R.; Dias, R. G.

    2016-09-01

    We present a numerical study of quasi-1D frustrated Josephson junction ladders with diagonal couplings and open boundary conditions, in the large capacitance limit. We derive a correspondence between the energy of this Josephson junction ladder and the expectation value of the Hamiltonian of an analogous tight-binding model, and show how the overall superconducting state of the chain is equivalent to the minimum energy state of the tight-binding model in the subspace of one-particle states with uniform density. To satisfy the constraint of uniform density, the superconducting state of the ladder is written as a linear combination of the allowed k-states of the tight-binding model with open boundaries. Above a critical value of the parameter t (ratio between the intra-rung and inter-rung Josephson couplings) the ladder spontaneously develops currents at the edges, which spread to the bulk as t is increased until complete coverage is reached. Above a certain value of t, which varies with ladder size (t = 1 for an infinite-sized ladder), the edge currents are destroyed. The value t = 1 corresponds, in the tight-binding model, to the opening of a gap between two bands. We argue that the disappearance of the edge currents with this gap opening is not coincidental, and that this points to a topological origin for these edge current states.

  9. Solitonic Josephson-based meminductive systems

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    Guarcello, Claudio; Solinas, Paolo; Di Ventra, Massimiliano; ...

    2017-04-24

    Memristors, memcapacitors, and meminductors represent an innovative generation of circuit elements whose properties depend on the state and history of the system. The hysteretic behavior of one of their constituent variables, is their distinctive fingerprint. This feature endows them with the ability to store and process information on the same physical location, a property that is expected to benefit many applications ranging from unconventional computing to adaptive electronics to robotics. Therefore, it is important to find appropriate memory elements that combine a wide range of memory states, long memory retention times, and protection against unavoidable noise. Although several physical systemsmore » belong to the general class of memelements, few of them combine these important physical features in a single component. Here in this paper, we demonstrate theoretically a superconducting memory based on solitonic long Josephson junctions. Moreover, since solitons are at the core of its operation, this system provides an intrinsic topological protection against external perturbations. We show that the Josephson critical current behaves hysteretically as an external magnetic field is properly swept. Accordingly, long Josephson junctions can be used as multi-state memories, with a controllable number of available states, and in other emerging areas such as memcomputing, i.e., computing directly in/by the memory.« less

  10. Very large thermophase in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Giazotto, F; Heikkilä, T T; Bergeret, F S

    2015-02-13

    The concept of thermophase refers to the appearance of a phase gradient inside a superconductor originating from the presence of an applied temperature bias across it. The resulting supercurrent flow may, in suitable conditions, fully counterbalance the temperature-bias-induced quasiparticle current therefore preventing the formation of any voltage drop, i.e., a thermovoltage, across the superconductor. Yet, the appearance of a thermophase is expected to occur in Josephson-coupled superconductors as well. Here, we theoretically investigate the thermoelectric response of a thermally biased Josephson junction based on a ferromagnetic insulator. In particular, we predict the occurrence of a very large thermophase that can reach π/2 across the contact for suitable temperatures and structure parameters; i.e., the quasiparticle thermal current can reach the critical current. Such a thermophase can be several orders of magnitude larger than that predicted to occur in conventional Josephson tunnel junctions. In order to assess experimentally the predicted very large thermophase, we propose a realistic setup realizable with state-of-the-art nanofabrication techniques and well-established materials, based on a superconducting quantum interference device. This effect could be of strong relevance in several low-temperature applications, for example, for revealing tiny temperature differences generated by coupling the electromagnetic radiation to one of the superconductors forming the junction.

  11. Radiation comb generation with extended Josephson junctions

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    Solinas, P.; Bosisio, R.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-09-21

    We propose the implementation of a Josephson radiation comb generator based on an extended Josephson junction subject to a time dependent magnetic field. The junction critical current shows known diffraction patterns and determines the position of the critical nodes when it vanishes. When the magnetic flux passes through one of such critical nodes, the superconducting phase must undergo a π-jump to minimize the Josephson energy. Correspondingly, a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the junction. Under periodic driving, this allows us to produce a comb-like voltage pulses sequence. In the frequency domain, it is possible to generate up to hundreds of harmonics of the fundamental driving frequency, thus mimicking the frequency comb used in optics and metrology. We discuss several implementations through a rectangular, cylindrical, and annular junction geometries, allowing us to generate different radiation spectra and to produce an output power up to 10 pW at 50 GHz for a driving frequency of 100 MHz.

  12. Josephson junction in a thin film

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    Kogan, V. G.; Dobrovitski, V. V.; Clem, J. R.; Mawatari, Yasunori; Mints, R. G.

    2001-04-01

    The phase difference {phi}(y) for a vortex at a line Josephson junction in a thin film attenuates at large distances as a power law, unlike the case of a bulk junction where it approaches exponentially the constant values at infinities. The field of a Josephson vortex is a superposition of fields of standard Pearl vortices distributed along the junction with the line density {phi}'(y)/2{pi}. We study the integral equation for {phi}(y) and show that the phase is sensitive to the ratio l/{Lambda}, where l={lambda}{sub J}{sup 2}/{lambda}{sub L}, {Lambda}=2{lambda}{sub L}{sup 2}/d, {lambda}{sub L}, and {lambda}{sub J} are the London and Josephson penetration depths, and d is the film thickness. For l<<{Lambda}, the vortex ''core'' of the size l is nearly temperature independent, while the phase ''tail'' scales as l{Lambda}/y{sup 2}={lambda}{sub J}2{lambda}{sub L}/d/y{sup 2}; i.e., it diverges as T{yields}T{sub c}. For l>>{Lambda}, both the core and the tail have nearly the same characteristic length l{Lambda}.

  13. Solitonic Josephson-based meminductive systems

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    Guarcello, Claudio; Solinas, Paolo; di Ventra, Massimiliano; Giazotto, Francesco

    2017-04-01

    Memristors, memcapacitors, and meminductors represent an innovative generation of circuit elements whose properties depend on the state and history of the system. The hysteretic behavior of one of their constituent variables, is their distinctive fingerprint. This feature endows them with the ability to store and process information on the same physical location, a property that is expected to benefit many applications ranging from unconventional computing to adaptive electronics to robotics. Therefore, it is important to find appropriate memory elements that combine a wide range of memory states, long memory retention times, and protection against unavoidable noise. Although several physical systems belong to the general class of memelements, few of them combine these important physical features in a single component. Here, we demonstrate theoretically a superconducting memory based on solitonic long Josephson junctions. Moreover, since solitons are at the core of its operation, this system provides an intrinsic topological protection against external perturbations. We show that the Josephson critical current behaves hysteretically as an external magnetic field is properly swept. Accordingly, long Josephson junctions can be used as multi-state memories, with a controllable number of available states, and in other emerging areas such as memcomputing, i.e., computing directly in/by the memory.

  14. Entanglement monogamy in a three-qubit state

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    Huang, Jie-Hui; Zhu, Shi-Yao

    2008-07-01

    We investigate the monogamy nature of entanglement in a three-qubit system. A monogamy inequality is presented to describe the exclusive relation between the A-B two-qubit concurrence CAB and the AB-C three-qubit concurrence C(AB)C , which represents the entanglement between qubits A and B as a whole and the third qubit C . It is found that the entanglement between any two qubits in a three-qubit system is limited by the entanglement between these two qubits and another qubit. As a consequence, we present the upper bounds for the concurrence CAB , when the concurrence between qubits A and C (CAC) and the concurrence between qubits B and C (CBC) are both given or one of the two is provided.

  15. Fast microwave-driven three-qubit gates for cavity-coupled superconducting qubits

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    Barnes, Edwin; Arenz, Christian; Pitchford, Alexander; Economou, Sophia E.

    2017-07-01

    Although single- and two-qubit gates are sufficient for universal quantum computation, single-shot three-qubit gates greatly simplify quantum error correction schemes and algorithms. We design fast, high-fidelity three-qubit entangling gates based on microwave pulses for transmon qubits coupled through a superconducting resonator. We show that when interqubit frequency differences are comparable to single-qubit anharmonicities, errors occur primarily through a single unwanted transition. This feature enables the design of fast three-qubit gates based on simple analytical pulse shapes that are engineered to minimize such errors. We show that a three-qubit ccz gate can be performed in 260 ns with fidelities exceeding 99.38 % , or 99.99 % with numerical optimization.

  16. Efficient three-qubit entangling (Toffoli) gates via excited states in qubit-cavity systems.

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    Reinecke, Thomas; Economou, Sophia; Solenov, Dmitry

    2014-03-01

    Efficient multi-qubit quantum operations are crucial for further development of quantum information processing using available physical designs. We report our results on efficient three-qubit entangling operations in qubit-cavity systems. The proposed gate design is based on non-commutativity of single-qubit pulse controls that can be achieved for systems in which auxiliary states above the qubit subspace are available. It does not rely on dynamical tuning of energy states, and, unlike traditional decomposition approaches, it provides efficiency comparable to that of a single control-NOT operation. We will focus on the transmon qubit systems, which have recently demonstrated coherence times suitable for multi-qubit computation. Other systems will also be discussed.

  17. All-microwave cavity-mediated three-qubit gate between superconducting qubits

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    Economou, Sophia; Barnes, Ed

    While single-qubit and entangling two-qubit operations are universal for quantum computing, in practice the availability of a single-shot multi-qubit entangling gate can be faster and of higher fidelity. For the case of three qubits coupled to a common cavity mode, we show that a high fidelity, fast CCZ gate can be implemented. Our proposal is based on partial spectrum engineering and pulse shaping. Because our approach does not rely on frequency selectivity, instead driving more than one transitions simultaneously, our three-qubit gate can be achieved on a timescale comparable to that of a two-qubit gate. Our protocol generalizes our recently introduced SWIPHT two-qubit gates.

  18. Macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson tunnel junctions and Coulomb blockade in single small tunnel junctions

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    Cleland, A.N.

    1991-04-01

    Experiments investigating the process of macroscopic quantum tunneling in a moderately-damped, resistively shunted, Josephson junction are described, followed by a discussion of experiments performed on very small capacitance normal-metal tunnel junctions. The experiments on the resistively-shunted Josephson junction were designed to investigate a quantum process, that of the tunneling of the Josephson phase variable under a potential barrier, in a system in which dissipation plays a major role in the dynamics of motion. All the parameters of the junction were measured using the classical phenomena of thermal activation and resonant activation. Theoretical predictions are compared with the experimental results, showing good agreement with no adjustable parameters; the tunneling rate in the moderately damped (Q {approx} 1) junction is seen to be reduced by a factor of 300 from that predicted for an undamped junction. The phase is seen to be a good quantum-mechanical variable. The experiments on small capacitance tunnel junctions extend the measurements on the larger-area Josephson junctions from the region in which the phase variable has a fairly well-defined value, i.e. its wavefunction has a narrow width, to the region where its value is almost completely unknown. The charge on the junction becomes well-defined and is predicted to quantize the current through the junction, giving rise to the Coulomb blockade at low bias. I present the first clear observation of the Coulomb blockade in single junctions. The electrical environment of the tunnel junction, however, strongly affects the behavior of the junction: higher resistance leads are observed to greatly sharpen the Coulomb blockade over that seen with lower resistance leads. I present theoretical descriptions of how the environment influences the junctions; comparisons with the experimental results are in reasonable agreement.

  19. Robust interface between flying and topological qubits

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    Xue, Zheng-Yuan; Gong, Ming; Liu, Jia; Hu, Yong; Zhu, Shi-Liang; Wang, Z. D.

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid architectures, consisting of conventional and topological qubits, have recently attracted much attention due to their capability in consolidating robustness of topological qubits and universality of conventional qubits. However, these two kinds of qubits are normally constructed in significantly different energy scales, and thus the energy mismatch is a major obstacle for their coupling, which can support the exchange of quantum information between them. Here we propose a microwave photonic quantum bus for a strong direct coupling between the topological and conventional qubits, where the energy mismatch is compensated by an external driving field. In the framework of tight-binding simulation and perturbation approach, we show that the energy splitting of Majorana fermions in a finite length nanowire, which we use to define topological qubits, is still robust against local perturbations due to the topology of the system. Therefore, the present scheme realizes a rather robust interface between the flying and topological qubits. Finally, we demonstrate that this quantum bus can also be used to generate multipartitie entangled states with the topological qubits. PMID:26216201

  20. A Spin Qubit Coupled to a Photonic Crystal Cavity

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    Sweeney, Timothy; Carter, Samuel; Kim, Mijin; Kim, Chul Soo; Solenov, Dmitry; Economou, Sophia; Reineke, Thomas; Yang, Lily; Bracker, Allan; Gammon, Daniel

    2013-03-01

    The development of a scalable light-matter quantum interface is an important goal of quantum information research. Photonic crystal (PC) membranes provide an architecture in which the interaction of photons with an optically active matter qubit can be controlled through the introduction of optical cavities and waveguides. Charge neutral quantum dots are commonly integrated into PC architectures and are useful for sources and switches, but do not demonstrate long-lived coherences. A charged quantum dot in a PC environment could lead to a spin-photon quantum interface, where it is the long-lived spin of the electron, not the exciton that serves as a qubit. We demonstrate optical spin initialization and coherent control of an electron in a quantum dot that is embedded in and coupled to a 2D PC membrane cavity. The PC membrane is incorporated into an asymmetric NIP diode that allows for charging of an InAs quantum dot via an applied bias. Resonant laser spectroscopy performed in a transverse magnetic field enables the optical measurement and initialization of the electron spin. Furthermore, with the introduction of detuned control pulses, we perform coherent rotations of the electron spin state. These studies demonstrate several essential accomplishments toward a spin-photon interface.

  1. The Josephson Effect: 50 Years of Science and Technology

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    Warburton, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

    The Josephson effect, the 50th anniversary of which will be celebrated in 2012, remains one of the most spectacular manifestations of quantum mechanics in all of experimental science. It was first predicted in 1962 and then experimentally verified in 1963. At its most fundamental level the Josephson effect is nothing more than the electronic…

  2. Target attractor tracking of relative phase in Bosonic Josephson junction

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    Borisenok, Sergey

    2016-06-01

    The relative phase of Bosonic Josephson junction in the Josephson regime of Bose-Hubbard model is tracked via the target attractor (`synergetic') feedback algorithm with the inter-well coupling parameter presented as a control function. The efficiency of our approach is demonstrated numerically for Gaussian and harmonic types of target phases.

  3. MAR current of Josephson junctions with topological superconducting nanowires

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    Aguado, Ramon; San-Jose, Pablo; Prada, Elsa; Cayao, Jorge Luis

    2013-03-01

    We study Josephson junctions made with topological superconducting nanowires hosting Majorana bound states (MBS). We show that, despite the absence of a fractional Josephson effect in the steady state limit [1], the dissipative multiple Andreev reflection (MAR) current contains nontrivial features owing to the presence of MBS. In particular, the MAR steps appear at voltages eVP = Δ / q

  4. Feynman's and Ohta's Models of a Josephson Junction

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    De Luca, R.

    2012-01-01

    The Josephson equations are derived by means of the weakly coupled two-level quantum system model given by Feynman. Adopting a simplified version of Ohta's model, starting from Feynman's model, the strict voltage-frequency Josephson relation is derived. The contribution of Ohta's approach to the comprehension of the additional term given by the…

  5. The Josephson Effect: 50 Years of Science and Technology

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    Warburton, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

    The Josephson effect, the 50th anniversary of which will be celebrated in 2012, remains one of the most spectacular manifestations of quantum mechanics in all of experimental science. It was first predicted in 1962 and then experimentally verified in 1963. At its most fundamental level the Josephson effect is nothing more than the electronic…

  6. Can a strain yield a qubit?

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    Benjamin, Colin

    2015-03-01

    A Josepshon qubit is designed via the application of a tensile strain to a topological insulator surface, sandwiched between two s-wave superconductors. The strain applied leads to a shift in Dirac point without changing the conducting states existing on the surface of a topological insulator. This strain applied can be tuned to form a π-junction in such a structure. Combining two such junctions in a ring architecture leads to the ground state of the ring being in a doubly degenerate state- ``0'' and ``1'' states of the qubit. A qubit designed this way is easily controlled via the tunable strain. We report on the conditions necessary to design such a qubit. Finally the operating time of a single qubit phase gate is derived. This work was supported by funds from Dept. of Science and Technology (Nanomission), Govt. of India, Grant No. SR/NM/NS-1101/2011.

  7. Coherent Coupled Qubits for Quantum Annealing

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    Weber, Steven J.; Samach, Gabriel O.; Hover, David; Gustavsson, Simon; Kim, David K.; Melville, Alexander; Rosenberg, Danna; Sears, Adam P.; Yan, Fei; Yoder, Jonilyn L.; Oliver, William D.; Kerman, Andrew J.

    2017-07-01

    Quantum annealing is an optimization technique which potentially leverages quantum tunneling to enhance computational performance. Existing quantum annealers use superconducting flux qubits with short coherence times limited primarily by the use of large persistent currents Ip. Here, we examine an alternative approach using qubits with smaller Ip and longer coherence times. We demonstrate tunable coupling, a basic building block for quantum annealing, between two flux qubits with small (approximately 50-nA) persistent currents. Furthermore, we characterize qubit coherence as a function of coupler setting and investigate the effect of flux noise in the coupler loop on qubit coherence. Our results provide insight into the available design space for next-generation quantum annealers with improved coherence.

  8. Experimental quantum coding against qubit loss error

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    Lu, Chao-Yang; Gao, Wei-Bo; Zhang, Jin; Zhou, Xiao-Qi; Yang, Tao; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2008-01-01

    The fundamental unit for quantum computing is the qubit, an isolated, controllable two-level system. However, for many proposed quantum computer architectures, especially photonic systems, the qubits can be lost or can leak out of the desired two-level systems, posing a significant obstacle for practical quantum computation. Here, we experimentally demonstrate, both in the quantum circuit model and in the one-way quantum computer model, the smallest nontrivial quantum codes to tackle this problem. In the experiment, we encode single-qubit input states into highly entangled multiparticle code words, and we test their ability to protect encoded quantum information from detected 1-qubit loss error. Our results prove in-principle the feasibility of overcoming the qubit loss error by quantum codes. PMID:18682562

  9. 3-qubit entanglement: A Jordan algebraic perspective

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    Borsten, L.

    2014-09-01

    It is by now well known that three qubits can be totally entangled in two physically distinct ways. Here we review work classifying the physically distinct forms of 3-qubit entanglement using the elegant framework of Jordan algebras, Freudenthal-Kantor triple systems and groups of type E7. In particular, it is shown that the four Freudenthal-Kantor ranks correspond precisely to the four 3-qubit entanglement classes: (1) Totally separable A-B-C, (2) Biseparable A-BC, B-CA, C-AB, (3) Totally entangled W, (4) Totally entangled GHZ. The rank 4 GHZ class is regarded as maximally entangled in the sense that it has non-vanishing quartic norm, the defining invariant of the Freudenthal-Kantor triple system. While this framework is specific to three qubits, we show here how the essential features may be naturally generalised to an arbitrary number of qubits.

  10. Photonic Four-qubit Entangled Decoherence-free States Assisted by Cavity-QED System

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    Chen, Chao

    2016-11-01

    We propose an efficient preparation of photonic four-qubit entangled decoherence-free states assisted by the cavity-QED system. By using the optical selection rule derived by a single electron charged self-assembled GaAs/InAs quantum dot in a micropillar resonator, two photons are used to generate four-qubit entangled decoherence-free states. Compared with previous entanglement based photonic protocols, the present one requires single-photon resources and is deterministic. These states may be applied to long-distance communications because only two photons are transmitted.

  11. Generating mixtures of spatial qubits

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    Lima, G.; Torres-Ruiz, F. A.; Neves, Leonardo; Delgado, A.; Saavedra, C.; Pádua, S.

    2008-10-01

    In a recent letter [L. Neves, G. Lima, J.G. Aguirre Gómez, C.H. Monken, C. Saavedra, S. Pádua, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 (2005) 100501], we presented a scheme for generating pure entangled states of spatial qudits ( D-dimensional quantum systems) by using the momentum transverse correlation of the parametric down-converted photons. In this work, we discuss a generalization of this process to enable the creation of mixed states. With the technique proposed we experimentally generated a mixture of two spatial qubits.

  12. Corbino-geometry Josephson weak links in thin superconducting films

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    Clem, John R.

    2010-11-29

    I consider a Corbino-geometry superconducting-normal-superconducting Josephson weak link in a thin superconducting film, in which current enters at the origin, flows outward, passes through an annular Josephson weak link, and leaves radially. In contrast to sandwich-type annular Josephson junctions, in which the gauge-invariant phase difference obeys the sine-Gordon equation, here the gauge-invariant phase difference obeys an integral equation. I present exact solutions for the gauge-invariant phase difference across the weak link when it contains an integral number N of Josephson vortices and the current is zero. I then study the dynamics when a current is applied, and I derive the effective resistance and the viscous drag coefficient; I compare these results with those in sandwich-type junctions. I also calculate the critical current when there is no Josephson vortex in the weak link but there is a Pearl vortex nearby.

  13. Theory of two-dimensional macroscopic quantum tunneling in YBa2Cu3O7-δ Josephson junctions coupled to an LC circuit

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    Kawabata, Shiro; Bauch, Thilo; Kato, Takeo

    2009-11-01

    We investigate classical thermal activation (TA) and macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) for a YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) Josephson junction coupled to an LC circuit theoretically. Due to the coupling between the junction and the LC circuit, the macroscopic phase dynamics can be described as the escape process of a fictitious particle with an anisotropic mass moving in a two-dimensional potential. We analytically calculate the escape rate including both the TA and MQT regime by taking into account the peculiar dynamical nature of the system. In addtion to large suppression of the MQT rate at zero temperature, we study details of the temperature dependence of the escape rate across a crossover region. These results are in an excellent agreement with recent experimental data for the MQT and TA rate in a YBCO biepitaxial Josephson junction. Therefore the coupling to the LC circuit is essential in understanding the macroscopic quantum dynamics and the qubit operation based on the YBCO biepitaxial Josephson junctions.

  14. Unraveling of a detailed-balance-preserved quantum master equation and continuous feedback control of a measured qubit

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    Luo, JunYan; Jin, Jinshuang; Wang, Shi-Kuan; Hu, Jing; Huang, Yixiao; He, Xiao-Ling

    2016-03-01

    We present a generic unraveling scheme for a detailed-balance-preserved quantum master equation applicable for stochastic point processes in mesoscopic transport. It enables us to investigate continuous measurement of a qubit on the level of single quantum trajectories, where essential correlations between the inherent dynamics of the qubit and detector current fluctuations are revealed. Based on this unraveling scheme, feedback control of the charge qubit is implemented to achieve a desired pure state in the presence of the detailed-balance condition. With sufficient feedback strength, coherent oscillations of the measured qubit can be maintained for arbitrary qubit-detector coupling. Competition between the loss and restoration of coherence entailed, respectively, by measurement back action and feedback control is reflected in the noise power spectrum of the detector's output. It is demonstrated unambiguously that the signal-to-noise ratio is significantly enhanced with increasing feedback strength and could even exceed the well-known Korotkov-Averin bound in quantum measurement. The proposed unraveling and feedback scheme offers a transparent and straightforward approach to effectively sustaining ideal coherent oscillations of a charge qubit in the field of quantum computation.

  15. Mesoscopic lateral S/N/S weak links: Josephson effects and Josephson-like vortex flow

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    Carapella, G.; Sabatino, P.; Gombos, M.

    2017-02-01

    We report an experimental and numerical study of magneto-transport properties of mesoscopic lateral S/N/S superconducting weak links where the N region is made of the same material as the S banks, though with strongly reduced critical temperature. Magnetoresistance oscillations and clear dc and ac Josephson effects are observed. Experimental results are analyzed in the framework of the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model for mesoscopic type II superconductors with an inhomogeneous critical temperature. The analysis suggests that dissipative branches of the current-voltage curve of the weak link in the presence of a magnetic field are accounted for by moving ‘Josephson-like’ vortices. These relatively fast excitations are anisotropic as per the ordinary Josephson vortex in tunnel junctions, but have a normal core like the ordinary Abrikosov vortex in plain superconducting strips. Moreover, unlike the vortex in tunneling junctions, in the lateral S/N/S weak link, the extension of the moving vortex is larger than the extension of the static one. Further, we report in some detail on the lateral proximity effect, and the deviations from the ideality of the current-phase relation of this kind of lateral weak link in the Josephson regime.

  16. Resonant electromagnetic emission from intrinsic Josephson-junction stacks with laterally modulated Josephson critical current

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Bulaevskii, L. N.

    2008-01-01

    Intrinsic Josephson-junction stacks realized in mesas fabricated out of high-temperature superconductors may be used as sources of coherent electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz range. The major challenge is to synchronize Josephson oscillations in all junctions in the stack to get significant radiation out of the crystal edge parallel to the c axis. We suggest a simple way to solve this problem via artificially prepared lateral modulation of the Josephson critical current identical in all junctions. In such a stack, phase oscillations excite the in-phase Fiske mode when the Josephson frequency matches the Fiske-resonance frequency which is set by the stack lateral size. The powerful, almost standing electromagnetic wave is excited inside the crystal in the resonance. This wave is homogeneous across the layers, meaning that the oscillations are synchronized in all junctions in the stack. We evaluate behavior of the I-V characteristics and radiated power near the resonance for arbitrary modulation and find exact solutions for several special cases corresponding to symmetric and asymmetric modulations of the critical current.

  17. Theory, modeling and simulation of superconducting qubits

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    Berman, Gennady P; Kamenev, Dmitry I; Chumak, Alexander; Kinion, Carin; Tsifrinovich, Vladimir

    2011-01-13

    We analyze the dynamics of a qubit-resonator system coupled with a thermal bath and external electromagnetic fields. Using the evolution equations for the set of Heisenberg operators that describe the whole system, we derive an expression for the resonator field, that includes the resonator-drive, the resonator-bath, and resonator-qubit interactions. The renormalization of the resonator frequency, caused by the qubit-resonator interaction, is accounted for. Using the solutions for the resonator field, we derive the equation that describes the qubit dynamics. The dependence of the qubit evolution during the measurement time on the fidelity of a single-shot measurement is studied. The relation between the fidelity and measurement time is shown explicitly. We proposed a novel adiabatic method for the phase qubit measurement. The method utilizes a low-frequency, quasi-classical resonator inductively coupled to the qubit. The resonator modulates the qubit energy, and the back reaction of the qubit causes a shift in the phase of the resonator. The resonator phase shift can be used to determine the qubit state. We have simulated this measurement taking into the account the energy levels outside the phase qubit manifold. We have shown that, for qubit frequencies in the range of 8-12GHZ, a resonator frequency of 500 MHz and a measurement time of 100 ns, the phase difference between the two qubit states is greater than 0.2 rad. This phase difference exceeds the measurement uncertainty, and can be detected using a classical phase-meter. A fidelity of 0.9999 can be achieved for a relaxation time of 0.5 ms. We also model and simulate a microstrip-SQUID amplifier of frequency about 500 MHz, which could be used to amplify the resonator oscillations in the phase qubit adiabatic measurement. The voltage gain and the amplifier noise temperature are calculated. We simulate the preparation of a generalized Bell state and compute the relaxation times required for achieving high

  18. Superconducting qubit-oscillator circuit beyond the ultrastrong-coupling regime

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    Yoshihara, Fumiki; Fuse, Tomoko; Ashhab, Sahel; Kakuyanagi, Kosuke; Saito, Shiro; Semba, Kouichi

    2017-01-01

    The interaction between an atom and the electromagnetic field inside a cavity has played a crucial role in developing our understanding of light-matter interaction, and is central to various quantum technologies, including lasers and many quantum computing architectures. Superconducting qubits have allowed the realization of strong and ultrastrong coupling between artificial atoms and cavities. If the coupling strength g becomes as large as the atomic and cavity frequencies (Δ and ωo, respectively), the energy eigenstates including the ground state are predicted to be highly entangled. There has been an ongoing debate over whether it is fundamentally possible to realize this regime in realistic physical systems. By inductively coupling a flux qubit and an LC oscillator via Josephson junctions, we have realized circuits with g/ωo ranging from 0.72 to 1.34 and g/Δ >> 1. Using spectroscopy measurements, we have observed unconventional transition spectra that are characteristic of this new regime. Our results provide a basis for ground-state-based entangled pair generation and open a new direction of research on strongly correlated light-matter states in circuit quantum electrodynamics.

  19. Giant spin splitting and 0 -π Josephson transitions from the Edelstein effect in quantum spin Hall insulators

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    Tkachov, G.

    2017-06-01

    Hybrid structures of quantum spin Hall insulators (QSHIs) and superconductors (Ss) present a unique opportunity to access dissipationless topological states of matter, which, however, is frequently hindered by the lack of control over the spin polarization in QSHIs. We propose a very efficient spin-polarization mechanism based on the magnetoelectric (Edelstein) effect in superconducting QSHI structures. It acts akin to the Zeeman splitting in an external magnetic field, but with an effective g factor of order of 1000, resulting in an unprecedented spin splitting effect. It allows a magnetic control of the QSHI/S hybrids without destroying superconductivity. As an example, we demonstrate a recurrent crossover from Φ0- to (Φ0/2 )-periodic oscillations of the Josephson current in an rf superconducting quantum interference device (Φ0=h /2 e is the magnetic flux quantum). The predicted period halving is a striking manifestation of 0 -π Josephson transitions with a superharmonic π -periodic current-phase relationship at the transition. Such controllable 0 -π transitions may offer new perspectives for dissipationless spintronics and engineering flux qubits.

  20. Progress in measurement techniques for the single Cooper-pair box qubit

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    Schneiderman, Justin Fleer

    The aluminum single Cooper-pair box (SCB) qubit has demonstrated potential as a candidate for quantum computing. Measurements of coherent manipulation of the relevant SCB states have been demonstrated with various charge and quantum capacitance readout methods. We performed studies of quasiparticle dynamics in an SCB that yielded poisoning probabilities and rates of quasiparticle tunneling processes. Attempts to prevent poisoning with a differential SCB isolated from ground and other quasiparticle sources revealed the possibility for quasiparticle generation on superconducting islands of diminutive size. We have gone on to conduct more advanced measurements of coupled qubits as an important step towards the realization of multi-qubit systems and other precursors that are pivotal in the evolution of reliable quantum computing.

  1. Measurements of Quasiparticle Tunneling Dynamics in a Band-Gap-Engineered Transmon Qubit

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    Sun, L.; DiCarlo, L.; Reed, M. D.; Catelani, G.; Bishop, Lev S.; Schuster, D. I.; Johnson, B. R.; Yang, Ge A.; Frunzio, L.; Glazman, L.; Devoret, M. H.; Schoelkopf, R. J.

    2012-06-01

    We have engineered the band gap profile of transmon qubits by combining oxygen-doped Al for tunnel junction electrodes and clean Al as quasiparticle traps to investigate energy relaxation due to quasiparticle tunneling. The relaxation time T1 of the qubits is shown to be insensitive to this band gap engineering. Operating at relatively low-EJ/EC makes the transmon transition frequency distinctly dependent on the charge parity, allowing us to detect the quasiparticles tunneling across the qubit junction. Quasiparticle kinetics have been studied by monitoring the frequency switching due to even-odd parity change in real time. It shows the switching time is faster than 10μs, indicating quasiparticle-induced relaxation has to be reduced to achieve T1 much longer than 100μs.

  2. Measurements of quasiparticle tunneling dynamics in a band-gap-engineered transmon qubit.

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    Sun, L; DiCarlo, L; Reed, M D; Catelani, G; Bishop, Lev S; Schuster, D I; Johnson, B R; Yang, Ge A; Frunzio, L; Glazman, L; Devoret, M H; Schoelkopf, R J

    2012-06-08

    We have engineered the band gap profile of transmon qubits by combining oxygen-doped Al for tunnel junction electrodes and clean Al as quasiparticle traps to investigate energy relaxation due to quasiparticle tunneling. The relaxation time T1 of the qubits is shown to be insensitive to this band gap engineering. Operating at relatively low-E(J)/E(C) makes the transmon transition frequency distinctly dependent on the charge parity, allowing us to detect the quasiparticles tunneling across the qubit junction. Quasiparticle kinetics have been studied by monitoring the frequency switching due to even-odd parity change in real time. It shows the switching time is faster than 10  μs, indicating quasiparticle-induced relaxation has to be reduced to achieve T1 much longer than 100  μs.

  3. Two-axis control of a singlet-triplet qubit with an integrated micromagnet.

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    Wu, Xian; Ward, D. R.; Prance, J. R.; ...

    2014-08-04

    The qubit is the fundamental building block of a quantum computer. We fabricate a qubit in a silicon double-quantum dot with an integrated micromagnet in which the qubit basis states are the singlet state and the spin-zero triplet state of two electrons. Because of the micromagnet, the magnetic field difference ΔB between the two sides of the double dot is large enough to enable the achievement of coherent rotation of the qubit’s Bloch vector around two different axes of the Bloch sphere. By measuring the decay of the quantum oscillations, the inhomogeneous spin coherence time T*2 is determined. By measuringmore » T*2 at many different values of the exchange coupling J and at two different values of ΔB, we provide evidence that the micromagnet does not limit decoherence, with the dominant limits on T*2 arising from charge noise and from coupling to nuclear spins.« less

  4. Two-axis control of a singlet-triplet qubit with an integrated micromagnet.

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    Wu, Xian; Ward, D. R.; Prance, J. R.; Kim, Dohun; Gamble, John King; Mohr, Robert; Shi, Zhan; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.; Eriksson, M. A.

    2014-08-04

    The qubit is the fundamental building block of a quantum computer. We fabricate a qubit in a silicon double-quantum dot with an integrated micromagnet in which the qubit basis states are the singlet state and the spin-zero triplet state of two electrons. Because of the micromagnet, the magnetic field difference ΔB between the two sides of the double dot is large enough to enable the achievement of coherent rotation of the qubit’s Bloch vector around two different axes of the Bloch sphere. By measuring the decay of the quantum oscillations, the inhomogeneous spin coherence time T*2 is determined. By measuring T*2 at many different values of the exchange coupling J and at two different values of ΔB, we provide evidence that the micromagnet does not limit decoherence, with the dominant limits on T*2 arising from charge noise and from coupling to nuclear spins.

  5. Two-axis control of a singlet–triplet qubit with an integrated micromagnet

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    Wu, Xian; Ward, D. R.; Prance, J. R.; Kim, Dohun; Gamble, John King; Mohr, R. T.; Shi, Zhan; Savage, D. E.; Lagally, M. G.; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S. N.; Eriksson, M. A.

    2014-01-01

    The qubit is the fundamental building block of a quantum computer. We fabricate a qubit in a silicon double-quantum dot with an integrated micromagnet in which the qubit basis states are the singlet state and the spin-zero triplet state of two electrons. Because of the micromagnet, the magnetic field difference ΔB between the two sides of the double dot is large enough to enable the achievement of coherent rotation of the qubit’s Bloch vector around two different axes of the Bloch sphere. By measuring the decay of the quantum oscillations, the inhomogeneous spin coherence time T2* is determined. By measuring T2* at many different values of the exchange coupling J and at two different values of ΔB, we provide evidence that the micromagnet does not limit decoherence, with the dominant limits on T2* arising from charge noise and from coupling to nuclear spins. PMID:25092298

  6. Work sharing of qubits in topological error corrections

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    Tanamoto, Tetsufumi; Goto, Hayato

    2017-08-01

    Topological error-correcting codes, such as surface codes and color codes, are promising because quantum operations are realized by two-dimensionally (2D) arrayed quantum bits (qubits). However, physical wiring of electrodes to qubits is complicated, and 3D integration for the wiring requires further development of fabrication technologies. Here, we propose a method to reduce the congestion of wiring to qubits by just adding a swap gate after each controlled-not (cnot) gate. swap gates exchange roles of qubits. Then, the roles of qubits are shared between different qubits. We found that our method transforms the qubit layout and reduces the number of qubits that cannot be two-dimensionally accessed. We show that fully 2D layouts including both qubits and control electrodes can be achieved for surface and color codes of minimum sizes. This method will be beneficial to simplifications of the fabrication process of quantum circuits in addition to improvements in the reliability of qubit systems.

  7. Impact of g -factors and valleys on spin qubits in a silicon double quantum dot

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    Hwang, J. C. C.; Yang, C. H.; Veldhorst, M.; Hendrickx, N.; Fogarty, M. A.; Huang, W.; Hudson, F. E.; Morello, A.; Dzurak, A. S.

    2017-07-01

    We define single electron spin qubits in a silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor double quantum dot system. By mapping the qubit resonance frequency as a function of a gate-induced electric field, the spectrum reveals an anticrossing that is consistent with an intervalley spin-orbit coupling. We fit the data from which we extract an intervalley coupling strength of 43 MHz. In addition, we observe a narrow resonance near the primary qubit resonance when we operate the device in the (1 ,1 ) charge configuration. The experimental data are consistent with a simulation involving two weakly exchanged-coupled spins with a Zeeman energy difference of 1 MHz, of the same order as the Rabi frequency. We conclude that the narrow resonance is the result of driven transitions between the T- and T+ triplet states, using an electron spin resonance signal of frequency located halfway between the resonance frequencies of the two individual spins. The findings presented here offer an alternative method of implementing two-qubit gates, of relevance to the operation of larger-scale spin qubit systems.

  8. Quantum Information Splitting of Arbitrary Three-Qubit State by Using Seven-Qubit Entangled State

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    Li, Dong-fen; Wang, Rui-jin; Zhang, Feng-li; Deng, Fu-hu

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we propose a scheme of quantum information splitting arbitrary three-qubit state by using seven-qubit entangled as quantum channel. The sender Alice first performs Bell-state measurements (BSMs) on her qubits pairs respectively and tells her measurement outcome to authorizers Bob to reconstruct the original state, then Charlie should carries out single-qubit measurement (SQM) on his qubits. According to the results from Alice and Charlie, Bob can reconstruct the original state by applying an appropriate unitary operation. After analyzing, the method achieved the desired effect of quantum information splitting (QIS). We also realize the QIS of arbitrary three-qubit state in cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED).

  9. Quantum Splitting a Two-qubit State with a Genuinely Entangled Five-qubit State

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    Sang, Ming-Huang; Dai, Hai-Lang

    2014-08-01

    A new application of the genuinely entangled five-qubit state is investigated for quantum information splitting of a particular type of two-qubit state. In this scheme, a genuinely entangled five-qubit state is shared by Alice (a sender), Charlie (a controller) and Bob (a receiver), and Alice only needs to perform two Bell-state measurements and Charlie performs a single-qubit measurement, Bob can reconstruct the two-qubit state by performing some appropriately unitary transformations on his qubits after he knows the measured results of both Alice and Charlie. This quantum information splitting scheme is deterministic, i.e. the probability of success is 100 %. The presented protocol is showed to be secure against certain eavesdropping attacks.

  10. Designing quantum-information-processing superconducting qubit circuits that exhibit lasing and other atomic-physics-like phenomena on a chip

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    Nori, Franco

    2008-03-01

    Superconducting (SC) circuits can behave like atoms making transitions between a few energy levels. Such circuits can test quantum mechanics at macroscopic scales and be used to conduct atomic-physics experiments on a silicon chip. This talk overviews a few of our theoretical studies on SC circuits and quantum information processing (QIP) including: SC qubits for single photon generation and for lasing; controllable couplings among qubits; how to increase the coherence time of qubits using a capacitor in parallel to one of the qubit junctions; hybrid circuits involving both charge and flux qubits; testing Bell's inequality in SC circuits; generation of GHZ states; quantum tomography in SC circuits; preparation of macroscopic quantum superposition states of a cavity field via coupling to a SC qubit; generation of nonclassical photon states using a SC qubit in a microcavity; scalable quantum computing with SC qubits; and information processing with SC qubits in a microwave field. Controllable couplings between qubits can be achieved either directly or indirectly. This can be done with and without coupler circuits, and with and without data-buses like EM fields in cavities (e.g., we will describe both the variable-frequency magnetic flux approach and also a generalized double-resonance approach that we introduced). It is also possible to ``turn a quantum bug into a feature'' by using microscopic defects as qubits, and the macroscopic junction as a controller of it. We have also studied ways to implement radically different approaches to QIP by using ``cluster states'' in SC circuits. For a general overview of this field, see, J.Q. You and F. Nori, Phys. Today 58 (11), 42 (2005)

  11. One, Two, and n Qubit Decoherence

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    Pineda, Carlos

    2007-11-01

    We study decoherence of one, two, and n non-interacting qubits. Decoherence, measured in terms of purity, is calculated in linear response approximation, making use of the spectator configuration. The environment and its interaction with the qubits are modelled by random matrices. For two qubits, numerical studies reveal a simple one to one correspondence between its decoherence and its internal entanglement decay. Using this relation we are able to give a formula for concurrence decay. For large environments the evolution induces a unital channel in the two qubits, providing a partial explanation for the relation above. Using a kicked Ising spin network, we study the exact evolution of two non-interacting qubits in the presence of a spin bath. We find that the entanglement (as measured by concurrence) of the two qubits has a close relation to the purity of the pair, and closely follows an analytic relation derived for Werner states. As a collateral result we find that an integrable environment causes quadratic decay of concurrence as well as of purity, while a chaotic environment causes linear decay. Both quantities display recurrences in some integrable environments. Good agreement with the results found using random matrix theory is obtained. Finally, we analyze decoherence of a quantum register in the absence of non-local operations. The problem is solved in terms of a sum rule which implies linear scaling in the number of qubits. Each term involves a single qubit and its entanglement with the remaining ones. Two conditions are essential: decoherence must be small and the coupling of different qubits must be uncorrelated in the interaction picture. We apply the result to the random matrix model, and illustrate its reach considering a GHZ state coupled to a spin bath.

  12. Inverse ac Josephson effect at terahertz frequencies

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    Danchi, W. C.; Golightly, W. J.; Sutton, E. C.

    1989-04-01

    Using the Werthamer (1966) theory of superconducting tunnel junctions, it is shown that zero-crossing ac Josephson steps can occur at frequencies much higher than those expected previously, as long as the voltage waveform is nearly sinusoidal. Limits on the amount of permitted rounding of the Riedel (1964) peak were derived from analytical calculations, and numerical frequency-domain and time-domain computations for realistic junctions were carried out, yielding support for these limits. It is shown that previous arguments that zero-crossing steps could never be observed above the value of half the gap voltage are incorrect, due to the neglect of the Riedel peak.

  13. Simplified fabrication of magnetically coupled Josephson circuits

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    Smith, L.N.; Jillie, D.W.; Kroger, H.

    1985-03-01

    The authors describe a technique for fabricating magnetically coupled Josephson logic and memory circuits and SQUIDs which uses only two superconducting layers. These two layers perform multiple functions as the base and counterelectrodes of the tunnel junctions, the SQUID inductance and control lines, and the signal lines and groundplane between gates. This technique is illustrated by the specific example of a two junction, resistively damped SQUID designed to be fabricated using an all-refractory process which employs a total of five masking levels.

  14. Quantum Teleportation of Five-qubit State

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    Li, Min; Zhao, Nan; Chen, Nan; Zhu, Chang-hua; Pei, Chang-xing

    2017-09-01

    We propose a novel quantum teleportation protocol for certain class of five-qubit state with a seven-qubit cluster state as quantum channel. In our scheme, the sender merely needs to perform a seven-qubit von-Neumann projective measurement, the original state with deterministic probability can be reconstructed by the receiver after a series corresponding unitary transformations. Compared with other schemes proposed before, our scheme has the distinct advantages of requiring fewer quantum channels, possessing higher intrinsic efficiency, and transmitting more quantum information bits.

  15. Majorana qubit rotations in microwave cavities.

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    Schmidt, Thomas L; Nunnenkamp, Andreas; Bruder, Christoph

    2013-03-08

    Majorana bound states have been proposed as building blocks for qubits on which certain operations can be performed in a topologically protected way using braiding. However, the set of these protected operations is not sufficient to realize universal quantum computing. We show that the electric field in a microwave cavity can induce Rabi oscillations between adjacent Majorana bound states. These oscillations can be used to implement an additional single-qubit gate. Supplemented with one braiding operation, this gate allows us to perform arbitrary single-qubit operations.

  16. Stabilization of entanglement between remote transmon qubits

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    Motzoi, Felix; Sarovar, Mohan; Whaley, Birgitta

    2014-03-01

    Entanglement between remote qubits can be a valuable resource for scalable quantum computation and other quantum technologies. Here, we discuss non-unitary methods for generating and stabilizing such entanglement between remote superconducting qubits. While joint measurement of the qubits using a sequential probe allows for post-selected entanglement, adding feedback during the measurement conditioned on the outcome allows for deterministic entanglement. This can be supplemented or substituted for with reservoir engineering techniques, which allow for non-zero concurrence in the steady state even in the presence of dephasing. Both the dispersive and near-resonant regimes of circuit QED are analysed.

  17. Maxwell's demon based on a single qubit

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    Pekola, J. P.; Golubev, D. S.; Averin, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    We propose and analyze Maxwell's demon based on a single qubit with avoided level crossing. Its operation cycle consists of adiabatic drive to the point of minimum energy separation, measurement of the qubit state, and conditional feedback. We show that the heat extracted from the bath at temperature T can ideally approach the Landauer limit of kBT ln2 per cycle even in the quantum regime. Practical demon efficiency is limited by the interplay of Landau-Zener transitions and coupling to the bath. We suggest that an experimental demonstration of the demon is fully feasible using one of the standard superconducting qubits.

  18. Multiple Multi-Qubit Quantum States Sharing

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    Qin, Hua-Wang; Dai, Yue-Wei

    2016-04-01

    A multiple multi-qubit quantum states sharing scheme is proposed, in which the dealer can share multiple multi-qubit quantum states among the participants through only one distribution and one recovery. The dealer encodes the secret quantum states into a special entangled state, and then distributes the particles of the entangled state to the participants. The participants perform the single-particle measurements on their particles, and can cooperate to recover the multiple multi-qubit quantum states. Compared to the existing schemes, our scheme is more efficient and more flexible in practice.

  19. Multimode mediated qubit-qubit coupling and dark-state symmetries in circuit quantum electrodynamics

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    Filipp, S.; Goeppl, M.; Fink, J. M.; Baur, M.; Bianchetti, R.; Steffen, L.; Wallraff, A.

    2011-06-15

    Microwave cavities with high quality factors enable coherent coupling of distant quantum systems. Virtual photons lead to a transverse interaction between qubits when they are nonresonant with the cavity but resonant with each other. We experimentally investigate the inverse scaling of the interqubit coupling with the detuning from a cavity mode and its proportionality to the qubit-cavity interaction strength. We demonstrate that the enhanced coupling at higher frequencies is mediated by multiple higher-harmonic cavity modes. Moreover, we observe dark states of the coupled qubit-qubit system and analyze their relation to the symmetry of the applied driving field at different frequencies.

  20. Superconductor-insulator transition in disordered Josephson-junction chains

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    Bard, M.; Protopopov, I. V.; Gornyi, I. V.; Shnirman, A.; Mirlin, A. D.

    2017-08-01

    We study the superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition in disordered Josephson-junction chains. To this end, we derive the field theory from the lattice model that describes a chain of superconducting islands with a capacitive coupling to the ground (C0) as well as between the islands (C1). We analyze the theory in the short-range (C1≪C0 ) and in the long-range (C1≫C0 ) limits. The transition to the insulating state is driven by the proliferation of quantum phase slips. The most important source of disorder originates from trapped charges in the substrate that suppress the coherence of phase slips, thus favoring superconducting correlations. Using the renormalization-group approach, we determine the phase diagram and evaluate the temperature dependence of the dc conductivity and system-size dependence of the resistance around the superconductor-insulator transition. These dependences have in general strongly nonmonotonic character, with several distinct regimes reflecting an intricate interplay of superconductivity and disorder.

  1. Enhancement of Shapiro-like steps in multiterminal Josephson structures

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    Savinov, D. A.

    2016-08-01

    The distinctive features of current-voltage characteristics are studied for mesoscopic multiterminal structures effected by external irradiation. Considering a simple model of applied dc+ac voltage, we calculate Shapiro-like steps in Josephson systems with several weakly coupled superconducting electrodes. Owing to the action of an external alternating signal, the dc current is found to be rather increased than it appears in the same multiterminal Josephson node without the radiation. The possible applications of our results for the experimental observation of the Shapiro-like steps in such Josephson structures are discussed.

  2. Effect of environment fluctuations on a Josephson current

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    Galaktionov, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    An influence of an electromagnetic environment on a Josephson current through a tunnel junction is studied with the aid of Ambegaokar-Eckern-Schön effective action. Two types of environment are investigated: one, characterized by a resonant mode, and an ohmic one. The crossover to a Josephson π-junction is possible for both of them. In addition the resonant-mode environment results in an increase of a Josephson current when the ratio of the doubled superconducting gap to the frequency of the mode is close to an integer number.

  3. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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    Shelykh, I. A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Pavlovic, G.; Malpuech, G.

    2008-07-15

    We analyze theoretically the phenomena related to the Josephson effect for exciton and polariton condensates, taking into account their specific spin degrees of freedom. We distinguish between two types of Josephson effects: the extrinsic effect, related to the coherent tunneling of particles with the same spin between two spatially separated potential traps, and the intrinsic effect, related to the 'tunneling' between different spinor components of the condensate within the same trap. We show that the Josephson effect in the nonlinear regime can lead to nontrivial polarization dynamics and produce spontaneous separation of the condensates with opposite polarization in real space.

  4. Josephson effect in a Weyl SNS junction

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    Madsen, Kevin A.; Bergholtz, Emil J.; Brouwer, Piet W.

    2017-02-01

    We calculate the Josephson current density j (ϕ ) for a Weyl superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor junction for which the outer terminals are superconducting Weyl metals and the normal layer is a Weyl (semi)metal. We describe the Weyl (semi)metal using a simple model with two Weyl points. The model has broken time-reversal symmetry, but inversion symmetry is present. We calculate the Josephson current for both zero and finite temperature for the two pairing mechanisms inside the superconductors that have been proposed in the literature, zero-momentum BCS-like pairing and finite-momentum FFLO-like pairing, and assuming the short-junction limit. For both pairing types we find that the current is proportional to the normal-state junction conductivity, with a proportionality coefficient that shows quantitative differences between the two pairing mechanisms. The current for the BCS-like pairing is found to be independent of the chemical potential, whereas the current for the FFLO-like pairing is not.

  5. Josephson effect in multiterminal topological junctions

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    Zazunov, A.; Egger, R.; Alvarado, M.; Yeyati, A. Levy

    2017-07-01

    We study the Josephson effect in a trijunction formed by two topological superconductor (TS) wires and a conventional s -wave superconductor. Using a boundary Green's function formalism, analytical results for the current-phase relation are obtained in various limiting cases by modeling the TS wires via the low-energy limit of a Kitaev chain. We show that Josephson transport critically depends on the spin canting angle θ between the boundary spin polarizations of the TS wires, which in turn suggests that the spin structure of Majorana states can be accessed through supercurrent measurements. We also extend the boundary Green's function approach to a more microscopic spinful wire model and thereby compute the dependence of θ on experimentally accessible parameters such as the Zeeman field and/or the chemical potential. Furthermore, we show that the equilibrium current-phase relation between both TS wires exhibits a robust 4 π periodicity since the conventional superconducting lead effectively locks the fermion parity of the trijunction.

  6. Gate Set Tomography on two qubits

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    Nielsen, Erik; Blume-Kohout, Robin; Gamble, John; Rudinger, Kenneth

    Gate set tomography (GST) is a method for characterizing quantum gates that does not require pre-calibrated operations, and has been used to both certify and improve the operation of single qubits. We analyze the performance of GST applied to a simulated two-qubit system, and show that Heisenberg scaling is achieved in this case. We present a GST analysis of preliminary two-qubit experimental data, and draw comparisons with the simulated data case. Finally, we will discuss recent theoretical developments that have improved the efficiency of GST estimation procedures, and which are particularly beneficial when characterizing two qubit systems. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  7. Quantum data compression of a qubit ensemble.

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    Rozema, Lee A; Mahler, Dylan H; Hayat, Alex; Turner, Peter S; Steinberg, Aephraim M

    2014-10-17

    Data compression is a ubiquitous aspect of modern information technology, and the advent of quantum information raises the question of what types of compression are feasible for quantum data, where it is especially relevant given the extreme difficulty involved in creating reliable quantum memories. We present a protocol in which an ensemble of quantum bits (qubits) can in principle be perfectly compressed into exponentially fewer qubits. We then experimentally implement our algorithm, compressing three photonic qubits into two. This protocol sheds light on the subtle differences between quantum and classical information. Furthermore, since data compression stores all of the available information about the quantum state in fewer physical qubits, it could allow for a vast reduction in the amount of quantum memory required to store a quantum ensemble, making even today's limited quantum memories far more powerful than previously recognized.

  8. Quantum computing with spin cluster qubits.

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    Meier, Florian; Levy, Jeremy; Loss, Daniel

    2003-01-31

    We study the low energy states of finite spin chains with isotropic (Heisenberg) and anisotropic (XY and Ising-like) antiferromagnetic exchange interaction with uniform and nonuniform coupling constants. We show that for an odd number of sites a spin cluster qubit can be defined in terms of the ground state doublet. This qubit is remarkably insensitive to the placement and coupling anisotropy of spins within the cluster. One- and two-qubit quantum gates can be generated by magnetic fields and intercluster exchange, and leakage during quantum gate operation is small. Spin cluster qubits inherit the long decoherence times and short gate operation times of single spins. Control of single spins is hence not necessary for the realization of universal quantum gates.

  9. Quantum error correction via less noisy qubits.

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    Fujiwara, Yuichiro

    2013-04-26

    Known quantum error correction schemes are typically able to take advantage of only a limited class of classical error-correcting codes. Entanglement-assisted quantum error correction is a partial solution which made it possible to exploit any classical linear codes over the binary or quaternary finite field. However, the known entanglement-assisted scheme requires noiseless qubits that help correct quantum errors on noisy qubits, which can be too severe an assumption. We prove that a more relaxed and realistic assumption is sufficient by presenting encoding and decoding operations assisted by qubits on which quantum errors of one particular kind may occur. As in entanglement assistance, our scheme can import any binary or quaternary linear codes. If the auxiliary qubits are noiseless, our codes become entanglement-assisted codes, and saturate the quantum Singleton bound when the underlying classical codes are maximum distance separable.

  10. High fidelity gates for exchange-only qubits in triple-quantum-dots

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    Fei, Jianjia; Hung, Jo-Tzu; Koh, Teck Seng; Shim, Yun-Pil; Oh, Sangchul; Coppersmith, Susan; Hu, Xuedong; Friesen, Mark

    2013-03-01

    One of the main attractions of implementing exchange-only qubits in quantum dots is their ease of control. Gate operations are performed by changing the voltages on the top-gates, to vary the tunnel coupling and/or the detuning between the dots. One of the main challenges is that when exchange interactions are turned on, charge noise will cause dephasing. Here, we explore optimal strategies for implementing logical qubit rotations in exchange-only qubits. We take into account charge noise, and challenges due to hyperfine interactions, including leakage outside the logical qubit space, and dephasing caused by fluctuations of the local nuclear fields. Our method is based on optimizing the experimentally tunable parameters to maximize the fidelity of the gate operation. /newline /newline The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressly or implied, of the U.S. Government. This work was supported in part by the DARPA/MTO QuEST program through a grant from AFOSR, and by United States Department of Defense.

  11. 14-Qubit Entanglement: Creation and Coherence

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    Monz, Thomas; Schindler, Philipp; Barreiro, Julio T.; Chwalla, Michael; Nigg, Daniel; Harlander, Maximilian; Hennrich, Markus; Coish, William A.; Haensel, Wolfgang; Blatt, Rainer

    2011-04-01

    We report the creation of Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger states with up to 14 qubits. By investigating the coherence of up to 8 ions over time, we observe a decay proportional to the square of the number of qubits. The observed decay agrees with a theoretical model which assumes a system affected by correlated, Gaussian phase noise. This model holds for the majority of current experimental systems developed towards quantum computation and quantum metrology.

  12. Towards Using Molecular States as Qubits

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    Goswami, Debabrata; Goswami, Tapas; Kumar, S. K. Karthick; Das, Dipak K.

    2011-09-01

    Molecular systems are presented as possible qubit systems by exploring non-resonant molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene with femtosecond laser pulses as a model case. We show that such laser fragmentation process is dependent on the phase and polarization characteristics of the laser. The effect of the chirp and polarization of the femtosecond pulse when applied simultaneously is mutually independent of each other, which makes chirp and polarization as useful `logic' implementing parameters for such molecular qubits.

  13. Towards Using Molecular States as Qubits

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    Goswami, Debabrata; Goswami, Tapas; Kumar, S. K. Karthick; Das, Dipak K.

    2011-09-23

    Molecular systems are presented as possible qubit systems by exploring non-resonant molecular fragmentation of n-propyl benzene with femtosecond laser pulses as a model case. We show that such laser fragmentation process is dependent on the phase and polarization characteristics of the laser. The effect of the chirp and polarization of the femtosecond pulse when applied simultaneously is mutually independent of each other, which makes chirp and polarization as useful 'logic' implementing parameters for such molecular qubits.

  14. Symmetric operation of the resonant exchange qubit

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    Malinowski, Filip K.; Martins, Frederico; Nissen, Peter D.; Fallahi, Saeed; Gardner, Geoffrey C.; Manfra, Michael J.; Marcus, Charles M.; Kuemmeth, Ferdinand

    2017-07-01

    We operate a resonant exchange qubit in a highly symmetric triple-dot configuration using IQ-modulated rf pulses. We find that the qubit splitting is an order of magnitude less sensitive to all relevant control voltages, compared to the conventional operating point, but we observe no significant improvement in the quality of Rabi oscillations. For weak driving this is consistent with Overhauser field fluctuations modulating the qubit splitting. For strong driving we infer that effective voltage noise modulates the coupling strength between rf drive and the qubit, thereby quickening Rabi decay. Application of CPMG dynamical decoupling sequences consisting of up to 32 π pulses significantly prolongs qubit coherence, leading to marginally longer dephasing times in the symmetric configuration. This is consistent with dynamical decoupling from low frequency noise, but quantitatively cannot be explained by effective gate voltage noise and Overhauser field fluctuations alone. Our results inform recent strategies for the utilization of symmetric configurations in the operation of triple-dot qubits.

  15. Self-consistent solution for proximity effect and Josephson current in ballistic graphene SNS Josephson junctions

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2010-04-06

    We use a tight-binding Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) formalism to self-consistently calculate the proximity effect, Josephson current, and local density of states in ballistic graphene SNS Josephson junctions. Both short and long junctions, with respect to the superconducting coherence length, are considered, as well as different doping levels of the graphene. We show that self-consistency does not notably change the current-phase relationship derived earlier for short junctions using the non-selfconsistent Dirac-BdG formalism but predict a significantly increased critical current with a stronger junction length dependence. In addition, we show that in junctions with no Fermi level mismatch between the N and S regions superconductivity persists even in the longest junctions we can investigate, indicating a diverging Ginzburg-Landau superconducting coherence length in the normal region.

  16. Interplay between Coulomb blockade and Josephson effect in a topological superconductor-quantum dot device

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    Lee, Yu-Li; Lee, Yu-Wen

    2016-05-01

    We study the behavior of a topological Josephson junction in which two topological superconductors are coupled through a quantum dot. We focus on the case with the bulk superconducting gap being the largest energy scale. Two parameter regimes are investigated: a weak tunneling between the dot and the superconductors, with the dot near its charge degeneracy point, and a strong-tunneling regime in which the transmission between the dot and the superconductors is nearly perfect. We show that in the former situation, the Andreev spectrum for each sector with fixed fermion parity consists of only two levels, which gives rise to the nontrivial current-phase relation. Moreover, we study the Rabi oscillation between the two levels and indicate that the corresponding frequency is a 4 π -periodic function of the phase difference between the two superconductors, which is immune to the quasiparticle poisoning. In the latter case, we find that the Coulomb charging energy enhances the effect of backscattering at the interfaces between the dot and the superconductors. Both the temperature and the gate-voltage dependence of the critical Josephson current are examined.

  17. Nanoscale phase engineering of thermal transport with a Josephson heat modulator.

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    Fornieri, Antonio; Blanc, Christophe; Bosisio, Riccardo; D'Ambrosio, Sophie; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-03-01

    Macroscopic quantum phase coherence has one of its pivotal expressions in the Josephson effect, which manifests itself both in charge and energy transport. The ability to master the amount of heat transferred through two tunnel-coupled superconductors by tuning their phase difference is the core of coherent caloritronics, and is expected to be a key tool in a number of nanoscience fields, including solid-state cooling, thermal isolation, radiation detection, quantum information and thermal logic. Here, we show the realization of the first balanced Josephson heat modulator designed to offer full control at the nanoscale over the phase-coherent component of thermal currents. Our device provides magnetic-flux-dependent temperature modulations up to 40 mK in amplitude with a maximum of the flux-to-temperature transfer coefficient reaching 200 mK per flux quantum at a bath temperature of 25 mK. Foremost, it demonstrates the exact correspondence in the phase engineering of charge and heat currents, breaking ground for advanced caloritronic nanodevices such as thermal splitters, heat pumps and time-dependent electronic engines.

  18. Noise properties of nanoscale YBa2Cu3O7-δ Josephson junctions

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    Gustafsson, D.; Lombardi, F.; Bauch, T.

    2011-11-01

    We present electric noise measurements of nanoscale biepitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) Josephson junctions fabricated by two different lithographic methods. The first (conventional) technique defines the junctions directly by ion milling etching through an amorphous carbon mask. The second (soft patterning) method makes use of the phase competition between the superconducting YBCO (Y123) and the insulating Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) phase at the grain boundary interface on MgO (110) substrates. The voltage noise properties of the two methods are compared in this study. For all junctions (having a thickness of 100 nm and widths of 250-500 nm), we see a significant amount of individual charge traps. We have extracted an approximate value for the effective area of the charge traps from the noise data. From the noise measurements, we infer that the soft-patterned junctions with a grain-boundary (GB) interface manifesting a large c-axis tunneling component have a uniform barrier and a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) -like behavior. The noise properties of soft-patterned junctions having a GB interface dominated by transport parallel to the ab planes are in accordance with a resonant tunneling barrier model. The conventionally patterned junctions, instead, have suppressed superconducting transport channels with an area much less than the nominal junction area. These findings are important for the implementation of nanosized Josephson junctions in quantum circuits.

  19. Nanoscale phase engineering of thermal transport with a Josephson heat modulator

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    Fornieri, Antonio; Blanc, Christophe; Bosisio, Riccardo; D'Ambrosio, Sophie; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-03-01

    Macroscopic quantum phase coherence has one of its pivotal expressions in the Josephson effect, which manifests itself both in charge and energy transport. The ability to master the amount of heat transferred through two tunnel-coupled superconductors by tuning their phase difference is the core of coherent caloritronics, and is expected to be a key tool in a number of nanoscience fields, including solid-state cooling, thermal isolation, radiation detection, quantum information and thermal logic. Here, we show the realization of the first balanced Josephson heat modulator designed to offer full control at the nanoscale over the phase-coherent component of thermal currents. Our device provides magnetic-flux-dependent temperature modulations up to 40 mK in amplitude with a maximum of the flux-to-temperature transfer coefficient reaching 200 mK per flux quantum at a bath temperature of 25 mK. Foremost, it demonstrates the exact correspondence in the phase engineering of charge and heat currents, breaking ground for advanced caloritronic nanodevices such as thermal splitters, heat pumps and time-dependent electronic engines.

  20. The validity of the RWA and gate operation speedup by violating RWA in resonant-driven qubit systems

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    Song, Yang

    The rotating wave approximation (RWA) is ubiquitously used in understanding (quasi)resonant driven systems and designing pulses for state evolution. Following the practice in atomic and NMR physics, a wide range of semiconducting qubit systems are driven resonantly to manipulate the qubit, including single-spin/resonant exchange (RX)/various singlet-triplet(ST)/spin-charge hybrid qubits. The purpose of this talk is twofold: (I) Examine the validity of RWA in different qubit systems and analyze the error in terms of quantum computation; (II) Present faster gate operations by going into RWA-invalid regime for resonant-driven qubits (esp. for ST and RX types). We measure the RWA-induced infidelity and discuss it in view of the fault-tolerant error correction threshold and operation speeds. Applying the analytical extension (two orders higher than RWA) greatly reduces the infidelity, in the regime where the RWA is attempted to be used. Moreover, we show that the resonant-driven system is not limited by the Rabi-like weak coupling limit and the associated slow gate speed, much smaller than the level splitting (e.g., the small Zeeman energy gradient in ST qubits). We demonstrate the universal one qubit gates for driving strength up to a few level splitting, achieving fast control with only simple sinusoidal pulses. We also solve for the `shifted sinusoidal' pulses needed for ST qubits where the exchange coupling cannot change signs. In collaboration with Xin Wang, Jason Kestner and Sankar Das Sarma, and supported by LPS-MPO-CMTC and IARPA-MQCO.

  1. Josephson Junction spectrum analyzer for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Larkin, S. Y.; Anischenko, S. E.; Khabayev, P. V.

    1995-01-01

    A prototype of the Josephson-effect spectrum analyzer developed for the millimeter wave band is described. The measurement results for spectra obtained in the frequency band from 50 to 250 GHz are presented.

  2. Coherent diffraction of thermal currents in long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Guarcello, Claudio; Giazotto, Francesco; Solinas, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    We discuss heat transport in thermally-biased long Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field. In full analogy with the Josephson critical current, the phase-dependent component of the heat current through the junction displays coherent diffraction. Thermal transport is analyzed as a function of both the length and the damping of the junction, highlighting deviations from the standard "Fraunhofer" pattern characteristic of short junctions. The heat current diffraction patterns show features strongly related to the formation and penetration of Josephson vortices, i.e., solitons. We show that a dynamical treatment of the system is crucial for the realistic description of the Josephson junction, and it leads to peculiar results. In fact, hysteretic behaviors in the diffraction patterns when the field is swept up and down are observed, corresponding to the trapping of vortices in the junction.

  3. Giant magnetic effects and oscillations in antiferromagnetic Josephson weak links

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    Gorkov, L.; Kresin, Vladimir

    2001-04-01

    Josephson junctions with an antiferromagnetic metal as a link are described. The junction can be switched off by a relatively small magnetic field. The amplitude of the current oscillates as a function of the field.

  4. Josephson junction spectrum analyzer for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Larkin, S.Y.; Anischenko, S.E.; Khabayev, P.V.

    1994-12-31

    A prototype of the Josephson-effect spectrum analyzer developed for the millimeter-wave band is described. The measurement results for spectra obtained in the frequency band from 50 to 250 GHz are presented.

  5. Flux Cloning Anomalities in Josephson Nano-Junctions

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    Hassan, Hanaa Farhan; Kusmartsev, Feo V.

    2010-12-01

    The propagation of single flux quanta in T-shaped Josephson junctions gives rise to the flux cloning phenomenon. We have studied numerically the dynamics of flux cloning in cases of extended Josephson junctions. The changing thicknesses of T-junctions lead to new and interesting effects in terms of their dynamics. We have found out that when an additional Josephson transmission line is larger than the main Josephson transmission line, numerical simulations do not show the cloning phenomenon and soliton is reflected when it approaches the T junction. This strange result may be happened because the soliton losses more energy in the sharp edge. Although the vortex is moving very highly and it has huge energy but it still does not give birth to a new vortex. We have investigated conditions at which flux cloning occurs when both widths, W and W0, are changing.

  6. Flux Cloning Anomalities in Josephson Nano-Junctions

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    Hassan, Hanaa Farhan; Kusmartsev, Feo V.

    The propagation of single flux quanta in T-shaped Josephson junctions gives rise to the flux cloning phenomenon. We have studied numerically the dynamics of flux cloning in cases of extended Josephson junctions. The changing thicknesses of T-junctions lead to new and interesting effects in terms of their dynamics. We have found out that when an additional Josephson transmission line is larger than the main Josephson transmission line, numerical simulations do not show the cloning phenomenon and soliton is reflected when it approaches the T junction. This strange result may be happened because the soliton losses more energy in the sharp edge. Although the vortex is moving very highly and it has huge energy but it still does not give birth to a new vortex. We have investigated conditions at which flux cloning occurs when both widths, W and W0, are changing.

  7. High-resolution Josephson spectroscopy with a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Randeria, Mallika T.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Yazdani, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Conventional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements use a normal metal tip to probe local quasi-particle density of states with atomic resolution. Using a superconducting tip to conduct spectroscopy significantly boosts the energy resolution of the measurements, thus expanding the STM capabilities. Moreover, superconducting tips make it possible to probe superconductivity via the Josephson effect, which provides a direct measure of the local superconducting order parameter. Therefore, scanning Josephson spectroscopy measurements have the potential to characterize of a wide variety of superconducting materials on the atomic scale. I will present superconducting Pb tip measurements performed at temperatures below 250mK in a dilution refrigerator STM. By controlling the junction resistance, we are able to explore a wide range of tunneling regimes. Josephson measurements on Pb samples exhibit features including multiple Andreev reflections, and I will discuss the extension of these techniques to study atomic scale variations in Josephson current.

  8. Higher-order nonlinear effects in a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Kochetov, Bogdan A.; Fedorov, Arkady

    2015-12-01

    Nonlinearity of the current-phase relationship of a Josephson junction is the key resource for a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA) as well as for a Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier, the only devices in which the quantum limit for added noise has so far been approached at microwave frequencies. A standard approach to describe JPA takes into account only the lowest order (cubic) nonlinearity resulting in a Duffing-like oscillator equation of motion or in a Kerr-type nonlinearity term in the Hamiltonian. In this paper we derive the quantum expression for the gain of JPA including all orders of the Josephson junction nonlinearity in the linear response regime. We then analyze gain saturation effect for stronger signals within a semiclassical approach. Our results reveal nonlinear effects of higher orders and their implications for operation of a JPA.

  9. Josephson effects in a Bose–Einstein condensate of magnons

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    Troncoso, Roberto E.; Núñez, Álvaro S.

    2014-07-15

    A phenomenological theory is developed, that accounts for the collective dynamics of a Bose–Einstein condensate of magnons. In terms of such description we discuss the nature of spontaneous macroscopic interference between magnon clouds, highlighting the close relation between such effects and the well known Josephson effects. Using those ideas, we present a detailed calculation of the Josephson oscillations between two magnon clouds, spatially separated in a magnonic Josephson junction. -- Highlights: •We presented a theory that accounts for the collective dynamics of a magnon-BEC. •We discuss the nature of macroscopic interference between magnon-BEC clouds. •We remarked the close relation between the above phenomena and Josephson’s effect. •We remark the distinctive oscillations that characterize the Josephson oscillations.

  10. 1D Josephson quantum interference grids: diffraction patterns and dynamics

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    Lucci, M.; Badoni, D.; Corato, V.; Merlo, V.; Ottaviani, I.; Salina, G.; Cirillo, M.; Ustinov, A. V.; Winkler, D.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the magnetic response of transmission lines with embedded Josephson junctions and thus generating a 1D underdamped array. The measured multi-junction interference patterns are compared with the theoretical predictions for Josephson supercurrent modulations when an external magnetic field couples both to the inter-junction loops and to the junctions themselves. The results provide a striking example of the analogy between Josephson phase modulation and 1D optical diffraction grid. The Fiske resonances in the current-voltage characteristics with voltage spacing {Φ0}≤ft(\\frac{{\\bar{c}}}{2L}\\right) , where L is the total physical length of the array, {Φ0} the magnetic flux quantum and \\bar{c} the speed of light in the transmission line, demonstrate that the discrete line supports stable dynamic patterns generated by the ac Josephson effect interacting with the cavity modes of the line.

  11. Current-voltage characteristics of tunnel Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer

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    Vasenko, A. S.; Kawabata, S.; Golubov, A. A.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Lacroix, C.; Bergeret, F. S.; Hekking, F. W. J.

    2011-07-01

    We present a quantitative study of the current-voltage characteristics (CVC) of diffusive superconductor/insulator/ferromagnet/superconductor (SIFS) tunnel Josephson junctions. In order to obtain the CVC we calculate the density of states (DOS) in the F/S bilayer for arbitrary length of the ferromagnetic layer, using quasiclassical theory. For a ferromagnetic layer thickness larger than the characteristic penetration depth of the superconducting condensate into the F layer, we find an analytical expression which agrees with the DOS obtained from a self-consistent numerical method. We discuss general properties of the DOS and its dependence on the parameters of the ferromagnetic layer. In particular we focus our analysis on the DOS oscillations at the Fermi energy. Using the numerically obtained DOS we calculate the corresponding CVC and discuss their properties. Finally, we use CVC to calculate the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) escape rate for the current biased SIFS junctions by taking into account the dissipative correction due to the quasiparticle tunneling. We show that the influence of the quasiparticle dissipation on the macroscopic quantum dynamics of SIFS junctions is small, which is an advantage of SIFS junctions for superconducting qubits applications.

  12. Time-multiplexed amplification in a hybrid-less and coil-less Josephson parametric converter

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Chavez-Garcia, Jose M.; Brink, Markus; Keefe, George; Chow, Jerry M.

    2017-02-01

    Josephson parametric converters (JPCs) are superconducting devices capable of performing nondegenerate, three-wave mixing in the microwave domain without losses. One drawback limiting their use in scalable quantum architectures is the large footprint of the auxiliary circuit needed for their operation, in particular, the use of off-chip, bulky, broadband hybrids and magnetic coils. Here, we realize a JPC that eliminates the need for these bulky components. The pump drive and flux bias are applied in the Hybrid-Less, Coil-Less (HLCL) device through an on-chip, lossless, three-port power divider and an on-chip flux line, respectively. We show that the HLCL design considerably simplifies the circuit and reduces the footprint of the device while maintaining a comparable performance to state-of-the-art JPCs. Furthermore, we exploit the tunable bandwidth property of the JPC and the added capability of applying alternating currents to the flux line in order to switch the resonance frequencies of the device, hence demonstrating time-multiplexed amplification of microwave tones that are separated by more than the dynamical bandwidth of the amplifier. Such a measurement technique can potentially serve to perform a time-multiplexed, high-fidelity readout of superconducting qubits.

  13. Fluxons in a triangular set of coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Yukon, Stanford P.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2015-09-01

    We report results of an analysis of the dynamics of magnetic flux solitons in the system of three long Josephson junctions between three bulk superconductors that form a prism. The system is modeled by coupled sine-Gordon equations for the phases of the junctions. The Aharonov-Bohm constraint takes into account the axial magnetic flux enclosed by the prism and reduces the system from three independent phases to two. The equations of motion for the phases include dissipative terms, and a control parameter δ which accounts for the deviation of the enclosed flux from half a quantum. Analyzing the effective potential of the coupled equations, we identify different species of topological and non-topological phase solitons (fluxons) in this system. In particular, subkinks with fractional topological charges ±1/3 and ±2/3, confined inside integer-charge fluxons, may be mapped onto the root diagrams for mesons and baryons in the original quark model of hadrons. Solutions for straight-line kinks and for two types of non-topological solitons are obtained in an explicit analytical form. Numerical tests demonstrate that the former species is unstable against breakup into pairs of separating single-fluxon kinks. The non-topological kinks feature metastability, eventually breaking up into fluxon-antifluxon pairs. Free fractional-fluxon kinks, that connect different potential minima and are, accordingly, pulled by the potential difference, are also considered. Using the momentum-balance method, we predict the velocity at which these kinks should move in the presence of the dissipation. Numerical tests demonstrate that the analysis predicts the velocity quite closely. Higher-energy static solutions for all of the stable kink types mentioned above, as well as kinks connecting false vacua, are found by means of the shooting method. Inelastic collisions among the stable fractional and single-fluxon kinks are investigated numerically.

  14. Fluxons in a triangular set of coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Yukon, Stanford P.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2015-09-15

    We report results of an analysis of the dynamics of magnetic flux solitons in the system of three long Josephson junctions between three bulk superconductors that form a prism. The system is modeled by coupled sine-Gordon equations for the phases of the junctions. The Aharonov-Bohm constraint takes into account the axial magnetic flux enclosed by the prism and reduces the system from three independent phases to two. The equations of motion for the phases include dissipative terms, and a control parameter δ which accounts for the deviation of the enclosed flux from half a quantum. Analyzing the effective potential of the coupled equations, we identify different species of topological and non-topological phase solitons (fluxons) in this system. In particular, subkinks with fractional topological charges ±1/3 and ±2/3, confined inside integer-charge fluxons, may be mapped onto the root diagrams for mesons and baryons in the original quark model of hadrons. Solutions for straight-line kinks and for two types of non-topological solitons are obtained in an explicit analytical form. Numerical tests demonstrate that the former species is unstable against breakup into pairs of separating single-fluxon kinks. The non-topological kinks feature metastability, eventually breaking up into fluxon-antifluxon pairs. Free fractional-fluxon kinks, that connect different potential minima and are, accordingly, pulled by the potential difference, are also considered. Using the momentum-balance method, we predict the velocity at which these kinks should move in the presence of the dissipation. Numerical tests demonstrate that the analysis predicts the velocity quite closely. Higher-energy static solutions for all of the stable kink types mentioned above, as well as kinks connecting false vacua, are found by means of the shooting method. Inelastic collisions among the stable fractional and single-fluxon kinks are investigated numerically.

  15. One-Qubit Reduced States of a Pure Many-Qubit State: Polygon Inequalities

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    Higuchi, A.; Sudbery, A.; Szulc, J.

    2003-03-01

    We show that a necessary and sufficient condition for a set of n one-qubit mixed states to be the reduced states of a pure n-qubit state is that their smaller eigenvalues should satisfy polygon inequalities: each of them must be no greater than the sum of the others.

  16. Enhancing the coherence of 3D qubits suitable for multi-qubit experiments

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    Abdo, Baleegh; McClure, Douglas; Paik, Hanhee; Sandberg, Martin; Gambetta, Jay; Dial, Oliver

    2015-03-01

    Superconducting qubits coupled to 3D cavities have several advantages over qubits coupled to planar cavities on the same chip, e.g., 1) they can be individually designed, tested, and integrated, 2) they exhibit better microwave hygiene than their 2D counterpart, and 3) they possess higher coherence times, in part because they have reduced participation ratios for surface dielectric layers that can be lossy. However, in order to implement the surface code using a multi-qubit system, 3D qubits and their corresponding microwave cavities have to meet several competing requirements in addition to preserving long coherence, such as large coupling of the 3D qubit to two adjacent microwave resonators, sufficient coupling to other qubits, and large microwave isolation between different cavities. Finding a qubit design that balances all of these requirements has proved challenging so far. In this work, we apply a combination of simulations and experiments to investigate a variety of loss mechanisms that are particularly relevant for multi-qubit systems. Based on this learning, we identify changes in the design and materials of these systems that can lead to enhancement of their coherence times. We acknowledge support from IARPA under Contract W911NF-10-1-0324.

  17. Submillimeter Quasioptical Josephson Junction Oscillator with Integrated Tuning Elements

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    1994-04-30

    demonstrate a Quasioptical Josephson Oscillator with Integratd Tuning Elements using standard Conductus niobium. technology. T~his device is based on a...Elements Contract #F49620-93-C0037 AE$.R 94 0347 Aleksandar Pance Conductus , Inc. Approved for public release; (408) 524 9820 distribution unlimited...Report Summary The goal of this program was to demonstrate a Quasioptical Josephson Oscillator with Integrated Tuning Elements using standard Conductus

  18. Revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions.

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    Lee, Shu-Ping; Michaeli, Karen; Alicea, Jason; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-11-07

    Quantum spin Hall-superconductor hybrids are promising sources of topological superconductivity and Majorana modes, particularly given recent progress on HgTe and InAs/GaSb. We propose a new method of revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions supporting "fractional Josephson currents." Specifically, we show that as one threads magnetic flux between the superconductors, the critical current traces an interference pattern featuring sharp fingerprints of topological superconductivity-even when noise spoils parity conservation.

  19. Ballistic transport in InSb Josephson junctions

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    Damasco, John Jeffrey; Gill, Stephen; Car, Diana; Bakkers, Erik; Mason, Nadya

    We present transport measurements on Josephson junctions consisting of InSb nanowires contacted by Al at various junction lengths. Junction behavior as a function of gate voltage, electric field, and magnetic field is discussed. We show that short junctions behave as 1D quantum wires, exhibiting quantized conductance steps. In addition, we show how Josephson behavior changes as transport evolves from ballistic to diffusive as a function of contact spacing.

  20. Josephson vortices as flexible waveguides for terahertz waves

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    Gulevich, D. R.; Savel'ev, Sergey; Yampol'skii, V. A.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Nori, Franco

    2008-09-01

    We propose using the Josephson vortices (fluxons) as adjustable and malleable waveguides of electromagnetic radiation. Our theoretical and numerical calculations show that electromagnetic waves can propagate along the Josephson vortices and always follow the vortex lines. By changing external parameters, such as electric currents or magnetic fields, the shape and configuration of the guiding vortex lines can be controlled. We describe the design of a multifunctional three-terminal device that controls the transmission (redirecting or splitting) of a beam of electromagnetic waves.

  1. On the electrodynamics of Josephson effect in anisotropic superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.

    1989-01-01

    Specificities of Josephson effect electrodynamics in anisotropic superconductors are of considerable interest for the study of high temperature superconductors with strongly anisotropic layered structure. In this paper the authors give the calculation for the tunnel Josephson contact of an isolated vortex, the law of dispersion of its low-amplitude oscillations, the critical field H/sub cl/ for the penetration of magnetic flux, and the maximum current across a rectangular contact.

  2. Sensitivity of Josephson-effect millimeter-wave radiometer

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    Ohta, H.; Feldman, M. J.; Parrish, P. T.; Chiao, R. Y.

    1974-01-01

    The noise temperature and the minimum detectable temperature of a Josephson junction in video detection of microwave and millimeter-wave radiation has been calculated. We use the well-known method based on a Fokker-Planck equation. The noise temperature can be very close to ambient temperature. Because its predetection bandwidth is very wide, a Josephson-effect radio telescope receiver can have a minimum detectable temperature better than that of a traveling-wave maser.

  3. Probing qubit by qubit: Properties of the POVM and the information/disturbance tradeoff

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    Sparaciari, Carlo; Paris, Matteo G. A.

    2014-04-01

    We address the class of positive operator-valued measures (POVMs) for qubit systems that are obtained by coupling the signal qubit with a probe qubit and then performing a projective measurement on the sole probe system. These POVMs, which represent the simplest class of qubit POVMs, depends on 3 + 3 + 2 = 8 free parameters describing the initial preparation of the probe qubit, the Cartan representative of the unitary coupling, and the projective measurement at the output, respectively. We analyze in some detail the properties of the POVM matrix elements, and investigate their values for given ranges of the free parameters. We also analyze in detail the tradeoff between information and disturbance for different ranges of the free parameters, showing, among other things, that (i) typical values of the tradeoff are close to optimality and (ii) even using a maximally mixed probe one may achieve optimal tradeoff.

  4. Cooper-pair charge solitons: The electrodynamics of localized charge in a superconductor

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    Haviland, D.B.; Delsing, P.

    1996-09-01

    One-dimensional arrays of small-capacitance Josephson junctions exhibit a current-voltage curve that is characterized by a zero-current state for bias voltage below a threshold voltage {ital V}{sub {ital t}}. The threshold voltages can be modulated with an external magnetic field {ital B}, which tunes effective Josephson coupling between adjacent electrodes of the array. The dependance of {ital V}{sub {ital t}} on {ital B} is well explained by a model where {ital V}{sub {ital t}} is the injection voltage for a Cooper-pair charge soliton. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  5. Josephson vortex lattice in layered superconductors

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Dodgson, M. J. W.

    2013-09-15

    Many superconducting materials are composed of weakly coupled conducting layers. Such a layered structure has a very strong influence on the properties of vortex matter in a magnetic field. This review focuses on the properties of the Josephson vortex lattice generated by the magnetic field applied in the direction of the layers. The theoretical description is based on the Lawrence-Doniach model in the London limit, which takes only the phase degree of freedom of the superconducting order parameter into account. In spite of its simplicity, this model leads to an amazingly rich set of phenomena. We review in detail the structure of an isolated vortex line and various properties of the vortex lattice, in both dilute and dense limits. In particular, we extensively discuss the influence of the layered structure and thermal fluctuations on the selection of lattice configurations at different magnetic fields.

  6. Ferromagnetic resonance with long Josephson junction

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    Golovchanskiy, I. A.; Abramov, N. N.; Stolyarov, V. S.; Emelyanova, O. V.; Golubov, A. A.; Ustinov, A. V.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2017-05-01

    In this work we propose a hybrid device based on a long Josephson junction (JJ) coupled inductively to an external ferromagnetic (FM) layer. The long JJ in a zero-field operation mode induces a localized AC magnetic field in the FM layer and enables a synchronized magnetostatic standing wave. The magnetostatic wave induces additional dissipation for soliton propagation in the junction and also enables a phase locking (resonant soliton synchronization) at a frequency of natural ferromagnetic resonance. The later manifests itself as an additional constant voltage step on the current-voltage characteristics at the corresponding voltage. The proposed device allows to study magnetization dynamics of individual micro-scaled FM samples using just DC technique, and also it provides additional phase locking frequency in the junction, determined exclusively by characteristics of the ferromagnet.

  7. Lossless, coherent Josephson three-wave combiner

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Sliwa, Katrina; Schackert, Flavius; Bergeal, Nicolas; Hatridge, Michael; Frunzio, Luigi; Stone, Douglas; Devoret, Michel

    2013-03-01

    We designed and operated a three-wave beam-splitter/combiner, based on Josephson parametric converters, which performs frequency conversion without introducing losses and thus adding no noise to the processed signal. We in particular show that the unitary signal-idler scattering parameters of the device can be fully modulated in-situ by varying the intensity and phase of the pump tone feeding the system. By operating the device as a 50/50 beam-combiner, we interfere coherently two input coherent microwave beams with different frequencies and demonstrate that the resulting interference fringes generated by the relative phase of the pump is in agreement with theoretical predictions. Potential applications of the device include quantum information transduction and realization of an ultra-sensitive interferometer with controllable feedback. Work supported by: IARPA, ARO, and NSF

  8. AC Josephson effect applications in microwave systems

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    Larkin, Serguey Y.

    1996-12-01

    analysis allow to get the picture of temperature distribution along the plasma cord diameter in accordance with dynamics of thermonuclear process development. Modem raclioastronomic research gives scientists the unique information on the world tructure. It is also necessary to analyze Space microwave radiation providing exclusive sensitivity of the equipment. In both cases equipment is required to be superwide band, to have high sensitivity and ability to operate at more than 300 GHz frequencies. Today all these requirements are met by the devices using the ac Josephson effect. The Josephson junctions are used as an active transforming element in such devices. At the end of 20 century the sphere of their utilization embraces medicine, communications, radiophysics, space exploration, ecology, military use, etc. The State Research Center "Fonon" ( SRC "Fonon") of the State Committee on Science and Technology of Ukraine was founded in 1991. The main aim of its creation was to concentrate the scientific and financial efforts for development and production of unique devices based on the results of fundamental study in physics of high T superconductivity. First of all we were interested in technological research on the obtaining of low impedance Josephson junctions out of the High T thin films. Using such junctions in combination with our original techniques developed in our Center we have succeed in creating the following new generation equipment: industrial set-up of the frequency meter in the range of 60 ... 600 GHz; experimental set-up of the spectrum analyzer operating in the range of 50 250 GHz; experimental model of radiometric receiver in 180...260 GHz range. All the above devices are based on the using ac Josephson effect for the receiving and processing mm- and submm- microwave signals.

  9. Singlet-triplet donor-quantum-dot qubit in silicon

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    Harvey-Collard, Patrick; Ten Eyck, Gregory A.; Wendt, Joel R.; Pluym, Tammy; Lilly, Michael P.; Carroll, Malcolm S.; Pioro-Ladrière, Michel

    2015-03-01

    Electron spins bound to phosphorus (P) donors in silicon (Si) are promising qubits due to their high fidelities, but donor-donor coupling is challenging. We propose an alternative two-electron singlet-triplet quantum-dot (QD) and donor (D) hybrid qubit. A QD is formed at a MOS 28-Si interface and is tunnel-coupled to implanted P. The proposed two-axis system is defined by the exchange and contact hyperfine interactions. We demonstrate that a few electron QD can be formed and tuned to interact with a donor. We investigate the spin filling of the QD-D system through charge-sensed (CS) magnetospectroscopy and identify spin-up loading consistent with a singlet-triplet splitting of ~100 μeV near a QD-D anti-crossing. We also demonstrate an enhanced CS readout contrast and time window due to the restricted relaxation path of the D through the QD. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  10. Quantum vortices near the superconductor-insulator transition in Josephson junction arrays

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    van Otterlo, Anne; Fazio, Rosario; Scho¨n, Gerd

    1994-02-01

    We investigate the properties of vortices in Josephson junction arrays in the regime close to the superconductor-insulator transition. We derive general expressions for the vortex mass and the vortex-spinwave coupling in terms of the charge-charge correlation function, which we evaluate in a self consistent harmonic approximation, as well as by means of Monte Carlo simulations. Our main conclusions are that close to the transition to the insulating phase the vortex mass vanishes and the threshold velocity above which vortices couple to spinwaves diverges. Thus, in the quantum regime close to the phase transition there is a velocity window in which vortices may move ballistically without damping, this in contrast to the flux flow behaviour in classical arrays.

  11. Spin supercurrent, magnetization dynamics, and φ-state in spin-textured Josephson junctions

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    Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    2014-08-01

    The prospect of combining the dissipationless nature of superconducting currents with the spin polarization of magnetic materials is interesting with respect to exploring superconducting analogs of topics in spintronics. In order to accomplish this aim, it is pivotal to understand not only how such spin supercurrents can be created, but also how they interact dynamically with magnetization textures. In this paper, we investigate the appearance of a spin supercurrent and the resulting magnetization dynamics in a textured magnetic Josephson current by using three experimentally relevant models: (i) a superconductor∣ferromagnet∣superconductor (S∣F∣S) junction with spin-active interfaces, (ii) a S∣F1∣F2∣F3∣S Josephson junction with a ferromagnetic trilayer, and (iii) a Josephson junction containing a domain wall. In all of these cases, the supercurrent is spin polarized and exerts a spin-transfer torque on the ferromagnetic interlayers which causes magnetization dynamics. Using a scattering matrix formalism in the clean limit, we compute the Andreev bound states and resulting free energy of the system which in turn is used to solve the Landau-Lifshiftz-Gilbert equation. We compute both how the inhomogeneous magnetism influences the phase dependence of the charge supercurrent and the magnetization dynamics caused by the spin polarization of the supercurrent. Using a realistic experimental parameter set, we find that the spin supercurrent can induce magnetization switching that is controlled by the superconducting phase difference. Moreover, we demonstrate that the combined effect of chiral spin symmetry breaking of the system as a whole with interface scattering causes the systems above to act as phase batteries that may supply any superconducting phase difference φ in the ground state. Such a φ-junction is accompanied by an anomalous supercurrent appearing even at zero phase difference, and we demonstrate that the flow direction of this current is

  12. Searching for highly entangled multi-qubit states

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    Brown, Iain D. K.; Stepney, Susan; Sudbery, Anthony; Braunstein, Samuel L.

    2005-02-01

    We present a simple numerical optimization procedure to search for highly entangled states of 2, 3, 4 and 5 qubits. We develop a computationally tractable entanglement measure based on the negative partial transpose criterion, which can be applied to quantum systems of an arbitrary number of qubits. The search algorithm attempts to optimize this entanglement cost function to find the maximal entanglement in a quantum system. We present highly entangled 4-qubit and 5-qubit states discovered by this search. We show that the 4-qubit state is not quite as entangled, according to two separate measures, as the conjectured maximally entangled Higuchi-Sudbery state. Using this measure, these states are more highly entangled than the 4-qubit and 5-qubit GHZ states. We also present a conjecture about the NPT measure, inspired by some of our numerical results, that the single-qubit reduced states of maximally entangled states are all totally mixed.

  13. Scalable in-situ qubit calibration during repetitive error detection

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    Kelly, J.; Barends, R.; Fowler, A.; Mutus, J.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Lucero, E.; Megrant, A.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Quintana, C.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; White, T.; Martinis, J. M.

    A quantum computer protects a quantum state from the environment through the careful manipulations of thousands or millions of physical qubits. However, operating such quantities of qubits at the necessary level of precision is an open challenge, as optimal control parameters can vary between qubits and drift in time. We present a method to optimize physical qubit parameters while error detection is running using a nine qubit system performing the bit-flip repetition code. We demonstrate how gate optimization can be parallelized in a large-scale qubit array and show that the presented method can be used to simultaneously compensate for independent or correlated qubit parameter drifts. Our method is O(1) scalable to systems of arbitrary size, providing a path towards controlling the large numbers of qubits needed for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

  14. Scalable in situ qubit calibration during repetitive error detection

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    Kelly, J.; Barends, R.; Fowler, A. G.; Megrant, A.; Jeffrey, E.; White, T. C.; Sank, D.; Mutus, J. Y.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Lucero, E.; Neeley, M.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Quintana, C.; Roushan, P.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Martinis, John M.

    2016-09-01

    We present a method to optimize qubit control parameters during error detection which is compatible with large-scale qubit arrays. We demonstrate our method to optimize single or two-qubit gates in parallel on a nine-qubit system. Additionally, we show how parameter drift can be compensated for during computation by inserting a frequency drift and using our method to remove it. We remove both drift on a single qubit and independent drifts on all qubits simultaneously. We believe this method will be useful in keeping error rates low on all physical qubits throughout the course of a computation. Our method is O (1 ) scalable to systems of arbitrary size, providing a path towards controlling the large numbers of qubits needed for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

  15. Least significant qubit algorithm for quantum images

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    Sang, Jianzhi; Wang, Shen; Li, Qiong

    2016-11-01

    To study the feasibility of the classical image least significant bit (LSB) information hiding algorithm on quantum computer, a least significant qubit (LSQb) information hiding algorithm of quantum image is proposed. In this paper, we focus on a novel quantum representation for color digital images (NCQI). Firstly, by designing the three qubits comparator and unitary operators, the reasonability and feasibility of LSQb based on NCQI are presented. Then, the concrete LSQb information hiding algorithm is proposed, which can realize the aim of embedding the secret qubits into the least significant qubits of RGB channels of quantum cover image. Quantum circuit of the LSQb information hiding algorithm is also illustrated. Furthermore, the secrets extracting algorithm and circuit are illustrated through utilizing control-swap gates. The two merits of our algorithm are: (1) it is absolutely blind and (2) when extracting secret binary qubits, it does not need any quantum measurement operation or any other help from classical computer. Finally, simulation and comparative analysis show the performance of our algorithm.

  16. Toroidal qubits: naturally-decoupled quiet artificial atoms

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    Zagoskin, Alexandre M.; Chipouline, Arkadi; Il’ichev, Evgeni; Johansson, J. Robert; Nori, Franco

    2015-01-01

    The requirements of quantum computations impose high demands on the level of qubit protection from perturbations; in particular, from those produced by the environment. Here we propose a superconducting flux qubit design that is naturally protected from ambient noise. This decoupling is due to the qubit interacting with the electromagnetic field only through its toroidal moment, which provides an unusual qubit-field interaction, which is suppressed at low frequencies. PMID:26607667

  17. Interferometric distillation and determination of unknown two-qubit entanglement

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    Lee, S.-S. B.; Sim, H.-S.

    2009-05-15

    We propose a scheme for both distilling and quantifying entanglement, applicable to individual copies of an arbitrary unknown two-qubit state. It is realized in a usual two-qubit interferometry with local filtering. Proper filtering operation for the maximal distillation of the state is achieved by erasing single-qubit interference, and then the concurrence of the state is determined directly from the visibilities of two-qubit interference. We compare the scheme with full state tomography.

  18. Asymmetric Bidirectional Controlled Teleportation via Seven-qubit Cluster State

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    Yang, Yu-Quan; Zha, Xin-Wei; Yu, Yan

    2016-10-01

    We propose a new protocol of asymmetric bidirectional controlled teleportation by using a seven-qubit cluster state as the quantum channel. That is to say Alice wants to transmit an arbitrary single-qubit state to Bob and Bob wants to transmit an arbitrary two qubit state to Alice via the control of the supervisor Charlie. One only need perform the Bell-state measurements and single-qubit measurement.

  19. Bidirectional Quantum Teleportation by Using Five-qubit Cluster State

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    Sang, Ming-huang

    2016-03-01

    We propose a scheme for bidirectional quantum teleportation by using a five-qubit cluster state. In our scheme, Alice can transmit an arbitrary two-qubit entangled state to Bob and at the same time Bob can teleport an arbitrary single-qubit state to Alice.

  20. Four-qubit entanglement classification from string theory.

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    Borsten, L; Dahanayake, D; Duff, M J; Marrani, A; Rubens, W

    2010-09-03

    We invoke the black-hole-qubit correspondence to derive the classification of four-qubit entanglement. The U-duality orbits resulting from timelike reduction of string theory from D=4 to D=3 yield 31 entanglement families, which reduce to nine up to permutation of the four qubits.