I am going to post here all newly submitted articles on the arXiv related to superconducting circuits. If your article has been accidentally forgotten, feel free to contact me
14 Dez 2018
We present the theory describing parametric amplification in a Josephson junction embedded transmission line. We will focus on the process of four-wave mixing under the assumption of
an undepleted pump. However, the approach taken is quite general, such that a different parametric process or the process under different assumptions is easily derived. First the classical theory of the coupled mode equations as presented by O’Brien et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett., 113:157001] is shortly reviewed. Then a derivation of the full quantum theory is given, resulting in a Hamiltonian that describes the process of parametric amplification. We show that the coupled mode equations can be derived from this Hamiltonian in the classical limit and elaborate on the validity of the theory.
11 Dez 2018
A quantum emitter decays due to vacuum fluctuations at its transition frequency. By virtue of the entwined nature of dissipation and fluctuations, this process can be controlled by
engineering the impedance of the environment. We study how the structured vacuum environment of a microwave photonic crystal can be used for bath engineering of a transmon qubit. The photonic crystal is realized by a step-impedance transmission line which suppresses and enhances the quantum spectral density of states akin to a Purcell filter. We demonstrate a bath engineering protocol upon driving an emitter near the photonic band edge that allows dissipation to produce non-trivial steady-states.
08 Dez 2018
Most investigations of rare earth ions in solids for quantum information have used rare earth ion doped crystals. Here we analyse the conversion of quantum information from microwave
photons to optical frequencies using crystals where the rare earth ions, rather than being dopants, are part of the host crystal. The potential of large ion densities and small linewidths makes such systems very attractive in this application. We show that, as well as high efficiency, large bandwidth conversion is possible. In fact, the collective coupling between the rare earth ions and the optical and microwave cavities is large enough that the limitation on the bandwidth of the devices will instead be the spacing between magnon mode modes in the crystal.
04 Dez 2018
In quantum optics, light-matter interaction has conventionally been studied using small atoms interacting with electromagnetic fields with wavelength several orders of magnitude larger
than the atomic dimensions. In contrast, here we experimentally demonstrate the vastly different giant atom regime, where an artificial atom interacts with acoustic fields with wavelength several orders of magnitude smaller than the atomic dimensions. This is achieved by coupling a superconducting qubit to surface acoustic waves at two points with separation on the order of 100 wavelengths. This approach is comparable to controlling the radiation of an atom by attaching it to an antenna. The slow velocity of sound leads to a significant internal time-delay for the field to propagate across the giant atom, giving rise to non-Markovian dynamics. We demonstrate the non-Markovian character of the giant atom in the frequency spectrum as well as nonexponential relaxation in the time domain.
02 Dez 2018
can be implemented using a 2D array of superconducting transmon qubits. We show how the scheme requires the"]engineering of strong attractive cross-Kerr and weak flip-flop or hopping interactions and we detail how this can be achieved. Our proposal uses a new electric circuit for obtaining the attractive cross-Kerr coupling between transmons via a dipole-like element. We discuss and numerically analyze the forward motion and execution of the computation and its dependence on coupling strengths and their variability. We extend  by explicitly showing how to construct a direct Toffoli gate, thus establishing computational universality via the Hadamard and Toffoli gate or via controlled- Hadamard, Hadamard and CNOT.
30 Nov 2018
We propose to tune the minimal energy level splitting of a superconducting qubit by a microwave induced ac Zeeman shift. We experimentally investigate the usability of this approach
to overcome parameter spread induced by the micro fabrication of superconducting artificial quantum circuits. To do so, we dress the qubit by a strong tone, effectively shifting its energy levels. By a two-tone spectroscopy of this dressed system the shift of the qubit’s energy levels can be probed. A theoretical treatment allowed us to completely explain the observed experimental dependencies and reconstruct the influence of the strong driving to the dissipative dynamics of the qubit.
29 Nov 2018
At it’s core, Quantum Mechanics is a theory developed to describe fundamental observations in the spectroscopy of solids and gases. Despite these practical roots, however, quantum
theory is infamous for being highly counterintuitive, largely due to its intrinsically probabilistic nature. Neural networks have recently emerged as a powerful tool that can extract non-trivial correlations in vast datasets. They routinely outperform state-of-the-art techniques in language translation, medical diagnosis and image recognition. It remains to be seen if neural networks can be trained to predict stochastic quantum evolution without a priori specifying the rules of quantum theory. Here, we demonstrate that a recurrent neural network can be trained in real time to infer the individual quantum trajectories associated with the evolution of a superconducting qubit under unitary evolution, decoherence and continuous measurement from raw observations only. The network extracts the system Hamiltonian, measurement operators and physical parameters. It is also able to perform tomography of an unknown initial state without any prior calibration. This method has potential to greatly simplify and enhance tasks in quantum systems such as noise characterization, parameter estimation, feedback and optimization of quantum control.
27 Nov 2018
Fast magnetic flux control is a crucial ingredient for circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) systems. So far it has been a challenge to implement this technology with the high coherence3D cQED architecture. In this paper we control the magnetic field inside a superconducting waveguide cavity using a magnetic hose, which allows fast flux control of 3D transmon qubits on time scales < 100 ns. The hose is designed as an effective microwave filter to not compromise the energy relaxation time of the qubit. The magnetic hose is a promising tool for fast magnetic flux control in various platforms intended for quantum information processing and quantum optics. [/expand]
25 Nov 2018
We consider a model for an oscillatory, relativistic accelerating photodetector inside a cavity and show that the entangled photon pair production from the vacuum (Unruh effect) can
be accurately described in the steady state by a non-degenerate parametric amplifier (NDPA), with the detector’s accelerating center of mass serving as the parametric drive (pump). We propose an Unruh effect analogue NDPA microwave superconducting circuit scheme, where the breathing mode of the coupling capacitance between the cavity and detector provides the mechanical pump. For realizable circuit parameters, the resulting photon production from the vacuum should be detectable.
23 Nov 2018
Artificial atoms coupled to surface acoustic waves (SAWs) have played a crucial role in the recent development of circuit quantum acoustodynamics (cQAD). In this paper, we have investigated
the interaction of an artificial atom and SAWs beyond the weak coupling regime, focusing on the role of the interdigital transducer (IDT) that enables the coupling. We find a parameter regime in which the IDT acts as a cavity for the atom, rather than an antenna. In other words, the atom forms its own cavity. Similar to an atom coupled to an explicit cavity, this regime is characterized by vacuum-Rabi splitting, as the atom hybridizes with the phononic vacuum inside the IDT. This hybridization is possible because of the interdigitated coupling, which has a large spatial extension, and the slow propagation speed of SAWs. We work out a criterion for entering this regime from a model based on standard circuit-quantization techniques, taking only material parameters as inputs. Most notably, we find this regime hard to avoid for an atom on top of a strong piezoelectric material, such as LiNbO3. The SAW-coupled atom on top of LiNbO3 can thus be regarded as an atom-cavity-bath system. On weaker piezoelectric materials, the number of IDT electrodes need to be large in order to reach this regime.