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
08 Aug 2018
We theoretically propose a circuit QED system implemented with triple-leg stripline resonator (TSR). Unlikely from linear stripline resonator, the fundamental intra-cavity microwave
modes of the TSR are two-fold degenerate. When a superconducting qubit is placed near one of the TSR legs, one fundamental mode is directly coupled to the qubit, while the other one remains uncoupled. Our system closely resembles an optical cavity QED system, where an atom in a cavity couples only to the incident photon with a specific polarization by placing a polarization beamsplitter in front of the optical cavity. Using our circuit QED system, we have theoretically studied a two-qubit quantum gate operation in a hybrid qubit composed of flying microwave qubit and superconducting qubit. We have demonstrated that for the hybrid qubit, the quantum controlled phase flip (CPF) gate can be reliably implemented for the experimentally available set of parameters.
07 Aug 2018
Bridging the gap between quantum software and hardware, recent research proposed a quantum control microarchitecture QuMA which implements the quantum microinstruction set QuMIS. However,
QuMIS does not offer feedback control, and is tightly bound to the hardware implementation. Also, as the number of qubits grows, QuMA cannot fetch and execute instructions fast enough to apply all operations on qubits on time. Known as the quantum operation issue rate problem, this limitation is aggravated by the low information density of QuMIS instructions. In this paper, we propose an executable quantum instruction set architecture (QISA), called eQASM, that can be translated from the quantum assembly language (QASM), supports feedback, and is executed on a quantum control microarchitecture. eQASM alleviates the quantum operation issue rate problem by efficient timing specification, single-operation-multiple-qubit execution, and a very-long-instruction-word architecture. The definition of eQASM focuses on the assembly level to be expressive. Quantum operations are configured at compile time instead of being defined at QISA design time. We instantiate eQASM into a 32-bit instruction set targeting a seven-qubit superconducting quantum processor. We validate our design by performing several experiments on a two-qubit quantum processor.
03 Aug 2018
Multiphoton up/down conversion in a transmon circuit, driven by a pair of microwaves tuned near and far off the qubit resonance, has been observed. The experimental realization of these
high order non-linear processes is accomplished in the three-photon regime, when the transmon is coupled to weak bichromatic microwave fields with the same Rabi frequencies. A many-mode Floquet formalism, with longitudinal coupling, is used to simulate the quantum interferences in the absorption spectrum that manifest the multiphoton pumping processes in the transmon qubit. An intuitive graph theoretic approach is used to introduce to provide effective Hamiltonians that elucidate main features of the Floquet results. The analytical solutions also illustrate how controllability is achievable for desired single- or multiphoton pumping processes in a wide frequency range.
02 Aug 2018
We have fabricated and investigated a stacked two-chip device, consisting of a lumped element resonator on one chip, which is side-coupled to a coplanar waveguide transmission line
on a second chip. We present a full model to predict the behavior of the device dependent on the position of the lumped element resonator with respect to the transmission line. We identify different regimes, in which the device can be operated. One of them can be used to tune the coupling between the two subsystems. Another regime enables frequency tunability of the device, without leaving the over-coupled limit for internal quality factors of about 10^4, while in the last regime the resonator properties are insensitive against small variations of the position. Finally, we have measured the transmission characteristics of the resonator for different positions, demonstrating a good agreement with the model.
01 Aug 2018
The physical implementation of holonomic quantum computation is challenging due to the needed complex controllable interactions on multilevel quantum systems. Here we propose to implement
the nonadiabatic holonomic quantum computation with the conventional capacitive coupled superconducting transmon qubits, where a universal set of quantum gates is constructed with the help of the interaction to an auxiliary qubit rather than consulting to delicate control over an auxiliary level of multilevel quantum systems. Explicitly, these quantum gates are realized by tunable interactions in an all-resonant way, which leads to high-fidelity gate operations. In this way, the distinct merit of our scheme is that we only use the two lowest levels of a transmon to form the qubit states. In addition, the auxiliary qubits are in their ground states before and after every gate operation. Therefore, our scheme paves a promising way towards the practical realization of high-fidelity nonadiabatic holonomic quantum computation.
25 Jul 2018
We consider adiabatic superconducting cells operating as an artificial neuron and synapse of a multilayer perceptron (MLP). Their compact circuits contain just one and two Josephson
junctions, respectively. While the signal is represented as magnetic flux, the proposed cells are inherently nonlinear and close-to-linear magnetic flux transformers. The neuron is capable of providing a one-shot calculation of sigmoid and hyperbolic tangent activation functions most commonly used in MLP. The synapse features by both positive and negative signal transfer coefficients in the range ~ (-0.5,0.5). We briefly discuss implementation issues and further steps toward multilayer adiabatic superconducting artificial neural network which promises to be a compact and the most energy-efficient implementation of MLP.
We demonstrate how heating of an environment can invert the line shape of a driven cavity. We consider a superconducting coplanar cavity coupled to multiple artificial atoms. The measured
cavity transmission is characterized by Fano-type resonances with a shape that is continuously tunable by bias current through nearby (magnetic flux) control lines. In particular, the same dispersive shift of the microwave cavity can be observed as a peak or a dip. We find that this Fano-peak inversion is possible due to a tunable interference between a microwave transmission through a background, with reactive and dissipative properties, and through the cavity, affected by bias-current induced heating. The background transmission occurs due to crosstalk with the multiple control lines. We show how such background can be accounted for by a Jaynes- or Tavis-Cummings model with modified boundary conditions between the cavity and transmission-line microwave fields. A dip emerges when cavity transmission is comparable with background transmission and dissipation. We find generally that resonance positions determine system energy levels, whereas resonance shapes give information on system fluctuations and dissipation.
24 Jul 2018
low-weight operations with an ancilla to extract information about errors without causing backaction on the encoded system. Essentially, ancilla errors must not propagate to the encoded
system and induce errors beyond those which can be corrected. The current schemes for achieving this fault-tolerance to ancilla errors come at the cost of increased overhead requirements. An efficient way to extract error syndromes in a fault-tolerant manner is by using a single ancilla with strongly biased noise channel. Typically, however, required elementary operations can become challenging when the noise is extremely biased. We propose to overcome this shortcoming by using a bosonic-cat ancilla in a parametrically driven nonlinear cavity. Such a cat-qubit experiences only bit-flip noise and is stabilized against phase-flips. To highlight the flexibility of this approach, we illustrate the syndrome extraction process in a variety of codes such as qubit-based toric codes, bosonic cat- and Gottesman-Kitaev-Preskill (GKP) codes. Our results open a path for realizing hardware-efficient, fault-tolerant error syndrome extraction.
23 Jul 2018
Quantum computers must be able to function in the presence of decoherence. The simplest strategy for decoherence reduction is dynamical decoupling (DD), which requires no encoding overhead
and works by converting quantum gates into decoupling pulses. Here, using the IBM and Rigetti platforms, we demonstrate that the DD method is suitable for implementation in today’s relatively noisy and small-scale cloud based quantum computers. Using DD, we achieve substantial fidelity gains relative to unprotected, free evolution of individual superconducting transmon qubits. To a lesser degree, DD is also capable of protecting entangled two-qubit states. We show that dephasing and spontaneous emission errors are dominant in these systems, and that different DD sequences are capable of mitigating both effects. Unlike previous work demonstrating the use of quantum error correcting codes on the same platforms, we make no use of post-selection and hence report unconditional fidelity improvements against natural decoherence.
21 Jul 2018
Quantum bits (qubits) with long coherence times are an important element for the implementation of medium- and large-scale quantum computers. In the case of superconducting planar qubits,
understanding and improving qubits‘ quality can be achieved by studying superconducting planar resonators. In this Paper, we fabricate and characterize coplanar waveguide resonators made from aluminum thin films deposited on silicon substrates. We perform three different substrate treatments prior to aluminum deposition: One chemical treatment based on a hydrofluoric acid clean, one physical treatment consisting of a thermal annealing at 880 degree Celsius in high vacuum, one combined treatment comprising both the chemical and the physical treatments. We first characterize the fabricated samples through cross-sectional tunneling electron microscopy acquiring electron energy loss spectroscopy maps of the samples‘ cross sections. These measurements show that both the chemical and the physical treatments almost entirely remove native silicon oxide from the substrate surface and that their combination results in the cleanest interface. We then study the quality of the resonators by means of microwave measurements in the „quantum regime“, i.e., at a temperature T~10 mK and at a mean microwave photon number ⟨n ph⟩∼1. In this regime, we find that both surface treatments independently improve the resonator’s intrinsic quality factor and that the highest quality factor is obtained for the combined treatment, Qi∼0.8 million. Finally, we find that the TLS quality factor averaged over a time period of 3 h is ∼3 million at ⟨n ph⟩∼10, indicating that substrate surface engineering can potentially reduce the TLS loss below other losses such as quasiparticle and vortex loss.