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30 Okt 2018
Multimode optomechanical systems are an emerging platform for studying fundamental aspects of matter near the quantum ground state and are useful in sensitive sensing and measurement
applications. We study optomechanical cooling in a system where two nearly degenerate mechanical oscillators are coupled to a single microwave cavity. Due to an optically mediated coupling the two oscillators hybridize into a bright mode with strong optomechanical cooling rate and a dark mode nearly decoupled from the system. We find that at high coupling, sideband cooling of the dark mode is strongly suppressed. Our results are relevant to novel optomechanical systems where multiple closely-spaced modes are intrinsically present.
We propose a gate optimization method, which we call variational quantum gate optimization (VQGO). VQGO is a method to construct a target multi-qubit gate by optimizing a parametrized
quantum circuit which consists of tunable single-qubit gates with high fidelities and fixed multi-qubit gates with limited controlabilities. As an example, we apply the proposed scheme to the models relevant to superconducting qubit systems. We show in numerical simulations that the high-fidelity CNOT gate can be constructed with VQGO using cross-resonance gates with finite crosstalk. We also demonstrate that fast and a high-fidelity four-qubit syndrome extraction can be implemented with simultaneous cross-resonance drives even in the presence of non-commutative crosstalk. VQGO gives a pathway for designing efficient gate operations for quantum computers.
26 Okt 2018
We present a circuit theoretic technique for computing the complex frequencies and eigenmodes of superconducting circuits with radiative loss. We show that the transmon loss rates obtained
by our method agree with the established approximation C/Re[Y] away from resonance and do not diverge near resonance. Additionally, we demonstrate that a system of two resonators coupled to a common Purcell filter exhibits a pattern of hybridization that cannot be explained by a hierarchy of couplings and detunings. This is due to the significant influence of radiative loss on the mode couplings. As a result, it is necessary to include radiative boundary conditions even in simulations of coherent dynamics. Our simulation technique is useful for designing complex circuit quantum electrodynamic systems.
25 Okt 2018
We report superconducting fluxonium qubits with coherence times largely limited by energy relaxation and reproducibly satisfying T2 > 100 microseconds (T2 > 300 microseconds in one
device). Moreover, given the state of the art values of the surface loss tangent and the 1/f flux noise amplitude, coherence can be further improved beyond 1 millisecond. Our results violate a common viewpoint that the number of Josephson junctions in a superconducting circuit — over 100 here — must be minimized for best qubit coherence. We outline how the unique to fluxonium combination of long coherence time and large anharmonicity can benefit both gate-based and adiabatic quantum computing.
23 Okt 2018
The ability to entangle quantum systems is crucial for many applications in quantum technology, including quantum communication and quantum computing. Here, we propose a new, simple,
and versatile setup for deterministically creating Bell and Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) states between photons of different frequencies in a two-step protocol. The setup consists of a quantum bit (qubit) coupled ultrastrongly to three photonic resonator modes. The only operations needed in our protocol are to put the qubit in a superposition state, and then tune its frequency in and out of resonance with sums of the resonator-mode frequencies. By choosing which frequency we tune the qubit to, we select which entangled state we create. We show that our protocol can be implemented with high fidelity using feasible experimental parameters in state-of-the-art circuit quantum electrodynamics. One possible application of our setup is as a node distributing entanglement in a quantum network.
Superconducting circuits extensively rely on the Josephson junction as a nonlinear electronic element for manipulating quantum information and mediating photon interactions. Despite
continuing efforts in designing anharmonic Josephson circuits with improved coherence times, the best photon lifetimes have been demonstrated in microwave cavities. Nevertheless, architectures based on quantum memories need a qubit element for addressing these harmonic modules at the cost of introducing additional loss channels and limiting process fidelities. This work focuses on tailoring the oscillator Hilbert space to enable a direct Rabi drive on individual energy levels. For this purpose we implement a flux-tunable inductive coupling between two linear resonators using a superconducting quantum interference device. We dynamically activate a three-wave mixing process through parametric flux modulation in order to selectively address the lowest eigenstates as an isolated two-level system. Measuring the Wigner function confirms we can prepare arbitrary states confined in the single photon manifold, with measured coherence times limited by the oscillator intrinsic quality factor. This architectural shift in engineering oscillators with stimulated nonlinearity can be exploited for designing long-lived quantum modules and offers flexibility in studying non-equilibrium physics with photons in a field-programmable simulator.
19 Okt 2018
Non-reciprocal devices effectively mimic the breaking of time-reversal symmetry for the subspace of dynamical variables that it couples, and they can be used to create chiral information
processing networks. We study how to systematically include ideal gyrators and circulators into Lagrangian and Hamiltonian descriptions of lumped-element electrical networks. The proposed theory is of wide applicability in general non-reciprocal networks on the quantum regime. We apply it to useful and pedagogical examples of circuits containing Josephson junctions and non-reciprocal ideal elements described by admittance matrices, and compare it with the more involved treatment of circuits based on non-reciprocal devices characterized by impedance and/or scattering matrices. Finally, we discuss the dual quantization of circuits containing phase-slip junctions and non-reciprocal devices.
18 Okt 2018
We have embedded two fixed-frequency Al/AlOx/Al transmons, with ground-to-excited transition frequencies at 6.0714 GHz and 6.7543 GHz, in a single 3D Al cavity with a fundamental mode
at 7.7463 GHz. Strong coupling between the cavity and each transmon results in an effective qubit-qubit coupling strength of 26 MHz and a -1 MHz dispersive shift in each qubit’s transition frequency, depending on the state of the other qubit. Using the all-microwave SWIPHT (Speeding up Waveforms by Inducing Phases to Harmful Transitions) technique, we demonstrate the operation of a generalized controlled-not (CNOT) gate between the two qubits, with a gate time τ_g=907 ns optimized for this device. Using quantum process tomography we find that the gate fidelity is 83%-84%, somewhat less than the 87% fidelity expected from relaxation and dephasing in the transmons during the gate time.
In this letter, it is proposed that cryogenic quantum bits can operate based on the nonlinearity due to the quantum capacitance of two-dimensional Dirac materials, and in particular
graphene. The anharmonicity of a typical superconducting quantum bit is calculated, and the sensitivity of quantum bit frequency and anharmonicity with respect to temperature are found. Reasonable estimates reveal that a careful fabrication process can reveal expected properties, putting the context of quantum computing hardware into new perspectives.
16 Okt 2018
Nonreciprocal microwave devices play several critical roles in high-fidelity, quantum-nondemolition (QND) measurement schemes. They separate input from output, impose unidirectional
routing of readout signals, and protect the quantum systems from unwanted noise originated by the output chain. However, state-of-the-art, cryogenic circulators and isolators are disadvantageous in scalable superconducting quantum processors because they use magnetic materials and strong magnetic fields. Here, we realize an active isolator formed by coupling two nondegenerate Josephson mixers in an interferometric scheme. Nonreciprocity is generated by applying a phase gradient between the same-frequency pumps feeding the Josephson mixers, which play the role of the magnetic field in a Faraday medium. To demonstrate the applicability of this Josephson-based isolator for quantum measurements, we incorporate it into the output line of a superconducting qubit, coupled to a fast resonator and a Purcell filter. We also utilize a wideband, superconducting directional coupler for coupling the readout signals into and out of the qubit-resonator system and a quantum-limited Josephson amplifier for boosting the readout fidelity. By using this novel quantum setup, we demonstrate fast, high-fidelity, QND measurements of the qubit while providing more than 20 dB of protection against amplified noise reflected off the Josephson amplifier.