Parity-engineered light-matter interaction

  1. Jan Goetz,
  2. Frank Deppe,
  3. Kirill G. Fedorov,
  4. Peter Eder,
  5. Michael Fischer,
  6. Stefan Pogorzalek,
  7. Edwar Xie,
  8. Achim Marx,
  9. and Rudolf Gross
The concept of parity describes the inversion symmetry of a system and is of fundamental relevance in the standard model, quantum information processing, and field theory. In quantum
electrodynamics, parity is conserved and selection rules (SRs) appear when matter is probed with electromagnetic radiation. However, typically large field gradients are required to engineer the parity of the light-matter interaction operator for natural atoms. In this work, we instead irradiate a specifically designed superconducting artificial atom with spatially shaped microwave fields to select the interaction parity in situ. In this way, we observe dipole and quadrupole SRs for single state transitions and induce transparency via longitudinal coupling. Furthermore, we engineer an artificial potassium-like atom with adjustable wave function parity originating from an artificial orbital momentum provided by a resonator. Our work advances light-matter interaction to a new level with promising application perspectives in simulations of chemical compounds, quantum state engineering, and relativistic physics.

Flux-driven Josephson parametric amplifiers: Hysteretic flux response and nondegenerate gain measurements

  1. Stefan Pogorzalek,
  2. Kirill G. Fedorov,
  3. Ling Zhong,
  4. Jan Goetz,
  5. Friedrich Wulschner,
  6. Michael Fischer,
  7. Peter Eder,
  8. Edwar Xie,
  9. Kunihiro Inomata,
  10. Tsuyoshi Yamamoto,
  11. Yasunobu Nakamura,
  12. Achim Marx,
  13. Frank Deppe,
  14. and Rudolf Gross
Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPA) have become key devices in quantum science and technology with superconducting circuits. In particular, they can be utilized as quantum-limited
amplifiers or as a source of squeezed microwave fields. Here, we report on the detailed measurements of five flux-driven JPAs, three of them exhibiting a hysteretic dependence of the resonant frequency versus the applied magnetic flux. We model the measured characteristics by numerical simulations based on the two-dimensional potential landscape of the dc superconducting quantum interference devices (dc-SQUID), which provide the JPA nonlinearity, for a finite screening parameter βL>0 and demonstrate excellent agreement between the numerical results and the experimental data. Furthermore, we study the nondegenerate response of different JPAs and accurately describe the experimental results with our theory.

Loss mechanisms in superconducting thin film microwave resonators

  1. Jan Goetz,
  2. Frank Deppe,
  3. Max Haeberlein,
  4. Friedrich Wulschner,
  5. Christoph W. Zollitsch,
  6. Sebastian Meier,
  7. Michael Fischer,
  8. Peter Eder,
  9. Edwar Xie,
  10. Kirill G. Fedorov,
  11. Edwin P. Menzel,
  12. Achim Marx,
  13. and Rudolf Gross
We present a systematic analysis of the internal losses of superconducting coplanar waveguide microwave resonators based on niobium thin films on silicon substrates. At millikelvin
temperatures and low power, we find that the characteristic saturation power of two-level state (TLS) losses shows a pronounced temperature dependence. Furthermore, TLS losses can also be introduced by Nb/Al interfaces in the center conductor, when the interfaces are not positioned at current nodes of the resonator. In addition, we confirm that TLS losses can be reduced by proper surface treatment. For resonators including Al, quasiparticle losses become relevant above \SI{200}{\milli\kelvin}. Finally, we investigate how losses generated by eddy currents in the conductive material on the backside of the substrate can be minimized by using thick enough substrates or metals with high conductivity on the substrate backside.

Spin-boson model with an engineered reservoir in circuit quantum electrodynamics

  1. Max Haeberlein,
  2. Frank Deppe,
  3. Andreas Kurcz,
  4. Jan Goetz,
  5. Alexander Baust,
  6. Peter Eder,
  7. Kirill Fedorov,
  8. Michael Fischer,
  9. Edwin P. Menzel,
  10. Manuel J. Schwarz,
  11. Friedrich Wulschner,
  12. Edwar Xie,
  13. Ling Zhong,
  14. Enrique Solano,
  15. Achim Marx,
  16. Juan José García-Ripoll,
  17. and Rudolf Gross
A superconducting qubit coupled to an open transmission line represents an implementation of the spin-boson model with a broadband environment. We show that this environment can be
engineered by introducing partial reflectors into the transmission line, allowing to shape the spectral function, J({\omega}), of the spin-boson model. The spectral function can be accessed by measuring the resonance fluorescence of the qubit, which provides information on both the engineered environment and the coupling between qubit and transmission line. The spectral function of a transmission line without partial reflectors is found to be Ohmic over a wide frequency range, whereas a peaked spectral density is found for the shaped environment. Our work lays the ground for future quantum simulations of other, more involved, impurity models with superconducting circuits.

Control of microwave signals using circuit nano-electromechanics

  1. Xiaoqing Zhou,
  2. Fredrik Hocke,
  3. Albert Schliesser,
  4. Achim Marx,
  5. Hans Huebl,
  6. Rudolf Gross,
  7. and Tobias J. Kippenberg
and circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) [2]. Coupled to artificial atoms in the form of superconducting"]qubits [3, 4], they now provide a technologically promising and scalable platform for quantum information processing tasks [2, 5-8]. Coupling these circuits, in situ, to other quantum systems, such as molecules [9, 10], spin ensembles [11, 12], quantum dots [13] or mechanical oscillators [14, 15] has been explored to realize hybrid systems with extended functionality. Here, we couple a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator to a nano-coshmechanical oscillator, and demonstrate all-microwave field controlled slowing, advancing and switching of microwave signals. This is enabled by utilizing electromechanically induced transparency [16-18], an effect analogous to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in atomic physics [19]. The exquisite temporal control gained over this phenomenon provides a route towards realizing advanced protocols for storage of both classical and quantum microwave signals [20-22], extending the toolbox of control techniques of the microwave field.

Networks of nonlinear superconducting transmission line resonators

  1. Martin Leib,
  2. Frank Deppe,
  3. Achim Marx,
  4. Rudolf Gross,
  5. and Michael Hartmann
We investigate a network of coupled superconducting transmission line resonators, each of them made nonlinear with a capacitively shunted Josephson junction coupling to the odd flux
modes of the resonator. The resulting eigenmode spectrum shows anticrossings between the plasma mode of the shunted junction and the odd resonator modes. Notably, we find that the combined device can inherit the complete nonlinearity of the junction, allowing for a description as a harmonic oscillator with a Kerr nonlinearity. Using a dc SQUID instead of a single junction, the nonlinearity can be tuned between 10 kHz and 4 MHz while maintaining resonance frequencies of a few gigahertz for realistic device parameters. An array of such nonlinear resonators can be considered a scalable superconducting quantum simulator for a Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian. The device would be capable of accessing the strongly correlated regime and be particularly well suited for investigating quantum many-body dynamics of interacting particles under the influence of drive and dissipation.