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Title: Tunable Coupling and Its Applications in Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics
Authors: Zhang, Gengyan
Advisors: Houck, Andrew A
Contributors: Electrical Engineering Department
Subjects: Electrical engineering
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) uses superconducting circuit elements as its building blocks for controllable quantum systems and has become a promising experimental platform for quantum computation and quantum simulation. The ability to tune the coupling rate between circuit elements extends the controllability and flexibility of cQED devices and can be utilized to improve device performance. This thesis presents the study, implementation and application of tunable coupling devices in cQED. The tunability originates from the basic principles of quantum superposition and interference, and unwanted interactions can be suppressed by destructive interference. Following this principle, we design and conduct two experiments that demonstrate the utility of tunable coupling for better device performances in quantum information processing. The first experiment aims to improve the coherence of qubits against noise. We implement a qubit whose frequency and dispersive coupling to a readout resonator can be tuned independently. When the coupling rate is tuned to near zero, the qubit becomes immune to photon number fluctuations in the resonator and exhibits robust coherence time in the presence of noise. The second experiment extends to a multi-qubit system where crosstalk between qubits causes error in quantum gates. We develop a two-qubit device and suppress crosstalk by tuning the ZZ coupling rate between the qubits. The tunable dispersive coupling can also be parametrically modulated to implement a two-qubit entangling gate in the low crosstalk regime. Those devices provide flexible and promising building blocks for cQED systems.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Electrical Engineering

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