Measurement of a superconducting qubit with a microwave photon counter

The superconducting qubit group at WIQI introduced an approach to measurement based on a microwave photon counter demonstrating raw single-shot measurement fidelity of 92% [Science, 361, 1239 (2018)]. This scheme provides access to the classical outcome of projective quantum measurement at the millikelvin stage and could form the basis for a scalable quantum-to-classical interface, see this article for broader perspective on this technology.

Read the full article at: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6408/1239

Effects of charge noise on a pulse-gated singlet-triplet qubit

We study the dynamics of a pulse-gated semiconductor double quantum dot qubit. In our experiments, the qubit coherence times are relatively long, but the visibility of the quantum oscillations is low. We show that these observations are consistent with a theory that incorporates decoherence arising from charge noise that gives rise to detuning fluctuations of the double dot.

 

Read the full article at: https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.06971

Quasiparticle poisoning of superconducting microwave resonators

Nonequilibrium quasiparticles represent a significant source of decoherence in superconducting quantum circuits. Here we investigate the mechanism of quasiparticle poisoning in devices subjected to local quasiparticle injection.

Read the full article at: https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.09351