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Fast coherent manipulation of three-electron states in a double quantum dot

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  • Zhan Shi
  • C. B. Simmons
  • Daniel R. Ward
  • Jonathan Prance
  • Xian Wu
  • Teck Seng Koh
  • John King Gamble
  • D. E. Savage
  • M. G. Lagally
  • Mark Friesen
  • S. N. Coppersmith
  • M. A. Eriksson
Article number3020
Journal publication date6/01/2014
JournalNature Communications
Original languageEnglish


An important goal in the manipulation of quantum systems is the achievement of many coherent oscillations within the characteristic dephasing time T2*. Most manipulations of electron spins in quantum dots have focused on the construction and control of two-state quantum systems, or qubits, in which each quantum dot is occupied by a single electron. Here we perform quantum manipulations on a system with three electrons per double quantum dot. We demonstrate that tailored pulse sequences can be used to induce coherent rotations between three-electron quantum states. Certain pulse sequences yield coherent oscillations fast enough that more than 100 oscillations are visible within a T2* time. The minimum oscillation frequency we observe is faster than 5 GHz. The presence of the third electron enables very fast rotations to all possible states, in contrast to the case when only two electrons are used, in which some rotations are slow.