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Coherent manipulation of coupled Josephson charge qubits

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  • Yuri Pashkin
  • T. Yamamoto
  • Oleg V. Astafiev
  • Y. Nakamura
  • D. V. Averin
  • T. Tilma
  • F. Nori
  • Jaw-Shen Tsai
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/10/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Issue number2
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1552-1560
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date19/07/05
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We have analyzed and measured the quantum coherent dynamics of a circuit containing two-coupled superconducting charge qubits. Each qubit is based on a Cooper pair box connected to a reservoir electrode through a Josephson junction. Two qubits are coupled electrostatically by a small island overlapping both Cooper pair boxes. Quantum state manipulation of the qubit circuit is done by applying non-adiabatic voltage pulses to the common gate. We read out each qubit by means of probe electrodes connected to Cooper pair boxes through high-Ohmic tunnel junctions. With such a setup, the measured pulse-induced probe currents are proportional to the probability for each qubit to have an extra Cooper pair after the manipulation. As expected from theory and observed experimentally, the measured pulse-induced current in each probe has two frequency components whose position on the frequency axis can be externally controlled. This is a result of the inter-qubit coupling which is also responsible for the avoided level crossing that we observed in the qubits’ spectra. Our simulations show that in the absence of decoherence and with a rectangular pulse shape, the system remains entangled most of the time reaching maximally entangled states at certain instances.