Research News

Tue, 04/03/2018 | Single-Shot Quantum Non-Demolition Detection of Individual Itinerant Microwave Photons

Messages are often transmitted with light, the quantum unit of it being the photon. In the microwave regime used in our superconducting circuits, detecting a single itinerant photon is however challenging, as it possesses up to 5 orders of magnitude less energy than its optical counterpart. In this work, we show how to transfer the information of the flying photon’s passage into an excitation of a stationary artificial atom, a qubit. By reading out the state of the latter, we acquire knowledge about the photon’s presence without destroying it. This ‘non-demolition’ aspect opens up new possibilities of placing the detector in the middle of the photon’s path, and letting it propagate towards another destination.

Article: J. - C. Besse, S. Gasparinetti, M. C. Collodo, T. Walter, P. Kurpiers, M. Pechal, C. Eichler, and A. Wallraff, Phys. Rev. X 8, 021003 (2018)

Fri, 03/02/2018 | Studying light-harvesting models with superconducting circuits

Anton Potočnik together with his colleagues from the Quantum Device Lab and collaborators from the University of Cambridge and Princeton University shows how superconducting quantum circuits can be used to obtain insights into light-harvesting models.

Mon, 10/16/2017 | Correlations and entanglement of microwave photons emitted in a cascade decay

In the '70s, atomic cascades were used as the first sources of polarization-entangled photon pairs, making it possible to test nonlocal aspects of quantum mechanics for the first time. In our experiment, we have provided a new perspective on cascade decay by engineering a setting that is hardly reachable in the realm of atomic physics, namely, one in which a single emitter is coherently excited and decays into individual, well-defined, continuously monitored field modes. Our emitter is an artificial atom with transition frequencies in the microwave domain, stongly coupled to a one-dimensional waveguide. The emitter is prepared in a coherent superposition of the ground and second-excited state; when it decays, the coherence of its state is mapped onto two itinerant photonic modes, which we characterize using nearly-quantum-limited linear amplifiers. The ability to generate entanglement between spatially separated, itinerant radiation fields, as demonstrated in our experiment, is essential to quantum information distribution protocols.

Thu, 03/09/2017 | Strong Coupling Cavity QED with Gate-Defined Double Quantum Dots Enabled by a High Impedance Resonator

The efficient transfer of energy across different quantum systems - an essential ingredient to quantum-information-processing protocols - requires that the coupling between these systems is stronger than the decay rate of either one. Here we report experiments in which we have reached this so-called strong-coupling regime in a hybrid system consisting of a gate-defined double quantum dot and a superconducting resonator. These results underline the potential of circuit-QED experiments with semiconductor nano-structures both for quantum information processing and for fundamental studies of light–matter interactions.

Tue, 11/29/2016 | Gamble for Science

On November 30, 2016 one of the largest quantum physics experiments will take place. The "BIG Bell Test" is a worldwide "citizen science" project, coordinated by the Institute of Photonic Sciences, which intends to carry out a set of simultaneous quantum physics experiments in eleven different labs around the world, including the Quantum Device Lab. To be successful at least 30'000 people are supposed to generate random sequences of "zeros" and "ones" by playing a video game.