Protecting superconducting qubits from external sources of loss and heat (published as: Protecting Superconducting Qubits from Radiation)

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We characterize a superconducting qubit before and after embedding it along with its package in an absorptive medium. We observe a drastic improvement in the effective qubit temperature and over a tenfold improvement in the relaxation time up to 5.7 s. Our results suggest the presence of external radiation inside the cryogenic apparatus can be a limiting factor for both qubit initialization and coherence. We infer from simple calculations that relaxation is not limited by thermal photons in the sample prior to embedding, but by dissipation arising from non-equilibrium quasiparticle generation.

By: Antonio D. Córcoles, Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta, Chad Rigetti, J. R. Rozen, George A. Keefe, Mary Beth Rothwell, Mark B. Ketchen, M. Steffen

Published in: Applied Physics Letters, volume 99, (no 18), pages 181906 (DOI: 10.1063/1.3658630) in 2011


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