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R. G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminar
Microwave response and photon emission of a voltage baised Josephson junction
Date: Friday, March 11th
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Salha Jebari, CEA Grenoble
Abstract: The readout of superconducting qubits and other quantum devices operating at microwave frequencies requires amplifiers combining noise close to the quantum limit[1 ], high gain, large bandwidth, and sufficient dynamic range[2 ]. Josephson parametric amplifiers using Josephson junctions in the 0-voltage state, driven by a large microwave signals, begin to perform sufficiently well in all 4 of these aspects to be of practical use, but remain difficult to optimize and use. Recent experiments with superconducting circuits consisting of a DC voltage-biased Josephson junction in series with a resonator, showed that a tunneling Cooper pair can emit one or several photons with a total energy of 2e times the applied voltage[3 ]. We present microwave reflection measurements on this device in [3], indicating that amplification is possible with a simple DC voltage-biased Josephson junction.<br>
We compare these measurements with the noise power emitted by the junction and show that, for low Josephson energy, transmission and noise emission can be explained within the framework of P(E) theory of inelastic Cooper pair tunneling. Combined with a theoretical model, our results indicate that voltage-biased Josephson junctions might be useful for amplification near the quantum limit, offering simpler design and a different trade-off between gain, bandwidth and dynamic range, which could be advantageous in some situations.
Host: Robert McDermott
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