Accurate Methods for the Analysis of Strong-Drive Effects in Parametric Gates

Alexandru Petrescu, Camille Le Calonnec, Catherine Leroux, Agustin Di Paolo, Pranav Mundada, Sara Sussman, Andrei Vrajitoarea, Andrew A. Houck, Alexandre Blais

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The ability to perform fast, high-fidelity entangling gates is a requirement for a viable quantum processor. In practice, achieving fast gates often comes with the penalty of strong-drive effects that are not captured by the rotating-wave approximation. These effects can be analyzed in simulations of the gate protocol, but those are computationally costly and often hide the physics at play. Here, we show how to efficiently extract gate parameters by directly solving a Floquet eigenproblem using exact numerics and a perturbative analytical approach. As an example application of this toolkit, we study the space of parametric gates generated between two fixed-frequency transmon qubits connected by a parametrically driven coupler. Our analytical treatment, based on time-dependent Schrieffer-Wolff perturbation theory, yields closed-form expressions for gate frequencies and spurious interactions, and is valid for strong drives. From these calculations, we identify optimal regimes of operation for different types of gates including iswap, controlled-Z, and cnot. These analytical results are supplemented by numerical Floquet computations from which we directly extract drive-dependent gate parameters. This approach has a considerable computational advantage over full simulations of time evolutions. More generally, our combined analytical and numerical strategy allows us to characterize two-qubit gates involving parametrically driven interactions, and can be applied to gate optimization and cross-talk mitigation such as the cancelation of unwanted ZZ interactions in multiqubit architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044003
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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