Coherence properties of the 0-π qubit

Peter Groszkowski, A. Di Paolo, A. L. Grimsmo, A. Blais, D. I. Schuster, A. A. Houck, Jens Koch

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Superconducting circuits rank among some of the most interesting architectures for the implementation of quantum information processing devices. The recently proposed 0-π qubit (Brooks et al 2013 Phys. Rev. A 87 52306) promises increased protection from spontaneous relaxation and dephasing. In this paper we present a detailed theoretical study of the coherence properties of the 0-π device, investigate relevant decoherence channels, and show estimates for achievable coherence times in multiple parameter regimes. In our analysis, we include disorder in circuit parameters, which results in the coupling of the qubit to a low-energy, spurious harmonic mode. We analyze the effects of such coupling on decoherence, in particular dephasing due to photon shot noise, and outline how such a noise channel can be mitigated by appropriate parameter choices. In the end we find that the 0-π qubit performs well and may become an attractive candidate for the implementation of the next-generation superconducting devices for uses in quantum computing and information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043053
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Decoherence
  • Quantum computing
  • Superconducting circuits


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