Low-disorder microwave cavity lattices for quantum simulation with photons

D. L. Underwood, W. E. Shanks, Jens Koch, A. A. Houck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

166 Scopus citations


We assess experimentally the suitability of coupled-transmission-line resonators for studies of quantum phase transitions of light. We have measured devices with low photon hopping rates t/2π=0.8 MHz to quantify disorder in individual cavity frequencies. The observed disorder is consistent with small imperfections in fabrication. We studied the dependence of the disorder on transmission-line geometry and used our results to fabricate devices with disorder less than two parts in 104. The normal-mode spectrum of devices with a high photon hopping rate t/2π=31 MHz shows little effect of disorder, rendering resonator arrays a good backbone for the study of condensed-matter physics with photons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023837
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 20 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


Dive into the research topics of 'Low-disorder microwave cavity lattices for quantum simulation with photons'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this