Multi-frequency control pulses for multi-level superconducting quantum circuits

Research paper by Anne M. Forney, Steven R. Jackson, Frederick W. Strauch

Indexed on: 08 Sep '09Published on: 08 Sep '09Published in: Quantum Physics


Superconducting quantum circuits, such as the superconducting phase qubit, have multiple quantum states that can interfere with ideal qubit operation. The use of multiple frequency control pulses, resonant with the energy differences of the multi-state system, is theoretically explored. An analytical method to design such control pulses is developed, using a generalization of the Floquet method to multiple frequency controls. This method is applicable to optimizing the control of both superconducting qubits and qudits, and is found to be in excellent agreement with time-dependent numerical simulations.