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Dispersive photon blockade in a superconducting circuit

Author(s): Hoffman, AJ; Srinivasan, SJ; Schmidt, S; Spietz, L; Aumentado, J; et al

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Abstract: Mediated photon-photon interactions are realized in a superconducting coplanar waveguide cavity coupled to a superconducting charge qubit. These nonresonant interactions blockade the transmission of photons through the cavity. This so-called dispersive photon blockade is characterized by measuring the total transmitted power while varying the energy spectrum of the photons incident on the cavity. A staircase with four distinct steps is observed and can be understood in an analogy with electron transport and the Coulomb blockade in quantum dots. This work differs from previous efforts in that the cavity-qubit excitations retain a photonic nature rather than a hybridization of qubit and photon and provides the needed tolerance to disorder for future condensed matter experiments.
Publication Date: 2011
Citation: Hoffman, AJ, Srinivasan, SJ, Schmidt, S, Spietz, L, Aumentado, J, Türeci, HE, Houck, AA. (2011). Dispersive photon blockade in a superconducting circuit. Physical Review Letters, 107 (10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.053602
DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.053602
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Physical Review Letters
Version: Author's manuscript

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