Nanomechanical measurements of a superconducting qubit

M. D. Lahaye, J. Suh, P. M. Echternach, K. C. Schwab, M. L. Roukes

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Abstract

The observation of the quantum states of motion of a macroscopic mechanical structure remains an open challenge in quantum-state preparation and measurement. One approach that has received extensive theoretical attention is the integration of superconducting qubits as control and detection elements in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Here we report measurements of a NEMS resonator coupled to a superconducting qubit, a Cooper-pair box. We demonstrate that the coupling results in a dispersive shift of the nanomechanical frequency that is the mechanical analogue of the single-atom index effect experienced by electromagnetic resonators in cavity quantum electrodynamics. The large magnitude of the dispersive interaction allows us to perform NEMS-based spectroscopy of the superconducting qubit, and enables observation of Landau-Zener interference effectsa demonstration of nanomechanical read-out of quantum interference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-965
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume459
Issue number7249
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2009

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    Lahaye, M. D., Suh, J., Echternach, P. M., Schwab, K. C., & Roukes, M. L. (2009). Nanomechanical measurements of a superconducting qubit. Nature, 459(7249), 960-965. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature08093