A low-noise on-chip coherent microwave source

Chengyu Yan (Corresponding Author), Juha Hassel, Visa Vesterinen, Jinli Zhang, Joni Ikonen, Leif Grönberg, Jan Goetz, Mikko Möttönen

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The scaling up of quantum computers operating in the microwave domain requires advanced control electronics, and the use of integrated components that operate at the temperature of the quantum devices is potentially beneficial. However, such an approach requires ultralow power dissipation and high signal quality to ensure quantum-coherent operations. Here we report an on-chip device that is based on a Josephson junction coupled to a spiral resonator and is capable of coherent continuous-wave microwave emission. We show that the characteristics of the device accurately follow a theory based on the perturbative treatment of a capacitively shunted Josephson junction as the gain element. The infidelity of typical quantum gate operations due to phase noise of this cryogenic 25 pW microwave source is less than 0.1% up to 10 ms evolution time, which is below the infidelity caused by dephasing in state-of-the-art superconducting qubits. Together with future cryogenic amplitude and phase modulation techniques, our approach may lead to scalable cryogenic control systems for quantum processors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-892
JournalNature Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We have received funding from the Centre for Quantum Engineering at Aalto under grant no. JVSG; European Research Council under grant no. 681311 (QUESS) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant no. 795159; and Academy of Finland through its Centres of Excellence Programme (project nos. 336810, 312300, 312059 and 312295 and grant nos. 314447, 314449, 316551 and 335460).


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