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Performance of a Kinetic-Inductance Traveling-Wave Parametric Amplifier at 4 Kelvin: Toward an Alternative to Semiconductor Amplifiers

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Author(s)

Maxime Malnou, Joe Aumentado, Michael Vissers, Jordan Wheeler, Johannes Hubmayr, Joel Ullom, Jiansong Gao

Abstract

Most microwave readout architectures in quantum computing or sensing rely on a semiconductor amplifier at 4\,K, typically a high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT). Despite its remarkable noise performance, a conventional HEMT dissipates several milliwatts of power, posing a practical challenge to scale up the number of qubits or sensors addressed in these architectures. As an alternative, we present an amplification chain consisting of a kinetic-inductance traveling-wave parametric amplifier (KI-TWPA) placed at 4\,K, followed by a HEMT placed at 70\,K. With this chain, we demonstrate a system-added noise, $T_\Sigma = 6.3\pm0.5$\,K between 3.5 and 5.5\,GHz. While, in principle, any parametric amplifier can be quantum limited even at 4\,K, in practice we find the KI-TWPA's performance limited by the temperature of its inputs, and by an excess of noise $T_\mathrmex} = 1.9$\,K. The dissipation of the KI-TWPA's rf pump constitutes the main power load at 4\,K and is about one percent that of a HEMT. These combined noise and power dissipation values pave the way for the KI-TWPA's use as a replacement for semiconductor amplifiers.
Citation
Physical Review Applied

Keywords

parametric amplifier, noise, kinetic inductance

Citation

Malnou, M. , Aumentado, J. , Vissers, M. , Wheeler, J. , Hubmayr, J. , Ullom, J. and Gao, J. (2022), Performance of a Kinetic-Inductance Traveling-Wave Parametric Amplifier at 4 Kelvin: Toward an Alternative to Semiconductor Amplifiers, Physical Review Applied, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=933487 (Accessed May 27, 2024)

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Created April 5, 2022, Updated May 26, 2023