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Quantum harmonic oscillator spectrum analyzers

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Author(s)

Jonas Keller, Panyu Hou, Katherine C. McCormick, Daniel Cole, Stephen Erickson, Jenny Wu, Andrew C. Wilson, Dietrich Leibfried

Abstract

Characterization and suppression of noise are essential for the control of harmonic oscillators in the quantum regime. We measure the noise spectrum of a quantum harmonic oscillator from low frequency to near the oscillator resonance by sensing its response to amplitude modulated periodic drives with a qubit. Using the motion of a trapped ion, we experimentally demonstrate two different implementations with combined sensitivity to noise from 500 Hz to 600 kHz. We apply our method to measure the intrinsic noise spectrum of an ion trap potential in a previously unaccessed frequency range.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
126

Keywords

Quantum harmonic oscillator, Spectrum analyzer

Citation

Keller, J. , Hou, P. , McCormick, K. , Cole, D. , Erickson, S. , Wu, J. , Wilson, A. and Leibfried, D. (2021), Quantum harmonic oscillator spectrum analyzers, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.250507 (Accessed June 20, 2024)

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Created June 25, 2021, Updated January 13, 2024