Physical Review Letters

Entanglement of two superconducting qubits in a waveguide cavity via monochromatic two-photon excitation

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We report a system where fixed interactions between noncomputational levels make bright the otherwise forbidden two-photon |00⟩→ |11⟩ transition. The system is formed by hand selection and assembly of two discrete component transmon-style superconducting qubits inside a rectangular microwave cavity. The application of a monochromatic drive tuned to this transition induces two-photon Rabi-like oscillations between the ground and doubly excited states via the Bell basis. The system therefore allows all-microwave two-qubit universal control with the same techniques and hardware required for single qubit control. We report Ramsey-like and spin echo sequences with the generated Bell states, and measure a two-qubit gate fidelity of F g=90% (unconstrained) and 86% (maximum likelihood estimator). © 2012 American Physical Society.