Journal of Physics Condensed Matter

Quantum information storage using tunable flux qubits

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We present details and results for a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) design in which a tunable flux qubit is coupled strongly to a transmission line. Quantum information storage in the transmission line is demonstrated with a dephasing time of T2∼2.5νs. However, energy lifetimes of the qubit are found to be short (∼10ns) and not consistent with predictions. Several design and material changes do not affect qubit coherence times. In order to determine the cause of these short coherence times, we fabricated standard flux qubits based on a design which was previously successfully used by others. Initial results show significantly improved coherence times, possibly implicating losses associated with the large size of our qubit. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.