Quantum Information Processing

, Volume 8, Issue 2–3, pp 245–259 | Cite as

Interband transitions and interference effects in superconducting qubits

  • Antti Paila
  • Jani Tuorila
  • Mika Sillanpää
  • David Gunnarsson
  • Jayanta Sarkar
  • Yuriy Makhlin
  • Erkki Thuneberg
  • Pertti Hakonen


We investigate phase-sensitive interference effects in a periodically sin(2π f rf t)-driven, artificial two-state system connected to a microwave resonator at f LC ≃ 800 MHz. We observe two kinds of multiphoton transitions in the two-state system, accompanied by: (1) Several quanta from the drive at f rf and (2) one quantum at f rf and several at f LC . The former are described using phase-sensitive Landau–Zener transitions, while the latter are discussed in terms of vibronic transitions in diatomic molecules. Interference effects in the vibronic transitions governed by Franck–Condon coefficients are also considered.


Landau–Zener tunneling Superconducting qubits Multiphoton transitions Franck–Condon physics Aharonov–Anandan phase 


85.25.Cp 73.23.Hk 85.35.Gv 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antti Paila
    • 1
  • Jani Tuorila
    • 2
  • Mika Sillanpää
    • 1
  • David Gunnarsson
    • 1
  • Jayanta Sarkar
    • 1
  • Yuriy Makhlin
    • 3
  • Erkki Thuneberg
    • 2
  • Pertti Hakonen
    • 1
  1. 1.Low Temperature LaboratoryHelsinki University of TechnologyTKKFinland
  2. 2.Department of Physical SciencesUniversity of OuluOuluFinland
  3. 3.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsMoscowRussia

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