Direct Wigner tomography of a superconducting anharmonic oscillator

Yoni Shalibo*, Roy Resh, Ofer Fogel, David Shwa, Radoslaw Bialczak, John M. Martinis, Nadav Katz

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The analysis of wave-packet dynamics may be greatly simplified when viewed in phase space. While harmonic oscillators are often used as a convenient platform to study wave packets, arbitrary state preparation in these systems is more challenging. Here, we demonstrate a direct measurement of the Wigner distribution of complex photon states in an anharmonic oscillator - a superconducting phase circuit, biased in the small anharmonicity regime. We apply our method on nondispersive wave packets to explicitly show phase locking in states prepared by a frequency chirp. This method requires a simple calibration, and is easily applicable in our system out to the fifth level.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number100404
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 5 Mar 2013


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