On-chip cavity quantum phonodynamics and acceptor qubits in silicon

September 8th, 2013  |  Published in All, Featured, Highlights, Nanotechnology, Phonitons, Quantum Computing, Research

Commentary on the Physical Review B article: “On-chip cavity quantum phonodynamics with an acceptor qubit in silicon” by R. Ruskov and C. Tahan. (Posted to the arXiv on Aug 8, 2012.)

We describe a chip-based, solid-state analogue of cavity-QED utilizing acoustic phonons instead of photons. We show how long-lived and tunable acceptor impurity states in silicon nanomechanical cavities can play the role of a matter non-linearity for coherent phonons just as, e.g., the Josephson qubit plays in circuit-QED. Both strong coupling (number of Rabi oscillations ~ 100) and strong dispersive coupling (0.1-2 MHz) regimes can be reached in cavities in the 1-20 GHz range, enabling the control of single phonons, phonon-phonon interactions, dispersive phonon readout of the acceptor qubit, and compatibility with other optomechanical components such as phonon-photon translators. We predict explicit experimental signatures of the acceptor-cavity system.

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