Paper: Spin-orbit coupling and operation of multi-valley spin qubits

November 5th, 2015  |  Published in News, Papers, Quantum Computing

Spin qubits composed of either one or three electrons are realized in a quantum dot formed at a Si/SiO_2-interface in isotopically enriched silicon. Using pulsed electron spin resonance, we perform coherent control of both types of qubits, addressing them via an electric field dependent g-factor. We perform randomized benchmarking and find that both qubits can be operated with high fidelity. Surprisingly, we find that the g-factors of the one-electron and three-electron qubits have an approximately linear but opposite dependence as a function of the applied dc electric field. We develop a theory to explain this g-factor behavior based on the spin-valley coupling that results from the sharp interface. The outer “shell” electron in the three-electron qubit exists in the higher of the two available conduction-band valley states, in contrast with the one-electron case, where the electron is in the lower valley. We formulate a modified effective mass theory and propose that inter-valley spin-flip tunneling dominates over intra-valley spin-flips in this system, leading to a direct correlation between the spin-orbit coupling parameters and the g-factors in the two valleys. In addition to offering all-electrical tuning for single-qubit gates, the g-factor physics revealed here for one-electron and three-electron qubits offers potential opportunities for new qubit control approaches.

 

Spin-orbit coupling and operation of multi-valley spin qubits

(a) Magnetic field dependence of the resonance frequency of the one- and three-electron qubit. (b) Gate tuned electric field control over the valley g-factor at B_0 = 1.4015 T.

(a) Magnetic field dependence of the resonance frequency of the one- and three-electron qubit. (b) Gate tuned electric field control over the valley g-factor at B_0 = 1.4015 T.

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