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Design of an RSFQ control circuit to observe MQC on an rf-SQUID

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5 Author(s)
R. C. Rey-de-Castro ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., Rochester Univ., NY, USA ; M. F. Bocko ; A. M. Herr ; C. A. Mancini
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We believe that the best chance to observe macroscopic quantum coherence (MQC) in an rf-SQUID qubit is to use on-chip RSFQ digital circuits for preparing, evolving and reading out the qubit's quantum state. This approach allows experiments to be conducted on a very short time scale (sub-nanosecond) without the use of large bandwidth control lines that would couple environmental degrees of freedom to the qubit, thus contributing to its decoherence. In this paper we present our design of an RSFQ digital control circuit for demonstrating MQC in an rf-SQUID. We assess some of the key practical issues in the circuit design including the achievement of the necessary flux bias stability. We present an “active” isolation structure to be used to increase coherence times. The structure decouples the SQUID from external degrees of freedom, and then couples it to the output measurement circuitry when required, all under the active control of RSFQ circuits

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 1 )