Hybrid Josephson junction-based quantum devices in magnetic field

W. Uilhoorn

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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The technology of quantum computing is believed to solve certain computational problems significantly faster than classical computers, enabling classically inaccessible problems. However, the technology is still in its infancy and it is still too early to conclude which physical system(s) will form the basis of tomorrow's quantum computer. Small-scale quantum processors, built on the superconducting transmon qubit, demonstrated already the anticipated quantum speed-up. Despite this tremendous milestone, scaling up to a full-fledged quantum computer is far from trivial: with these qubits, the flux-control causes crosstalk between qubits and heating, the room-temperature microwave control is hardly scalable and comes with high energetic radiation, and most importantly, the loss of quantum information in time leads to computational errors. Recent advances in various hybrid semiconductor materials enabled novel voltage-controlled transmons, gatemons, which are less susceptible to heating and crosstalk. Even more exciting, gatemons can be designed to host Majorana zero modes in a way that renders the qubit inherently protected against decoherence. In order to induce Majorana zero modes in such nanowire systems strong magnetic fields are required. Problematically, magnetic fields destroy the superconductivity that these microwave circuits rely on. In this thesis we integrate three types of hybrid Josephson junctions in magnetic field compatible microwave devices. Chapter 4 demonstrates the first graphene-based transmon. Due to the mono-atomic thickness of graphene in combination with magnetic field resilient coplanar waveguide resonators, we are able to operate the transmon circuit at an in-plane magnetic field of 1 Tesla. Chapter 5 embeds an InAs-Al semiconducting nanowire Josephson junction in a high quality factor superconducting transmission line resonator, demonstrating on-chip microwave generation. The gate-controllable semiconducting platform lends itself for fast pulse control, providing a perspective for the coherent on-chip manipulation of artificial two-level systems, in particular superconducting qubits such as transmons. Chapter 6 continues the development of InAs-Al nanowire transmons. The offset-charge-sensitive regime, additional plunger gates and magnetic field compatibility prepares the platform for the detection of coherent coupling between Majorana zero modes, a phenomena which unfortunately still remains unobserved. Additionally, we realise the first InSb-Al gatemon. The higher spin-orbit coupling makes InSb to be a preferred material in the search for Majorana signatures. Chapter 7 reports on the dynamics of quasiparticle tunneling events in real-time across the InAs-Al nanowire junction in a transmon architecture. The magnetic field compatibility of our device up to 1 Tesla together with in-situ voltage-controlled quasiparticle trap engineering, allows us to measure the survival of the charge-parity lifetime up to strong magnetic fields. A result which is extremely important in the research field of topological quantum computing, where the qubit space is defined in the charge-parity.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Kouwenhoven, L.P., Supervisor
  • di Carlo, L., Supervisor
Award date28 May 2021
Print ISBNs978-90-8593-477-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Hybrid devices
  • Josephson junctions
  • Superconducting nanowires
  • cQED
  • Magnetic fields
  • Quasiparticle dynamics


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