Shuttling an Electron Spin through a Silicon Quantum Dot Array

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Coherent links between qubits separated by tens of micrometers are expected to facilitate scalable quantum computing architectures for spin qubits in electrically defined quantum dots. These links create space for classical on-chip control electronics between qubit arrays, which can help to alleviate the so-called wiring bottleneck. A promising method of achieving coherent links between distant spin qubits consists of shuttling the spin through an array of quantum dots. Here, we use a linear array of four tunnel-coupled quantum dots in a 28Si/SiGe heterostructure to create a short quantum link. We move an electron spin through the quantum dot array by adjusting the electrochemical potential for each quantum dot sequentially. By pulsing the gates repeatedly, we shuttle an electron forward and backward through the array up to 250 times, which corresponds to a total distance of approximately 80μm. We make an estimate of the spin-flip probability per hop in these experiments and conclude that this is well below 0.01% per hop.

Original languageEnglish
Article number030303
Number of pages11
JournalPRX Quantum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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