Suppressing qubit dephasing using real-time Hamiltonian estimation

MD Shulman, SP Harvey, JM Nichol, SD Bartlett, AC Doherty, Vladimir Y. Umansky, Amnon Yacoby

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Unwanted interaction between a quantum system and its fluctuating environment leads to decoherence and is the primary obstacle to establishing a scalable quantum information processing architecture. Strategies such as environmental and materials engineering, quantum error correction and dynamical decoupling can mitigate decoherence, but generally increase experimental complexity. Here we improve coherence in a qubit using real-time Hamiltonian parameter estimation. Using a rapidly converging Bayesian approach, we precisely measure the splitting in a singlet-triplet spin qubit faster than the surrounding nuclear bath fluctuates. We continuously adjust qubit control parameters based on this information, thereby improving the inhomogenously broadened coherence time (T-2*) from tens of nanoseconds to >2 mu s. Because the technique demonstrated here is compatible with arbitrary qubit operations, it is a natural complement to quantum error correction and can be used to improve the performance of a wide variety of qubits in both meteorological and quantum information processing applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5156
Number of pages6
JournalNature Communications
StatePublished - Oct 2014


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