Wallraff, A. et al. Strong coupling of a single photon to a superconducting qubit using circuit quantum electrodynamics. Nature 431, 162-167

Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.
Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 10/2004; 431(7005):162-7. DOI: 10.1038/nature02851
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The interaction of matter and light is one of the fundamental processes occurring in nature, and its most elementary form is realized when a single atom interacts with a single photon. Reaching this regime has been a major focus of research in atomic physics and quantum optics for several decades and has generated the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics. Here we perform an experiment in which a superconducting two-level system, playing the role of an artificial atom, is coupled to an on-chip cavity consisting of a superconducting transmission line resonator. We show that the strong coupling regime can be attained in a solid-state system, and we experimentally observe the coherent interaction of a superconducting two-level system with a single microwave photon. The concept of circuit quantum electrodynamics opens many new possibilities for studying the strong interaction of light and matter. This system can also be exploited for quantum information processing and quantum communication and may lead to new approaches for single photon generation and detection.

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    • "Here Γ vac is the free space spontaneous emission rate, σ 0 ∝ λ 2 is the resonant absorption cross section, Q, V , and F, are the cavity quality factor, volume, and finesse respectively, and A is the effective area of the cavity or guided mode that couples to the atom. The strongest coupling occurs on resonance, and thus much effort has been devoted to developing the largest possible Γ cav and Γ 1D through ultrahigh-Q , small-volume resonators [5] [9] [10] and through nanophotonic plasmonic [11] [12], metamaterial [13], and dielectric [8] [14] waveguides. "
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    • "Circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) [1] [2], based on the interactions of superconducting qubits with microwave light, is currently emerging as one of the most promising experimental platforms for quantum information processing [3] [4] and quantum optics experiments [5– 8]. In these superconducting circuits, Josephson junctions provide the necessary non-linearity for qubits, while low-loss microwave resonators are an essential component of quantum memories [9] [10] [11] [12], readout or entanglement buses [13] [14], and filtering [15] [16]. "
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    • "MHz [25– 27]. The cQED architecture has been used to achieve strong coupling between microwave frequency photons and a superconducting qubit [25]. More recently, a variety of quantum dot devices (GaAs, carbon nanotubes, InAs nanowires, etched graphene) have been integrated with microwave cavities [26] [27] [28] [29]. "
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