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Theoretical investigation of photon manipulation for quantum computing and quantum information processing

Liu, Chenxu (2020) Theoretical investigation of photon manipulation for quantum computing and quantum information processing. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Quantum computing and quantum information processing are fast developing fields. As more and more qubits are integrated into the quantum computing systems, a deeper understanding and more careful modeling of the dynamics of these quantum systems in presence of driving and/or loss are necessary, not only for optimizing existing quantum devices, but also for designing and achieving novel method for more precise manipulation of these quantum systems. Our work investigating these quantum systems is inspired by quantum optics, a field focused on the quantum description of light and light-matter interactions.

In this thesis, we use the theoretical toolboxes provided by quantum optics as well as condensed matter theory to investigate and model realistic quantum systems. Specifically, we focus on the Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond crystal, a Josephson parametric amplifier (that uses Josephson junctions as its non-linear elements), and plasmonic nanowire system. With the knowledge of the dynamics of these systems, we proposed single-photon heralded two-NV center quantum gates; designed and optimized the superconducting circuit for a Josephson parametric amplifier to improve the amplifier's saturation power; and designed new methods for robust light manipulation using topologically protected plasmonic modes. All the devices that we study are either ready to be implemented in experiments or have already been built. Further, as discussed in this thesis, our theoretical analysis of NV-centers can be extended to similar device types like solid-state defect centers, while our analysis of Josephson parametric amplifiers can be extended to other types of superconducting circuit systems.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Liu, ChenxuCHL183@pitt.eduCHL1830000-0003-2616-3126
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPekker,
Committee CoChairDutt,
Committee MemberMong,
Committee MemberKosowsky,
Committee MemberLeu,
Date: 16 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 June 2020
Approval Date: 16 September 2020
Submission Date: 2 July 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 265
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Physics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quantum optics, Quantum computing and quantum information processing, Superconducting circuit, Josephson junction, Nitrogen-Vacancy center, Topological plasmon, Josephson micromaser
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 14:32
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 14:32


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