Josephson maser and heat transport in dissipative open quantum systems

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Description

This project is devoted to study the heat transport in dissipative open quantum systems. The main scientific and technological goals are: (i) to study the effect of anharmonicity in the heat transport in a dissipative open quantum system; and (ii) to realize a Josephson maser, to demonstrate coherent emission of microwave photons driven by a superconducting transmon qubit. To study heat transport in the quantum limit we propose a device with a qubit coupled to two resonators, each terminated by mesoscopic normal-metal reservoirs acting as source and drain thermal baths. When a thermal bias is applied across the system, the heat is transmitted between the two mesoscopic reservoirs via the qubit, and dissipated in the drain reservoir. With a sufficiently electron temperature in the heated reservoir, the population inversion prerequisite will be satisfied, and the proposed system will work as a maser, allowing for efficient on-chip generation of coherent microwave photons at low temperatures. The proposed system provides a platform to study the heat transport in dissipative open quantum systems, and both spontaneous and stimulated microwave emission. Therefore, it will contribute a pioneering technology to the field of quantum technology, and environment engineering for quantum technologies, in addition to developing a promising tool for quantum thermodynamics. The fundamental knowledge of quantum physics targeted in this proposal will be immediately applicable in several applied fields; the microelectronics industry, quantum computers, and communication sectors, and it will have a great impact on society both in Europe and globally.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 843706.

Short titleXmonMASER
AcronymXmonMASER
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/05/201930/04/2021

Funding

  • European Commission

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