Perfect Microwave Photodetection in Circuit QED

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Date: 
2010-12-29
Author(s): 

B. Peropadre, G. Romero, G. Johansson, C. M. Wilson, E. Solano, J. J. García-Ripoll

Reference: 

arXiv:1101.0016v1 [cond-mat.mes-hall]

In this work we propose a microwave photon detector which successfully reaches 100% efficiency with only one absorber. Our design consists of a metastable quantum circuit coupled to a semi-infinite transmission line which performs highly efficient photodetection in a simplified manner as compared to previous proposals. We extensively study the scattering properties of realistic wavepackets against this device, thereby computing the efficiency of the detector. We find that the detector has many operating modes, can detect detuned photons, is robust against design imperfections and can be made broadband by using more than one absorbing element in the design.