Suppression of charge noise using barrier control of a singlet-triplet qubit

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Original languageEnglish
Article number012318
Journal / PublicationPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
Online published13 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


It has been recently demonstrated that a singlet-triplet spin qubit in semiconductor double quantum dots can be controlled by changing the height of the potential barrier between the two dots (“barrier control”), which has led to a considerable reduction of charge noises as compared with the traditional tilt control method. In this paper we show, through a molecular-orbital-theoretic calculation of double quantum dots influenced by a charged impurity, that the relative charge noise for a system under the barrier control not only is smaller than that for the tilt control but actually decreases as a function of an increasing exchange interaction. This is understood as a combined consequence of the greatly suppressed detuning noise when the two dots are symmetrically operated, as well as an enhancement of the interdot hopping energy of an electron when the barrier is lowered which in turn reduces the relative charge noise at large exchange interaction values. We have also studied the response of the qubit to charged impurities at different locations and found that the improvement of barrier control is least for impurities equidistant from the two dots due to the small detuning noise they cause but is otherwise significant along other directions.