Towards realizing a quantum memory for a superconducting qubit: storage and retrieval of quantum states

Phys Rev Lett. 2013 Sep 6;111(10):107008. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.107008. Epub 2013 Sep 5.


We have built a hybrid system composed of a superconducting flux qubit (the processor) and an ensemble of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond (the memory) that can be directly coupled to one another, and demonstrated how information can be transferred from the flux qubit to the memory, stored, and subsequently retrieved. We have established the coherence properties of the memory and succeeded in creating an entangled state between the processor and memory, demonstrating how the entangled state's coherence is preserved. Our results are a significant step towards using an electron spin ensemble as a quantum memory for superconducting qubits.