Light dressing of a diatomic superconducting artificial molecule

G. P. Fedorov, V. B. Yursa, A. E. Efimov, K. I. Shiianov, A. Yu Dmitriev, I. A. Rodionov, A. A. Dobronosova, D. O. Moskalev, A. A. Pishchimova, E. I. Malevannaya, O. V. Astafiev

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In this work, we irradiate a superconducting artificial molecule composed of two coupled tunable transmons with microwave light while monitoring its state via joint dispersive readout. Performing high-power spectroscopy, we observe and identify a variety of single- and multiphoton transitions. We also find that at certain fluxes, the measured spectrum of the system deviates significantly from the solution of the stationary Schrödinger equation with no driving. We reproduce these unusual spectral features by solving numerically the full master equation for a steady state and attribute them to an Autler-Townes-like effect in which a single tone is simultaneously dressing the system and probing the transitions between new eigenstates. We show that it is possible to find analytically the exact frequencies at which the satellite spectral lines appear by solving self-consistent equations in the rotating frame. Our approach agrees well with both the experiment and the numerical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013707
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


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