Spin qubits involving individual spins in single quantum dots or coupled spins in double quantum dots have emerged as potential building blocks for quantum information processing applications1,2,3,4. It has been suggested that triple quantum dots may provide additional tools and functionalities. These include encoding information either to obtain protection from decoherence or to permit all-electrical operation5, efficient spin busing across a quantum circuit6, and to enable quantum error correction using the three-spin Greenberger-Horn-Zeilinger quantum state. Towards these goals we demonstrate coherent manipulation of two interacting three-spin states. We employ the Landau–Zener–Stückelberg7,8 approach for creating and manipulating coherent superpositions of quantum states9. We confirm that we are able to maintain coherence when decreasing the exchange coupling of one spin with another while simultaneously increasing its coupling with the third. Such control of pairwise exchange is a requirement of most spin qubit architectures10, but has not been previously demonstrated.
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We thank D. G. Austing, W. Coish and E. Laird for discussions and O. Kodra for programming. A.S.S. and M.P-L. acknowledge funding from NSERC. G.G., A.K, M.P-L., and A.S.S. acknowledge funding from CIFAR. G.G. acknowledges funding from the NRC-CNRS collaboration.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Gaudreau, L., Granger, G., Kam, A. et al. Coherent control of three-spin states in a triple quantum dot. Nature Phys 8, 54–58 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys2149
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