Abstract
One of the hallmarks of quantum mechanics is the impossibility of simultaneous measurement of noncommuting observables with projective measurements. This, however, can be circumvented by using continuous quantum measurements. Here we investigate the temporal correlations of the output signals of detectors continuously and simultaneously measuring the qubit observables σ_{z} and σ_{z} cosφ + σ_{x} sinφ, for various angles φ. Using the quantum Bayesian formalism, we obtain analytical expressions for the correlators, which we find to be in good agreement with those obtained from experimentally measured output signals. The agreement is particularly good for crosscorrelators, even at times shorter than the cavity modes decay time. We further discuss how the correlators can be applied for parameter estimation, and use them to infer a small residual qubit Hamiltonian arising from calibration inaccuracy in the experimental data. Our work opens up new possibilities to perform quantum metrology based on temporal correlations of measured data.
Introduction
Continuous quantum measurements (CQMs) have become a unique platform to explore fundamental aspects of quantum phenomena and have potential applications to quantum information science. They have been discussed theoretically in various contexts (e.g.,^{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}), and in the past decade superconducting qubits have become the main experimental system for the realization of CQMs.^{11,12,13,14,15,16,17} CQMs are shedding new light on our understanding of the quantum measurement process, and there is also a growing interest in CQM applications, including quantum feedback,^{13,16,18,19,20} rapid state purification,^{21} preparation of entangled states,^{22,23,24} and continuous quantum error correction.^{25,26}
While a simultaneous measurement of noncommuting observables is impossible with instantaneous projective measurements, nothing theoretically forbids such a measurement using CQMs. (This is so because a CQM can be regarded as a series of infinitesimally weak quantum measurements, and partial measurements of noncommuting observables become commuting with each other in the limit of infinitesimally weak strength.) Aside from new physics, such a protocol may open up new areas of applications, inaccessible to projective measurements. The theoretical discussion of a simultaneous measurement of incompatible observables has a long history.^{27,28,29,30} For the measurement of noncommuting observables of a qubit, statistics of timeintegrated detector outputs and fidelity of state monitoring directly via timeintegrated outputs has been analyzed in Ref. ^{31}. The evolution of the qubit state due to simultaneous measurement of incompatible variables has been described theoretically in Ref. ^{32}, and has been recently demonstrated experimentally in Ref. ^{33}.
In this work, we focus on the temporal correlations of the output signals from two linear detectors measuring continuously and simultaneously the qubit observables σ_{z} and σ_{φ} ≡ σ_{z} cosφ + σ_{x} sinφ, where σ_{x} and σ_{z} are the Pauli matrices and φ is an angle between the two measurement directions on the Bloch sphere (Fig. 1). The experimental setup is described in detail in Ref. ^{33}; it is based on a Rabirotated physical qubit, which is measured stroboscopically^{34} using symmetric sideband pumping of a coupled resonator, so that σ_{z} and σ_{φ} for an effective rotatingframe qubit are being measured. Description of such a measurement based on the theory of quantum trajectories^{8,9,35,36} has been developed in Ref. ^{33}. In this work we will use a simpler approach based on quantum Bayesian theory.^{10,37,38,39} The quantum Bayesian description of the rotatingframe experiment^{33} is developed in Supplementary Note 1.
We will also show that the considered correlators can be used as a sensitive tool for parameter estimation. This scheme is different from conventional quantum metrology schemes (e.g., see Ref. ^{40} and references therein) because it is not necessary to initialize the qubit state; in fact, the considered correlators are insensitive to the initial state even before the steady state is formed. Furthermore, the continuous measurement capability may enable monitoring of correlators in real time to perform parameter estimation of slowly timevarying parameters. Access to two different measurement channels (corresponding to σ_{z} and σ_{φ}) also enhances the parameter estimation capability by circumventing the ubiquitous problem of spurious slow fluctuations of the measurement signals offset, affecting mainly selfcorrelators but not much crosscorrelators, since noise in different amplifiers is usually not correlated. We will demonstrate such correlatorbased parameter estimation scheme by finding a small frequency mismatch, \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\), between the frequency of stroboscopic measurement and the Rabioscillations frequency, using the crosscorrelator for φ = π/2.
The goals of this paper are (i) calculation of the timecorrelators for the output signals measuring σ_{z} and σ_{φ}, and their comparison with experimental data, and (ii) demonstration that these correlators may be a useful tool for sensitive parameter estimation in an experiment. The considered correlators are also important in the analysis of quantum error detection and correction based on simultaneous measurement of noncommuting operators.^{41} We note that the analyzed output signal correlators are different from qubitstate correlators.^{42}
Results
Quantum Bayesian theory
A simultaneous continuous measurement (Fig. 1) of the qubit observables σ_{z} and σ_{φ} by two linear^{43} (nonswitching) detectors produces noisy output signals I_{z}(t) and I_{φ}(t), respectively.^{32,37,38,39}
where ρ(t) is the qubit density matrix and τ_{z} and τ_{φ} are the “measurement” (collapse) times needed for an informational signaltonoise ratio of 1 for each channel. Note the chosen normalization for I_{z} and I_{φ}. In the Markovian approximation, the noises ξ_{z} and ξ_{φ} are uncorrelated, white, and Gaussian with twotime correlators
and \(\left\langle {\xi _z(t){\kern 1pt} \xi _\varphi (t^\prime )} \right\rangle\) = 0. The qubit state is characterized in the Blochsphere representation as \(\rho (t)\) ≡ \(\left[ {1 + x(t)\sigma _x + y(t)\sigma _y + z(t)\sigma _z} \right]{\mathrm{/}}2\). The experimental method of simultaneous measurement of σ_{z} and σ_{φ} for the effective qubit is rather involved (see Methods and Ref. ^{33}); however, its theoretical description can be based on the standard quantum Bayesian approach for the circuit QED measurement. Note that the measured operator “direction” φ is determined by a phase shift between the applied sideband tones, so parameters of the σ_{φ}measurement channel do not depend on φ. Each of the two channels uses a separate phasesensitive amplifier, with the amplified quadrature determined by the phase of the local oscillator (parametric pumping). Here we assume that in each channel, the optimal (informational) quadrature is amplified, so that the qubit evolution due to measurement is not affected by the phase backaction related to fluctuations in the orthogonal (noninformational) quadrature.^{35,36,37,38,39} Then there is only the quantum informational backaction, which for measurement of σ_{z} and σ_{φ} is described^{32,37,38,39} by the evolution equations (in the Itô interpretation, see Supplementary Note 1)
Here Γ_{z} and Γ_{φ} are the ensemble dephasing rates due to measurement, so that the quantum efficiencies^{37,38,39} for the two channels are η_{z} = 1/(2τ_{z}Γ_{z}) and η_{φ} = 1/(2τ_{φ}Γ_{φ}). In the experiment η_{z} ≈ 0.49 and η_{φ} ≈ 0.41 (note that η_{φ} is a characteristic of the measurement channel and therefore does not depend on φ).
Equations (4)–(6) describe evolution of the effective qubit due to measurement only. We also need to add terms due to unitary evolution and due to decoherence not related to measurement. We assume the Hamiltonian H = \(\hbar {\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\sigma _y{\mathrm{/}}2\), describing Rabi oscillations about yaxis with frequency \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\). In the experiment, \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) = Ω_{R} − Ω_{rf} is a small (kHzrange) undesired mismatch between the Rabi frequency Ω_{R} of the physical qubit and rotating frame frequency Ω_{rf} defined by detuning of sideband pumps,^{33} see Supplementary Note 1. Decoherence of the effective qubit arises from the decoherence of the physical qubit, which is characterized (in the laboratory frame) by energy relaxation time T_{1} and dephasing time T_{2} [the pure dephasing rate is then \(T_{{\mathrm{pd}}}^{  1} = T_2^{  1}  \left( {2T_1} \right)^{  1}\); note that \(T_1^{  1}\) may have a significant contribution from qubit hybridization with leaking resonator, i.e., the Purcell effect]. To find decoherence of the effective (Rabirotatingframe) qubit, we need to average physical decoherence over fast rotations \({\mathrm{\Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}} \gg T_2^{  1}\). As derived in Supplementary Note 1, the corresponding decoherence of the effective qubit (with added unitary evolution) is
Evolution of the effective qubit is described by adding terms from Eqs. (4)–(6) and (7).
Correlators
Our goal is to calculate the twotime correlators, K_{ij}(τ), for the output signals,
Self and crosscorrelators correspond to i = j and i ≠ j, respectively. The averaging in Eq. (9) is over an ensemble of measurements with the initial qubit state ρ_{in} prepared at time t_{in} ≤ t_{1}. We will see, however, that somewhat surprisingly, the result does not depend on ρ_{in}, t_{in}, and t_{1} (even during initial nonsteadystate regime), so Eq. (9) can also be understood as averaging over time t_{1}. Note that this statement is correct only because of unital (symmetric) evolution in Eq. (7). We assume that the parameters describing strength of measurement, decoherence, and unitary evolution in Eqs. (4)–(7) do not change with time. By assuming τ > 0, we avoid considering the trivial zerotime contribution to the selfcorrelators, ΔK_{ii}(τ) = τ_{i}δ(τ).
As shown in Supplementary Note 2, calculation of the correlators from Eqs. (1)–(7) is equivalent to the following recipe:^{44} we replace an actual continuous measurement at the (earlier) time moment t_{1} with a projective measurement of σ_{i}, so that the measurement result I_{i}(t_{1}) is ±1 with probability {1 ± Tr[σ_{i} ρ(t_{1})]}/2, and the qubit state collapses correspondingly to the eigenstate \(\left {1_i} \right\rangle\) or \(\left {0_i} \right\rangle\) of σ_{i} (\(\sigma _i\left {1_i} \right\rangle = \left {1_i} \right\rangle\), \(\sigma _i\left {0_i} \right\rangle =  \left {0_i} \right\rangle\)). We emphasize that this recipe does not assume a steadystate measurement process and does not assume a unital evolution. The recipe gives the correlator
where ρ_{av}(t_{1} + τ1_{i}) is the ensembleaveraged density matrix at time t_{1} + τ with the initial condition ρ_{av}(t_{1}1_{i}) = \(\left {1_i} \right\rangle \left\langle {1_i} \right\); similarly, ρ_{av}(t_{1} + τ0_{i}) starts with ρ_{av}(t_{1}0_{i}) = \(\left {0_i} \right\rangle \left\langle {0_i} \right\). The evolution of ρ_{av} is given by Eqs. (4)–(7) without noise, ξ_{z} = ξ_{φ} = 0 (because of the Itô form), so that
These equations have an analytical solution presented in Supplementary Note 2 (note that the evolution of the ycoordinate is not important in our analysis). Thus we obtain the following correlators (alternative methods for the derivation are also discussed in Supplementary Note 2):
Because of the rotational symmetry, the results for the correlators K_{φφ}(τ) and K_{φz}(τ) can be obtained from Eqs. (14) and (15) by exchanging Γ_{z} ↔ Γ_{φ} and φ → −φ. The rotational symmetry also makes the correlators insensitive to a yrotation in both measurement directions, z → φ_{add}, φ → φ + φ_{add}, by any angle φ_{add}.
We emphasize that the obtained correlators do not depend on the qubit state ρ(t_{1}) and therefore on ρ_{in} and t_{in} (this property would not hold in the presence of phase backaction or nonunital evolution). We also emphasize that the correlators depend on Γ_{z} and Γ_{φ}, but do not depend on τ_{z} and τ_{φ} and therefore on the quantum efficiencies η_{z} and η_{φ}. Physically, this is because nonideal detectors can be thought of as ideal detectors with extra noise at the output.^{37,38,39} Since the extra noises are uncorrelated and have short (zero) correlation time, they only affect the zerotime selfcorrelators K_{ii}(0).
Let us discuss some special cases for the results (14)–(16). (i) At small times, τ → + 0, we obtain correlators
(ii) For \(\left \varphi \right \ll 1\) and sufficiently small \(T_2^{  1}\) and \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\), we have Zeno pinning near the states \(\left 0 \right\rangle\) and \(\left 1 \right\rangle\) with rare jumps between them with equal rates Γ_{jump}. This produces crosscorrelator^{45} K_{zφ}(τ) ≈ exp(−2Γ_{jump}τ) with jump rates
(iii) In the case \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}} = T_1^{  1} = T_2^{  1} = 0\), we have full correlation for φ = 0, K_{zφ}(τ) = K_{zz}(τ) = 1, full anticorrelation for φ = π, K_{zφ}(τ) = −K_{zz}(τ) = −1, and no correlation for φ = π/2, K_{zφ}(τ) = 0, while K_{zz}(τ) = \(e^{  {\mathrm{\Gamma }}_\varphi \tau }\) and K_{φφ}(τ) = \(e^{  {\mathrm{\Gamma }}_z\tau }\). (iv) In the case \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) = 0, the crosscorrelator is symmetric, K_{zφ}(τ) = K_{φz}(τ), for any φ.
Comparison with experimental results
Experimental data have been taken in the same way as in Ref. ^{33}(see also Methods). Experimental parameters correspond to wellseparated frequency scales, as needed for the theoretical results, \(( {T_1^{  1},T_2^{  1}, {{\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}}} ) \ll ( {{\mathrm{\Gamma }}_z,{\mathrm{\Gamma }}_\varphi } ) \ll ( {\kappa _z,\kappa _\varphi } ) \ll {\mathrm{\Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\), with T_{1} = 60 μs, T_{2,Ramsey} = 30 μs (T_{2,echo} = 40 μs), \({\mathrm{\Gamma }}_z^{  1} = {\mathrm{\Gamma }}_\varphi ^{  1}\) = 1.3 μs, damping rates of the two measurement resonator modes κ_{z}/2π = 4.3 MHz and κ_{φ}/2π = 7.2 MHz, and Ω_{R} ≈ Ω_{rf} = 2π × 40 MHz. For this work we use 11 values for the angle φ between the Blochsphere directions of simultaneously measured qubit observables: φ_{n} = nπ/10, with integer n between 0 and 10. While φ_{n} is determined by wellcontrolled phases of applied microwaves,^{33} the effective φ includes a small correction δφ = (κ_{φ} − κ_{z})/2Ω_{R} ≈ 0.036 (see Supplementary Note 1), so that φ = φ_{n} + δφ. We have used about 200,000 traces per angle for the output signals \(\tilde I_z(t)\) and \(\tilde I_\varphi (t)\), each with 5 μs duration and 4 ns sampling interval. The traces are selected by heralding the ground state of the physical qubit at the start of a run and checking that the transmon qubit is still within the twolevel subspace after the run (this procedure eliminates about 15% of traces). The recorded signals \(\tilde I_i(t)\) are linearly related to the normalized signals I_{i}(t) in Eqs. (1) and (2) as \(\tilde I_i(t)\) = \(({\mathrm{\Delta }}\tilde I_i{\mathrm{/}}2){\kern 1pt} I_i(t) + \tilde I_i^{{\mathrm{off}}}\), where responses \({\mathrm{\Delta }}\tilde I_i\) have been calibrated using ensembleaveraged \(\langle {\tilde I_i(t)} \rangle\) (see details in Supplementary Note 3), giving in arbitrary units \({\mathrm{\Delta }}\tilde I_z\) = 4.0 and \({\mathrm{\Delta }}\tilde I_\varphi\) = 4.4. The offsets \(\tilde I_i^{{\mathrm{off}}}\) are approximately zeroed individually for each trace by measuring the nonrotating physical qubit after each run. Additional offset removal, \(\tilde{I}_i^{\rm off}\) ≈ 0.15–0.20, for all traces with the same φ is done using \(\langle {\tilde I_i(t)} \rangle\), see Supplementary Note 3. For calculating the correlators, we average over the ensemble of ~200,000 traces and additionally average over time t_{1} in Eq. (9) within the 0.5 μs range 1 μs ≤ t_{1} ≤ 1.5 μs (first 1 μs is not used to avoid transients in the experimental procedure, and longer averaging reduces the range for τ; we also used averaging over 1 μs duration with similar results). Note that in the experiment the applied microwave phases in the two measurement channels actually correspond to angles ±φ_{n}/2; however, because of rotational symmetry, we still label the first measured operator as σ_{z} and the second operator as σ_{φ}. Also note that we use subscripts z and φ in various notations (\(\tilde I_i\), κ_{i}, etc.) simply to distinguish the first (“z”) and second (“φ”) measurement channels.
Figure 2a shows the agreement between the theory and the experimental data, where the solid lines show the symmetrized crosscorrelator [K_{zφ}(τ) + K_{φz}(τ)]/2 calculated from the experimental traces for 11 values of the angle φ, while the dashed lines correspond to the theoretical result, Eq. (15). For the analytics we used \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) = 0; however, there is practically no dependence on \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) for the symmetrized crosscorrelator, since the dependence comes only via Eq. (16). Note that because of the Markovian assumption, our theory is formally valid only for τ ≳ \(\kappa _i^{  1}\) ~ 30 ns; however, the experimental results agree with the theory even at \(\tau < \kappa _i^{  1}\) (experimental curves do not show any extra features in this range, and they are also not expected theoretically). Figure 2b shows the same symmetrized crosscorrelator at τ = 0 as a function of φ. The agreement between the theory (cosφ, line) and the experiment (crosses) is also very good. Note a minor discrepancy between the theory and experimental results in Fig. 2a for φ ≈ π, while there is no discrepancy at φ ≈ 0; the physical difference between these two cases stems from different effective initial states (see Supplementary Note 3), so that we expect the largest contribution from transients for φ ≈ π.
The selfcorrelator K_{zz}(τ) as a function of τ is shown in Fig. 2c for 11 values of φ (results for K_{φφ} are similar). The agreement between the theory (dashed lines) and experiment (solid lines) is in general good, except for small τ (discussed below). A significant discrepancy at relatively long τ for values of φ close to π/2 is probably caused by slow variations in time of the signal offsets \(\tilde I_i^{{\mathrm{off}}}\), so that they are different from trace to trace and cannot be fully removed. The corresponding slight increase of the correlators become especially visible when K_{zz} is small (because of the logarithmic scale), i.e., for φ close to π/2 and long τ. Note that the lines in Fig. 2c come in pairs, corresponding to angles φ_{n} and π − φ_{n}. The separation of the analytical lines in the pairs is due to δφ, while separation of experimental lines is smaller, probably indicating a smaller value of δφ (partial compensation could be due to imperfect phase matching of applied microwaves or their dispersion in the cable).
Looking at the experimental selfcorrelators K_{zz}(τ) and K_{φφ}(τ) at small τ for φ_{n} = π/2 (Fig. 2d), we see that in contrast to the theoretical results, there is a very significant increase of K_{ii}(τ) at τ ≲ 0.1 μs. The discrepancy is due to the assumption of deltacorrelated noise in our theory, while in the experiment the amplifying chain has a finite bandwidth (the Josephson parametric amplifiers have a halfbandwidth of 3.6 MHz and 10 MHz for σ_{z} and σ_{φ} channels, respectively), and the output signals \(\tilde I_i(t)\) are also passed through analog filters with a quite sharp cutoff at ~25 MHz (this cutoff produces clearly visible oscillations with ~40 ns period). Therefore, the theoretical deltafunction contribution τ_{i} δ(τ) to K_{ii}(τ) becomes widened in experiment. As shown in Supplementary Note 4, it is interesting to note that, somewhat counterintuitively, a finite bandwidth of measurement resonator modes does not produce a contribution to K_{ii}(τ) at 0 < τ ≲ \(\kappa _i^{  1}\) when \({\mathrm{\Gamma }}_i \ll \kappa _i\) (\(\kappa _z^{  1}\) ≈ 37 ns, \(\kappa _\varphi ^{  1}\) ≈ 22 ns). This can be understood by considering a resonator without a qubit; then a finite bandwidth κ_{i} does not affect the amplified deltacorrelated vacuum noise, so that only classical fluctuations of the resonator field (e.g., due to parameter fluctuations or elevated resonator temperature) will produce output fluctuations with 2/κ_{i} time scale. We have checked that the lines in Fig. 2d do not contain noticeable exponential contributions with decay time of 2/κ_{i} (small expected contributions with amplitude on the order of Γ_{j}/κ_{i} are below experimental accuracy, see Supplementary Note 4). Note that there is no contribution from the amplifier noise at small τ in Fig. 2a because the noises in the two amplifiers are uncorrelated.
Estimation of residual \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\)
We now show that the antisymmetrized crosscorrelator is a useful tool and can be used to estimate small residual Rabi oscillations frequency \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) in the experiment. From Eq. (15) we find
Since in the case \( {{\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}}  \ll {\mathrm{\Gamma }}_{z,\varphi }\) we can neglect \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) in Eq. (16) for Γ_{±}, Eq. (19) gives a direct way to find \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) from the experimental antisymmetrized crosscorrelator. The solid line in Fig. 3 shows K_{zφ}(τ) − K_{φz}(τ) from the experimental data for φ = π/2. Fitting this dependence on τ with Eq. (19) (dashed line), we find the value \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}{\mathrm{/}}2\pi\) ≈ 12 kHz, which is within the experimentally expected range of frequency mismatch between Ω_{R} and Ω_{rf}. Note that the overall shapes of the solid and dashed lines agree well with each other. Estimation of \({\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}\) via the antisymmetrized crosscorrelation is a very sensitive method and can be used to further reduce \( {{\tilde{\mathrm \Omega }}_{\mathrm{R}}} \) in an experiment, in which a direct measurement of 40 MHz Rabi oscillations with a few kHz accuracy is a difficult task.
Discussion
Using the quantum Bayesian theory for a simultaneous measurement of noncommuting qubit observables, we obtained analytical results for the self and crosscorrelators of the output signals from the measurement. Their comparison with experimental results shows a very good agreement. The correlators can be used for sensitive parameter estimation, in particular, to estimate and eliminate the mismatch between the Rabi oscillations and the sideband frequency shift used for measurement.
Our theoretical method and results can be applied to a range of related problems. In particular, in subsystem error detection/correction codes operated with continuous measurements,^{41} the error syndrome is based on correlators from measurement of a set of noncommuting observables. Therefore, the analysis of correlators is necessary for logical error analysis as well as for diagnosis of spurious dynamics of gauge qubits and deviations of monitored observables from intended observables. Our method can also be extended to multitime correlators^{46} and to experimental systems with phase backaction. Another possible application is to exploit continuous measurements to track slow variations of Rabi frequencies due to 1/f noise. It may also be possible to stabilize the Rabi frequencies by quantum feedback^{13} based on crosscorrelators from several measurement channels.
Methods
Experimental setup
The experimental setup is the same as the one used in the experiment,^{33} where full details can be found. For clarity we briefly describe the experimental apparatus for simultaneously applying and controlling two measurement observables. We use a transmon qubit placed inside an aluminum cavity, such that it is dispersively coupled to the two lowest modes of the cavity. The cavity has two outputs, each primarily coupled to a different mode. The outputs of these modes are amplified using two lumpedelement Josephson parametric amplifiers (LJPA) operated in phase sensitive mode. Each mode is then used to measure an observable of the qubit, as described below. The apparatus is cooled to 30 mK inside a dilution refrigerator.
We drive Rabi oscillations Ω_{R}/2π = 40 MHz on the qubit by applying a resonant microwave tone modulated by an arbitrary waveform generator. In the frame rotating with Ω_{R}, this produces an effective low frequency qubit. To couple the effective qubit to the cavity modes for measurement, we apply a pair of microwave sidebands to each mode. The sidebands are detuned above and below the two cavity modes by Ω_{R}, which leads to a resonant interaction between the qubit Rabi oscillations and the mode. This coupling may be understood as a stroboscopic measurement of the qubit oscillations. The relative phase of the sidebands determines which quadrature of the qubit oscillations is measured. This coupling causes the cavity mode state to displace in a way that depends on the state of the qubit. We couple to the internal cavity field using a small antenna that protrudes into the cavity, allowing read out the cavity state as described above. Quantum trajectory reconstructions are validated using postselection and tomographic measurements.
Data availability
All relevant data can be obtained from the authors upon request.
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We thank Justin Dressel and Andrew Jordan for useful discussions. The work was supported by ARO Grant no. W911NF1510496. L.S.M acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Grant no. 1106400. All statements of fact, opinion or conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the official views or policies of ARO, NSF or the US Government.
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J.A. and A.N.K. performed the theoretical analysis. S.H.G., L.S.M. and I.S. contributed with the experiment realization. J.A. analysed the experimental correlators and made the comparison with analytical results. J.A. and A.N.K. wrote the manuscript. All authors discussed and reviewed the final version of the manuscript. All work was carried out under supervision of A.N.K. and I.S.
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Atalaya, J., HacohenGourgy, S., Martin, L.S. et al. Correlators in simultaneous measurement of noncommuting qubit observables. npj Quantum Inf 4, 41 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s4153401800911
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