Noise correlations in a flux qubit with tunable tunnel coupling
Journal article, 2011
We have measured flux-noise correlations in a tunable superconducting flux qubit. The device consists of two loops that independently control the qubit's energy splitting and tunnel coupling. Low-frequency flux noise in the loops causes fluctuations of the qubit frequency and leads to dephasing. Since the noises in the two loops couple to different terms of the qubit Hamiltonian, a measurement of the dephasing rate at different bias points provides a way to extract both the amplitude and the sign of the noise correlations. We find that the flux fluctuations in the two loops are anticorrelated, consistent with a model where the flux noise is generated by randomly oriented unpaired spins on the metal surface. © 2011 American Physical Society.