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We analyze the coherent dynamics of a fluxonium device (Manucharyan et al 2009 Science 326 113) formed by a superconducting ring of Josephson junctions in which strong quantum phase fluctuations are localized exclusively on a single weak element. In such a system, quantum phase tunnelling by occurring at the weak element couples the states of the ring with supercurrents circulating in opposite directions, while the rest of the ring provides an intrinsic electromagnetic environment of the **qubit**. Taking into account the capacitive coupling between nearest neighbors and the capacitance to the ground, we show that the homogeneous part of the ring can sustain electrodynamic modes which couple to the two levels of the flux **qubit**. In particular, when the number of Josephson junctions is increased, several low-energy modes can have **frequencies** lower than the **qubit** **frequency**. This gives rise to a quasiperiodic dynamics, which manifests itself as a decay of **oscillations** between the two counterpropagating current states at short times, followed by **oscillation**-like revivals at later times. We analyze how the system approaches such a dynamics as the ring's length is increased and discuss possible experimental implications of this non-adiabatic regime.

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We explain how continuous-variable quantum error-correcting codes can be invoked to protect quantum gates in superconducting circuits against thermal and Hamiltonian noise. The gates are executed by turning on and off a tunable Josephson coupling between an LC **oscillator** and a **qubit** or pair of quits; assuming perfect **qubits**, we show that the gate errors are exponentially small when the **oscillator**'s impedance is large in natural units. The protected gates are not computationally universal by themselves, but a scheme for universal fault-tolerant quantum computation can be constructed by combining them with unprotected noisy operations.

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High-fidelity **qubit** initialization is of significance for efficient error correction in fault tolerant quantum algorithms. Combining two best worlds, speed and robustness, to achieve high-fidelity state preparation and manipulation is challenging in quantum systems, where **qubits** are closely spaced in **frequency**. Motivated by the concept of shortcut to adiabaticity, we theoretically propose the shortcut pulses via inverse engineering and further optimize the pulses with respect to systematic errors in **frequency** detuning and Rabi **frequency**. Such protocol, relevant to **frequency** selectivity, is applied to rare-earth ions **qubit** system, where the excitation of **frequency**-neighboring **qubits** should be prevented as well. Furthermore, comparison with adiabatic complex hyperbolic secant pulses shows that these dedicated initialization pulses can reduce the time that ions spend in the excited state by a factor of 6, which is important in coherence time limited systems to approach an error rate manageable by quantum error correction. The approach may also be applicable to superconducting **qubits**, and any other systems where **qubits** are addressed in **frequency**.

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This dissertation examines the design, fabrication, and characterization of a superconducting lumped-element tunable LC resonator that is used to vary the coupling between two superconducting **qubits**. Some level of **qubit**-**qubit** coupling is needed to perform gating operations. However, with fixed coupling, single **qubit** operations become considerably more difficult due to dispersive shifts in their energy levels transitions that depend on the state of the other **qubit**. Ideally, one wants a system in which the **qubit**-**qubit** coupling can be turned off to allow for single **qubit** operations, and then turned back on to allow for multi-**qubit** gate operations. I present results on a device that has two fixed-**frequency** transmon **qubits** capacitively coupled to a tunable thin-film LC resonator. The resonator can be tuned in situ over a range of 4.14 GHz to 4.94 GHz by applying an external magnetic flux to two single-Josephson junction loops, which are incorporated into the resonator’s inductance. The **qubits** have 0-to-1 transition **frequencies** of 5.10 GHz and 4.74 GHz. To isolate the system and provide a means for reading out the state of the **qubit** readout, the device was mounted in a 3D Al microwave cavity with a TE101 mode resonance **frequency** of about 6.1 GHz. The flux-dependent transition **frequencies** of the system were measured and fit to results from a coupled Hamiltonian model. With the LC resonator tuned to its minimum resonance **frequency**, I observed a **qubit**-**qubit** dispersive shift of 2χ_qq≈ 0.1 MHz, which was less than the linewidth of the **qubit** transitions. This dispersive shift was sufficiently small to consider the coupling “off”, allowing single **qubit** operations. The **qubit**-**qubit** dispersive shift varied with the applied flux up to a maximum dispersive shift of 2χ_qq≈ 6 MHz. As a proof-of-principle, I present preliminary results on performing a CNOT gate operation on the **qubits** when the coupling was “on” with 2χ_qq≈ 4 MHz. This dissertation also includes observations of the temperature dependence of the relaxation time T1 of three Al/AlOx/Al transmons. We found that, in some cases, T1 increased by almost a factor of two as the temperature increased from 30 mK to 100 mK. We found that this anomalous behavior was consistent with loss due to non-equilibrium quasiparticles in a transmon where one electrode in the tunnel junction had a smaller volume and slightly smaller superconducting energy gap than the other electrode. At sufficiently low temperatures, non-equilibrium quasiparticles accumulate in the electrode with a smaller gap, leading to an increased density of quasiparticles at the junction and a corresponding decrease in the relaxation time. I present a model of this effect, use the model to extract the density of non-equilibrium quasiparticles in the device, and find the values of the two superconducting energy gaps.

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The **oscillation** amplitude of impingement plane at z=−L in Reactor II at various (a) excitation amplitudes and (b) excitation **frequencies**.
... The relationship between **frequency** and Reynolds number in Reactor II. () self-sustained flapping **oscillation** **frequencies** with excitation, and () the excitation **frequencies** corresponding to excited deflecting **oscillation**.
... Summary of **oscillation** behaviors in T-jets reactors with and without excitation.
... **Oscillation** amplitude of impingement plane at z=−L in Reactor I at various (a) excitation amplitudes and (b) excitation **frequencies**.
... **Oscillation** behavior... Flapping **oscillation** **frequencies** of the impingement plane at z=−L in Reactor I.

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We present simulations and a theoretical treatment of vertically vibrated granular media. The systems considered are confined in narrow quasi-two-dimensional and quasi-one-dimensional (column) geometries, where the vertical extension of the container is much larger than both horizontal lengths. The additional geometric constraint present in the column setup frustrates the convection state that is normally observed in wider geometries. This makes it possible to study collective **oscillations** of the grains with a characteristic **frequency** that is much lower than the **frequency** of energy injection. The **frequency** and amplitude of these **oscillations** are studied as a function of the energy input parameters and the size of the container. We observe that, in the quasi-two-dimensional setup, low-**frequency** **oscillations** are present even in the convective regime. This suggests that they may play a significant role in the transition from a density inverted state to convection. Two models are also presented; the first one, based on Cauchy's equations, is able to predict with high accuracy the **frequency** of the particles' collective motion. This first principles model requires a single input parameter, i.e. the centre of mass of the system. The model shows that a sufficient condition for the existence of the low-**frequency** mode is an inverted density profile with distinct low and high density regions, a condition that may apply to other systems too. The second, simpler model just assumes an harmonic **oscillator** like behaviour and, using thermodynamic arguments, is also able to reproduce the observed **frequencies** with high accuracy.

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circular **oscillations**

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