# Basic examples#

In this section we are going to explain briefly how to perform the calibration of single qubit devices. All runcards that are going to be used are available here.

## Dummy guide for single qubit calibration#

### Not flux tunable qubits#

The calibration of a not flux-tunable superconducting chip includes the following steps:

- Resonator characterization:
Probing the resonator at high power

Estimating the readout amplitude through a punchout

Finding the dressed resonator frequency

- Qubit characterization
Finding the qubit frequency

Calibrating the \(\pi\) pulse

Building classification model for \(\ket{0}\) and \(\ket{1}\)

We are going to explain how to use qibocal to address each step of the calibration.

#### Resonator characterization#

Each qubit is coupled to a resonator to perform the measurement. The resonator is characterized by a bare frequency that can be extracted by running a resonator spectroscopy at high power. To perform this experiment with qibocal it is sufficient to write the following action:

```
- id: resonator_spectroscopy high power
priority: 0
operation: resonator_spectroscopy
parameters:
freq_width: 60_000_000
freq_step: 200_000
amplitude: 0.6
power_level: high
nshots: 1024
relaxation_time: 100000
```

In order to learn how to run this action using Qibocal you can a look at this tutorial.

The choice of the parameters is arbitrary. In this specific case the user should make sure to specify an amplitude value sufficiently large.

It is then possible to visualize a report included in the output folder.

The expected signal is a lorentzian centered around the bare frequency of the resonator.

At lower power, the resonator will be coupled to the qubit in the dispersive regime. The coupling manifests itself in a shift of the energy levels. In order to check at which power we observe this shift it is possible to run a resonator punchout using the following punchout.yaml runcard.

```
- id: resonator punchout
priority: 0
operation: resonator_punchout
parameters:
freq_width: 40_000_000
freq_step: 500_000
amplitude: 0.03
min_amp_factor: 0.1
max_amp_factor: 2.4
step_amp_factor: 0.3
nshots: 2048
relaxation_time: 5000
```

Which corresponds to a 2D scan in amplitude and readout frequency. After executing the experiment with the previous syntax we should see something like this.

The image above shows that below 0.15 amplitude the frequency of the resonator shifted as expected.

Finally, now that we have a reasonable guess for the readout amplitude we can eventually run again a resonator spectroscopy putting the correct readout amplitude value.

Here is an example of a runcard.

```
- id: resonator_spectroscopy low power
priority: 0
operation: resonator_spectroscopy
parameters:
freq_width: 60_000_000
freq_step: 200_000
amplitude: 0.03
power_level: low
nshots: 1024
relaxation_time: 100000
```

Note that in this case we changed the `power_level`

entry from
`high`

to `low`

, this keyword is used by qibocal to upgrade
correctly the QPU parameters depending on the power regime.

Note

Depending on the resonator type the resonator frequency might appear as a deep or a peak.

#### Qubit characterization#

After having a rough estimate on the readout frequency and the readout amplitude, we can start to characterize the qubit.

The qubit transition frequency \(\omega_{01}\),the frequency of the transition between state \(\ket{0}\) and state \(\ket{1}\), is determined using a dispersive spectroscopy measurement.

Here is an example runcard:

```
- id: qubit spectroscopy 01
priority: 0
operation: qubit_spectroscopy
parameters:
drive_amplitude: 0.5
drive_duration: 4000
freq_width: 100_000_000
freq_step: 100_000
nshots: 1024
relaxation_time: 5000
```

For this particular experiment it is recommended to use
a `drive_duration`

large compared to the coherence time of
the qubit. Currenty the coherence time for transmon qubits
if of the order of \(10^3 - 10^6\) ns.

Similarly to the resonator, we expect a lorentzian peak around \(\omega_{01}\) which will be our drive frequency.

Note

By using high values of `drive_amplitude`

it might be possible to see
another peak which corresponds to \(\omega_{02}/2\).

Note

Depending on the resonator type the qubit frequency might appear as a deep or a peak.

Note

If the qubit is flux-tunable make sure to have a look at this section.

The missing step required to perform a transition between state \(\ket{0}\) and state \(\ket{1}\) is to calibrate the amplitude of the drive pulse, also known as \(\pi\) pulse.

Such amplitude is estimated through a Rabi experiment, which can be executed in qibocal through the following runcard:

```
- id: rabi
priority: 0
operation: rabi_amplitude_signal
parameters:
min_amp_factor: 0
max_amp_factor: 1.1
step_amp_factor: 0.1
pulse_length: 40
relaxation_time: 100_000
nshots: 1024
```

In this particular case we are fixing the duration of the pulse to be 40 ns and we perform a sweep in the drive amplitude to find the correct value. The \(\pi\) corresponds to first half period of the oscillation.

#### Classification model#

Now that we are able to produce \(\ket{0}\) and \(\ket{1}\) we need to build a model that will discriminate between these two states, also known as classifier. Qibocal provides several classifiers of different complexities including Machine Learning based ones.

The simplest model can be trained by running the following experiment:

```
- id: single shot classification 1
priority: 0
operation: single_shot_classification
parameters:
nshots: 5000
```

The expected results are two separated clouds in the IQ plane.

### Flux tunable qubits#

When dealing with flux tunable qubits it is important to also study how the qubit reacts when changing the magnetic flux. From the theory we know that by modifying the flux the qubit frequency will be modified.

Usually we should characterize the qubit in the flux range where it is most insensitive to a
a change in flux, also know as `sweetspot`

.

We can study the flux dependence of the qubit using the following runcard:

```
- id: qubit flux dependence
priority: 0
operation: qubit_flux
parameters:
freq_width: 100_000_000
freq_step: 500_000
bias_width: 0.20
bias_step: 0.01
drive_amplitude: 0.1
nshots: 1024
relaxation_time: 20_000
```

Note

For more complicating applications the optimal point might not be the sweetspot.

### Assessing the goodness of the calibration#

Several experiments can be performed to estimate the goodness of the calibration.

#### Measurement of the qubit coherences#

The fidelity achievable using a superconducting qubit is limited by the coherence times of the qubit.

To measure the energy decay of a qubit state, also known as \(\\T_1\). The experiment consists in bringing the qubit to \(\ket{1}\) and then performing a measurement after a waiting time \(\tau\).

Here is the runcard:

```
- id: t1
priority: 0
operation: t1
parameters:
delay_before_readout_end: 200000
delay_before_readout_start: 50
delay_before_readout_step: 1000
nshots: 1024
relaxation_time: 300000
```

We expect to see an exponential decay whose rate will give us the factor \(\\T_1\).

We can also estimate the loss of quantum information due to the loss in the knowledge of the phase of a quantum state. Such parameter is denoted with \(\\T_2\) and can be estimated through a Ramsey experiment.

```
- id: ramsey detuned
priority: 0
operation: ramsey
parameters:
delay_between_pulses_end: 40000
delay_between_pulses_start: 100
delay_between_pulses_step: 1000
n_osc: 0
nshots: 4096
relaxation_time: 200000
```

#### Fidelities#

We can estimate the assignment fidelity \(\\\mathcal{F}\) which is defined as [1]

where \(P(m=X|\ket{Y}_i)\) is the probability of measuring \(\ket{X}\) after having prepared \(\ket{Y}\).

```
- id: readout characterization
priority: 0
operation: readout_characterization
parameters:
nshots: 5000
```

In order to estimate a gate-fidelity which is unaffected by State Preparation And Measurement (SPAM) errors it is possible to run a standard randomized benchmarking.

```
- id: standard rb bootstrap
priority: 0
operation: standard_rb
parameters:
depths: [10, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500]
n_bootstrap: 10
niter: 256
nshots: 128
```

References

Yvonne Y. Gao, M. Adriaan Rol, Steven Touzard, and Chen Wang. A practical guide for building superconducting quantum devices. 2021. arXiv:2106.06173.