Tantalum on Sapphire and Silicon Substrates for Superconducting Quantum Circuits

Seferai, V. et al. (2022) Tantalum on Sapphire and Silicon Substrates for Superconducting Quantum Circuits. American Physical Society March Meeting 2022, Chicago, IL, USA, 14-18 Mar 2022.

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Materials science of superconducting circuits is considered with increasing importance, particularly as it directly affects qubit coherence. Appropriate nanofabrication and film growth techniques need to be developed to incorporate quality-factor engineered components. One emerging structure for superconductor ground planes and feedlines is tantalum (Ta) on a sapphire substrate, for which high coherence times were achieved for transmon qubits. The oxide formation and stoichiometry of α-phase Ta films leads to fewer sources of noise for the qubit to incoherently exchange energy with. In this presentation, we demonstrate growth techniques for deposition of Ta on heated sapphire substrates, and deposition of Ta on Si substrates using a Nb seed layer. We will also present different recipes that were used to dry etch Ta films into resonator structures, and discuss the extracted internal quality factors from these film. We discuss our investigations into fabricating Ta resonators on Si at room temperature which opens up a way to fabricate highly coherent circuits on systems without heating capabilities, and avoids thermally induced diffusion of pre-deposited materials. Finally, we detail the different dry etch chemistries that can be used and which one we have found to be optimal.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Abstract published in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society 67(3):A41.00009
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Danilin, Dr Sergey and Weides, Professor Martin and Nugent, Mr Nicholas and Karar, Mr Wridhdhisom and Brennan, Mr Jack and Baity, Dr Paul and Hadfield, Professor Robert and Foshat, Paniz and Fu, Mr Cong and Feng, Hua and Delfanazari, Dr Kaveh and Casaburi, Dr Alessandro and Seferai, Mr Valentino and Paul, Dr Jharna and Barbosa, Mr Joao
Authors: Seferai, V., Baity, P. G., Barbosa, J., Brennan, J., Collins, J. A., Danilin, S., Feng, H., Foshat, P., Fu, C., Karar, W., Lenon, C., Nugent, N., Paul, J., Casaburi, A., Delfanazari, K., Hadfield, R., and Weides, M. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering

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