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The Next Generation of Qubit Control: SHFSG Signal Generator Launch Event

with Jan Benhelm,
Mark Kasperczyk,
and Bruno Küng

April 29th, 2021

17:00 - 18:00 CET
11:00 - 12:00 EST

Platform: Zoom

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Jan, Mark, Bruno

Would you like to achieve high-fidelity control of superconducting or spin qubits without spending time on mixer calibration? Join our virtual event to find out how the SHFSG Signal Generator sets new standards in spectral purity and stability while helping you generate fast, high-fidelity gate sequences. The event will include a technical overview, a presentation of the instrument and a practical demonstration showing you how to:

  • Operate at up to 8.5 GHz free from mixer calibration;
  • Maximize gate fidelity with high-purity signals; and
  • Control up to 8 qubits per instrument.

An extended live Q&A session will allow you to ask us your questions about the new SHFSG.

Virtual SPM User Meeting 2021

organized by Zurich Instruments

May 20th, 2021

09:00 - 17:30 CEST

Platform: Zoom

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Found at the heart of many nanotechnology applications, scanning probe microscopy (SPM) offers powerful techniques to image and control microscopic objects. As a key enabler of new SPM modes for highly demanding applications, Zurich Instruments wishes to bring together the community of users who may be facing distinct measurement challenges and yet share core competencies and know-how.

The 5th SPM User Meeting will feature high-level scientific talks and detailed tutorials, and will foster interactions and networking through Q&A sessions and a round table.

Read the full program and take part in our image contest!

Probing Local Magnetic Field Patterns

The Next Generation of Quantum Analyzers: SHFQA Launch Event

Von Transportmessungen in der Festkörperphysik zur Impedanzanalyse in der Elektrotechnik

Focus on Recovering Signals in Optical Experiments

Boost Your SPM Applications: From Kelvin Probe to Time-Resolved Measurements

A Fast and Scalable Approach to Controlling 100 Qubits and More

Nanoscale Light-Matter Interactions

Optimize the Signal Acquisition for Optics and Photonics Measurements

Impedance Analysis: Measuring Low and Fast

Optimize the Signal Acquisition for Optical Measurements

Nanostructure Transport Characterization

Sensor Characterization and Control

February 11th, 2021
Jelena Trbovic (

In this webinar, Jelena and Prof. Martino Poggio (University of Basel) look into how macroscopic manifestations of quantum mechanics involving strongly correlated states, e.g. superconductivity and magnetism, are sensitive to the local environment. Nanometer-scale spatial resolution is often required to identify the conditions for the emergence of such macroscopic behaviors. Martino talks about the basic principles and applications of magnetic imaging techniques, including NV-center and nano-wire MFM microscopy, that shed light on magnetization patterns, spin configurations and current distributions. Jelena shows how lock-in amplifiers can be used with such local probing techniques to enhance their sensitivity and contrast. In this blog post, Jelena answers the questions asked during the live session.

November 17th, 2020
Sadik Hafizovic (
Paolo Navaretti (
Tobias Thiele (

In this video, Paolo, Sadik and Tobias provide a technical overview of the SHFQA Quantum Analyzer and discuss its capabilities. Instrument demonstrations show how to measure a resonator at 8 GHz and perform the parallel readout of 16 qubits, as well as how to take advantage of the SHFQA's feedback capabilities and integrate the SHFQA into a 10-instrument QCCS.

12. November 2020
Claudius Riek (

Nach einer kurzen Einführung in das Lock-in Verstärker Messverfahren erfahren Sie, wie diese Messtechnik bessere und schnellere Transportmessungen ermöglicht. Anschließend bekommen Sie die Vorteile der Messmethode für den Einsatz zur Impedanzanalyse an Festkörperproben und elektrischen Bauteilen an den beiden folgenden konkreten Beispielen illustriert: DLTS Messungen und die Charakterisierung von DC-Link Kondensatoren. Schauen Sie sich die Folien an und lesen Sie die Antworten auf die gestellten Fragen im Blog Post von Claudius.

October 22nd, 2020
Claudius Riek (

In this webinar, Claudius shows how specific settings on lock-in amplifiers and boxcar averagers impact the results of a measurement in optical experiments by looking at the filter function, the filter order and the time constant. He then discusses the relevance of typical properties of electronic measurement devices for optical experiments such as the instrument's dynamic range, measurement bandwidth and signal input noise. Claudius answers the questions asked during the live session in this blog post.

October 8th, 2020
Romain Stomp (
Mehdi Alem (

In this webinar, Romain and Mehdi discuss how to address complex detection schemes in scanning probe microscopy (SPM) with the highest possible resolution. They carry out tutorials on Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and electrical pump-probe methods, and consider a practical example of FM-KPFM measurement using the MFLI Lock-in Amplifier with a FlexAFM microscope. Romain's blog post highlights some important take-home messages, includes useful additional resources, and summarises the answers to the many questions asked during the live event.

August 20th, 2020
Tobias Thiele (

In this webinar, Tobias discusses how our instruments simplify and accelerate the development of ambitious quantum computing projects going from a few to more than 100 qubits. Focusing on two of the most promising systems, namely superconducting and spin qubits, he shows how to perform Rabi oscillations within a day and how to control and read out qubits with the highest speed and fidelity. Tobias answers some of the questions asked during the live session in this blog post.

July 23rd, 2020
Claudius Riek (
Romain Stomp (

In this webinar, Claudius and Romain are joined by Prof. Markus Raschke (University of Colorado Boulder) and his student Mr. Samuel Johnson to present the growing field of tip-enhanced scanning probe microscopy and its application to precision spectroscopy, ultrafast-nano-imaging and, in the strong coupling limit, cavity quantum electrodynamics. In particular, Claudius shows how to maximize the signal and image information content with advanced measurement instrumentation. Claudius, Markus and Samuel answer many of the questions asked during the live event here.

June 23rd, 2020
Claudius Riek (

In this webinar, Claudius focusses on four prototypical techniques in optics and photonics: tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), pump-probe spectroscopy, stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), and carrier-envelope offset (CEO) stabilization. He looks into how to choose the most suitable measurement scheme for your experiment, e.g. a lock-in amplifier or a boxcar averager, and discusses how to save precious measurement time and record high-quality data with the highest signal-to-noise ratio. Claudius answers the questions asked during the live session here; he covers some crucial aspects related to the topic of his webinar in this blog post.

June 11th, 2020
Tim Ashworth (

In this webinar, Tim looks at two impedance measurement challenges. In the first case, he shows how to measure equivalent series resistance (ESR) below 1 mOhm and equivalent series inductance (ESL) below 20 nH for a DC-Link capacitor. In the second example, he discusses how to strike a balance between measurement speed and precision in fast capacitance measurements (on the time scale of microseconds) used to investigate the transient behavior of devices and materials. Tim's answers to many of the questions asked during the live session are available here.

May 26th, 2020
Claudius Riek (

In this webinar, Claudius shows how to choose the best measurement approach (lock-in amplification vs boxcar averaging) and settings for your optical measurements to minimize the implementation effort, save time, and record high-quality data with the highest signal-to-noise ratio. The focus is on four prototypical techniques in optics and photonics: tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), pump-probe spectroscopy, stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), and carrier-envelope offset (CEO) stabilization. In this blog post, Claudius answers the questions asked during the live session; here he covers some crucial aspects related to the topic of his webinar.

May 14th, 2020
Jelena Trbovic (

In this webinar, Jelena looks into the basic transport characteristics of materials and nanostructures, and discusses how to set up a lock-in amplifier to perform the fastest measurements with the highest signal-to-noise ratio. An exhaustive summary of her answers to the questions asked during the live session is available here.

April 30th, 2020
Kıvanç Esat (

In this webinar, Kıvanç looks at the best ways to use time- and frequency-domain tools to characterize sensing devices. In particular, he shows how to set up feedback loops for sensor control without the need for time-consuming and expensive application-specific integrated circuitry (ASIC) development. A detailed blog post accompanies this webinar.

Virtual SPM User Meeting 2020

Session 1: Ferroelectrics control

Session 2: Time-resolved SPM methods

April 16th, 2020
Brice Gautier, Romain Stomp (

This session features a talk by Prof. Brice Gautier (INSA Lyon) and a tutorial by Dr. Romain Stomp (Zurich Instruments).

In his talk, Brice reviews the technical aspects enabling the use of PFM for domain imaging, hysteresis loops and domain engineering in the DFRT mode. He points out the most common artefacts and shows how experimental conditions influence measured properties. Brice also provides examples of ferroelectric domain control by means of an electric field or mechanical stress. Following the talk, Romain's tutorial looks into the DFRT method and feedback optimization.

April 16th, 2020
Valentin Aubriet, Mehdi Alem (

This session features a talk by Mr. Valentin Aubriet (CEA-LETI Grenoble) and a tutorial by Dr. Mehdi Alem (Zurich Instruments).

In his talk, Valentin presents a setup for heterodyne Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (h-KPFM) – featuring the HF2LI Lock-in Amplifier – under frequency-modulated and wavelength-dependent illumination. He then shows how to characterize silicon interfaces embedded under different types of oxides. In the tutorial following this talk, Mehdi discusses electrical pump-probe methods with arbitrary waveform generators.

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