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Quantum coherence

S Chick, N Stavrias, K Saeedi, B Redlich, P T Greenland, G Matmon, M Naftaly, C R Pidgeon, G Aeppli, B N Murdin
Superposition of orbital eigenstates is crucial to quantum technology utilizing atoms, such as atomic clocks and quantum computers, and control over the interaction between atoms and their neighbours is an essential ingredient for both gating and readout. The simplest coherent wavefunction control uses a two-eigenstate admixture, but more control over the spatial distribution of the wavefunction can be obtained by increasing the number of states in the wavepacket. Here we demonstrate THz laser pulse control of Si:P orbitals using multiple orbital state admixtures, observing beat patterns produced by Zeeman splitting...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
Juan Arturo Alanis, Dhruv Saxena, Sudha Mokkapati, Nian Jiang, Kun Peng, Xiaoyan Tang, Lan Fu, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Patrick Parkinson
Single nanowire lasers based on bottom-up III-V materials have been shown to exhibit room-temperature near-infrared lasing, making them highly promising for use as nanoscale, silicon-integrable, and coherent light sources. While lasing behavior is reproducible, small variations in growth conditions across a substrate arising from the use of bottom-up growth techniques can introduce interwire disorder, either through geometric or material inhomogeneity. Nanolasers critically depend on both high material quality and tight dimensional tolerances, and as such, lasing threshold is both sensitive to and a sensitive probe of such inhomogeneity...
July 25, 2017: Nano Letters
R Stockill, M J Stanley, L Huthmacher, E Clarke, M Hugues, A J Miller, C Matthiesen, C Le Gall, M Atatüre
Quantum entanglement between distant qubits is an important feature of quantum networks. Distribution of entanglement over long distances can be enabled through coherently interfacing qubit pairs via photonic channels. Here, we report the realization of optically generated quantum entanglement between electron spin qubits confined in two distant semiconductor quantum dots. The protocol relies on spin-photon entanglement in the trionic Λ system and quantum erasure of the Raman-photon path information. The measurement of a single Raman photon is used to project the spin qubits into a joint quantum state with an interferometrically stabilized and tunable relative phase...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Luca S Costanzo, Antonio S Coelho, Nicola Biagi, Jaromír Fiurášek, Marco Bellini, Alessandro Zavatta
Strong nonlinearity at the single photon level represents a crucial enabling tool for optical quantum technologies. Here we report on experimental implementation of a strong Kerr nonlinearity by measurement-induced quantum operations on weak quantum states of light. Our scheme coherently combines two sequences of single photon addition and subtraction to induce a nonlinear phase shift at the single photon level. We probe the induced nonlinearity with weak coherent states and characterize the output non-Gaussian states with quantum state tomography...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
S Wüster
We show that Born-Oppenheimer surfaces can intrinsically decohere, implying loss of coherence among constituent electronic basis states. We consider the example of interatomic forces due to resonant dipole-dipole interactions within a dimer of highly excited Rydberg atoms, embedded in an ultracold gas. These forces rely on a coherent superposition of two-atom electronic states, which is destroyed by continuous monitoring of the dimer state through a detection scheme utilizing the background gas atoms. We show that this intrinsic decoherence of the molecular energy surface can gradually deteriorate a repulsive dimer state, causing a mixing of attractive and repulsive character...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Guodong Shi, Bo Li, Zibo Miao, Peter M Dower, Matthew R James
We consider a basic quantum hybrid network model consisting of a number of nodes each holding a qubit, for which the aim is to drive the network to a consensus in the sense that all qubits reach a common state. Projective measurements are applied serving as control means, and the measurement results are exchanged among the nodes via classical communication channels. In this way the quantum-opeartion/classical-communication nature of hybrid quantum networks is captured, although coherent states and joint operations are not taken into consideration in order to facilitate a clear and explicit analysis...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
S van den Wildenberg, B Mignolet, R D Levine, F Remacle
The coupled electronic-nuclear coherent dynamics induced by a short strong VUV fs pulse in the low excited electronic states of HCN is probed by transient absorption spectroscopy with a second weaker fs UV pulse. The nuclear time-dependent Schrodinger equation is solved on a 2D nuclear grid with several electronic states with a Hamiltonian including the dipole coupling to the pump and the probe electric fields. The two internal nuclear coordinates describe the motion of the light H atom. There is a band of several excited electronic states at about 8 eV above the ground state (GS) that is transiently accessed by the pump pulse...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Debarati Dey, Pradipta Roy, Debashis De
The Field Effect Transistor (FET) characteristics has been observed from a single-walled Adenine nanotube device using Density Functional Theory associated with Non Equilibrium Green's Function based First Principle approach. This device is electrically doped which shows both n and p channel characteristics of a p-i-n FET. This device is designed and originated from a single-walled biomolecular nanotube structure. The p and n regions have been induced at the two ends of the device using electrical doping process...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Rui Huang, Jacob P Brady, Ashok Sekhar, Tairan Yuwen, Lewis E Kay
We present a pulse scheme that exploits methyl (1)H triple-quantum (TQ) coherences for the measurement of diffusion rates of slowly diffusing molecules in solution. It is based on the well-known stimulated echo experiment, with encoding and decoding of TQ coherences. The size of quantifiable diffusion coefficients is thus lowered by an order of magnitude with respect to single-quantum (SQ) approaches. Notably, the sensitivity of the scheme is high, approximately ¾ that of the corresponding single quantum experiment, neglecting relaxation losses, and on the order of a factor of 4 more sensitive than a previously published sequence for AX3 spin systems (Zheng et al...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
R Jayaprakash, F G Kalaitzakis, G Christmann, K Tsagaraki, M Hocevar, B Gayral, E Monroy, N T Pelekanos
Polariton lasers are coherent light sources based on the condensation of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities, which occurs either in the kinetic or thermodynamic (Bose-Einstein) regime. Besides their fundamental interest, polariton lasers have the potential of extremely low operating thresholds. Here, we demonstrate ultra-low threshold polariton lasing at room temperature, using an all-dielectric, GaN membrane-based microcavity, with a spontaneously-formed zero-dimensional trap. The microcavity is fabricated using an innovative method, which involves photo-electrochemical etching of an InGaN sacrificial layer and allows for the incorporation of optimally-grown GaN active quantum wells inside a cavity with atomically-smooth surfaces...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
M A Fareed, V V Strelkov, N Thiré, S Mondal, B E Schmidt, F Légaré, T Ozaki
In high-order harmonic generation, resonant harmonics (RH) are sources of intense, coherent extreme-ultraviolet radiation. However, intensity enhancement of RH only occurs for a single harmonic order, making it challenging to generate short attosecond pulses. Moreover, the mechanism involved behind such RH was circumstantial, because of the lack of direct experimental proofs. Here, we demonstrate the exact quantum paths that electron follows for RH generation using tin, showing that it involves not only the autoionizing state, but also a harmonic generation from dressed-AIS that appears as two coherent satellite harmonics at frequencies ±2Ω from the RH (Ω represents laser frequency)...
July 17, 2017: Nature Communications
Tomasz Jakubczyk, Valentin Delmonte, Sarah Fischbach, Daniel Wigger, Doris E Reiter, Quentin Mermillod, Peter Schnauber, Arsenty Kaganskiy, Jan-Hindrik Schulze, André Strittmatter, Sven Rodt, Wolfgang Langbein, Tilmann Kuhn, Stephan Reitzenstein, Jacek Kasprzak
Optimized light-matter coupling in semiconductor nanostructures is a key to understand their optical properties and can be enabled by advanced fabrication techniques. Using in situ electron beam lithography combined with a low-temperature cathodoluminescence imaging, we deterministically fabricate microlenses above selected InAs quantum dots (QDs), achieving their efficient coupling to the external light field. This enables performing four-wave mixing microspectroscopy of single QD excitons, revealing the exciton population and coherence dynamics...
December 21, 2016: ACS Photonics
Joshua B Ruebeck, Jie Lin, Arjendu K Pattanayak
We present an analysis of the entangling quantum kicked top focusing on the few qubit case and the initial condition dependence of the time-averaged entanglement S_{Q} for spin-coherent states. We show a very strong connection between the classical phase space and the initial condition dependence of S_{Q} even for the extreme case of two spin-1/2 qubits. This correlation is not related directly to chaos in the classical dynamics. We introduce a measure of the behavior of a classical trajectory which correlates far better with the entanglement and show that the maps of classical and quantum initial-condition dependence are both organized around the symmetry points of the Hamiltonian...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
David Berenstein, Alexandra Miller
In the context of Lin-Lunin-Maldacena geometries, we show that superpositions of classical coherent states of trivial topology can give rise to new classical limits where the topology of spacetime has changed. We argue that this phenomenon implies that neither the topology nor the geometry of spacetime can be the result of an operator measurement. We address how to reconcile these statements with the usual semiclassical analysis of low energy effective field theory for gravity.
June 30, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Antonietta De Sio, Christoph Lienau
Light-induced charge transfer from the photoexcited donor to the acceptor is the fundamental step towards current generation in organic solar cells. Experimental evidence for efficient charge separation on ultrafast time scales has been available for quite some time. Yet even today, the elementary mechanisms underlying this process in organic semiconductors and in particular the role of the coherent wave-like motion of electrons and nuclei for the charge separation are still a matter of considerable debate...
July 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Eugene Stephane Mananga
In this work, we investigated the orders to which the Floquet-Magnus expansion (FME) and Fer expansion (FE) are equivalent or different for the three-level system. Specifically, we performed the third-order calculations of both approaches based on elegant integrations formalism. We present an important close relationship between the Floquet-Magnus and Fer expansions. As the propagator from the FME takes the form of the evolution operator which removes the constraint of a stroboscopic observation, we appreciated the effects of time-evolution under Hamiltonians with different orders separately...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
H Suchomel, S Brodbeck, T C H Liew, M Amthor, M Klaas, S Klembt, M Kamp, S Höfling, C Schneider
Microcavity exciton polaritons are promising candidates to build a new generation of highly nonlinear and integrated optoelectronic devices. Such devices range from novel coherent light emitters to reconfigurable potential landscapes for electro-optical polariton-lattice based quantum simulators as well as building blocks of optical logic architectures. Especially for the latter, the strongly interacting nature of the light-matter hybrid particles has been used to facilitate fast and efficient switching of light by light, something which is very hard to achieve with weakly interacting photons...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
A Signoles, E K Dietsche, A Facon, D Grosso, S Haroche, J M Raimond, M Brune, S Gleyzes
We realize a coherent transfer between a laser-accessible low-angular-momentum Rydberg state and the circular Rydberg level with maximal angular momentum. It is induced by a radio frequency field with a high-purity σ^{+} polarization resonant on Stark transitions inside the hydrogenic Rydberg manifold. We observe over a few microseconds more than 20 coherent Rabi oscillations between the initial Rydberg state and the circular level. We characterize these many-Rydberg-level oscillations and find them in perfect agreement with a simple model...
June 23, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Yue Wang, Dejian Yu, Zeng Wang, Xiaoming Li, Xiaoxuan Chen, Venkatram Nalla, Haibo Zeng, Handong Sun
With regards to developing miniaturized coherent light sources, the temperature-insensitivity in gain spectrum and threshold is highly desirable. Quantum dots (QDs) are predicted to possess a temperature-insensitive threshold by virtue of the separated electronic states; however, it is never observed in colloidal QDs due to the poor thermal stability. Besides, for the classical II-VI QDs, the gain profile generally redshifts with increasing temperature, plaguing the device chromaticity. Herein, this paper addresses the above two issues simultaneously by embedding ligands-free CsPbBr3 nanocrystals in a wider band gap Cs4 PbBr6 matrix by solution-phase synthesis...
July 11, 2017: Small
Jian Liao, Yunbo Ou, Haiwen Liu, Ke He, Xucun Ma, Qi-Kun Xue, Yongqing Li
Study of the dephasing in electronic systems is not only important for probing the nature of their ground states, but also crucial to harnessing the quantum coherence for information processing. In contrast to well-studied conventional metals and semiconductors, it remains unclear which mechanism is mainly responsible for electron dephasing in three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs). Here, we report on using weak antilocalization effect to measure the dephasing rates in highly tunable (Bi,Sb)2Te3 thin films...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
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