13-19 June 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Towards a Quantum Non-Demolition Measurement for Photonic Qubits

Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) T3-2 Quantum Computation and Communication (DTP-DCMMP-DAMOPC) / Communication et calcul quantique (DPT-DPMCM-DPAMPC)
16 Jun 2015, 16:30
CCIS L2-200 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-200

University of Alberta


Chetan Deshmukh (University of Calgary)


Many applications of quantum information processing benefit from, or even require, the possibility to detect the number of photons in a given signal pulse without destroying the photons nor the encoded quantum state. We propose and show first steps towards the implementation of such a Quantum Non-Demolition (QND) measurement for time-bin qubits. To implement this measurement, we first store a ‘probe’ pulse in a cryogenically cooled Tm:LiNbO3 waveguide using an Atomic Frequency Comb (AFC) quantum memory protocol [1]. We then send a ‘signal’ pulse comprised of two temporal modes off-resonantly with the AFC through a previously prepared transparency window. The off-resonant interaction between the propagating signal and the thulium ions, onto which the probe pulse was mapped, results in the atomic state acquiring a phase-shift. This phase shift is imprinted onto the recalled probe pulse and can be determined using an interferometric measurement. The magnitude of this phase-shift depends on the signal pulse's energy, and detuning w.r.t to the probe pulse. Hence, knowing the phase-shift, we can determine the intensity or the number of photons in the signal pulse. [1] E. Saglamyurek et al, … Nature 2011

Primary author

Chetan Deshmukh (University of Calgary)


Prof. Christoph Simon (Collaborating professor) Dr. Daniel Oblak (Post-Doc) Dr. Khabat Heshami (Post-doc) Mr. Neil Sinclair (PhD student) Prof. Wolfgang Tittel (Advising professor)

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