ICE1 2014 Workshop “Información Cuántca en España-1” - Zaragoza, 2014

Quantum Sensing with Trapped Ions

Jordi Mur-Petit

Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, IEM-CSIC, Serrano 123, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Formal developments in the context of quantum information theory, together with the superb experimental control on quantum systems attained in the last couple of decades, are giving rise to the appearance of a new field of research and development—quantum technologies—the use of quantum protocols and system to enhance available technology or even develop totally new devices [1]. Within this field, quantum metrology or quantum sensing focuses in establishing the measurement uncertainties achievable according to quantum mechanics, to devise physical systems able to test them, and to design new measurement devices that translate these findings into practical applications [2]. Building on the exquisite control and precise detection methods available for trapped atomics ions [3], we have developed two proposals to use them as quantum probes of weak and/or short-pulsed electric fields. In our first proposal, we measure and stabilize the carrier-envelope-offset phase of a femtosecond frequency comb by multi-pulse quantum interferometry—a new interferometry protocol that uses a trapped ion as a nonlinear detector of the pulse-to-pulse phase variations of a fast train of laser pulses [4]. Our second work relies again on trapped ions, together with quantum logic and state-dependent forces, to determine the electric dipole moment of a polar molecule by measuring the extremely weak electric field that this produces on the nearby probe ion [5,6].

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[4] A. Cadarso, J. Mur-Petit, J. J. García-Ripoll: “Phase Stabilization of a Frequency Comb using Multipulse Quantum Interferometry”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 073603 (2014).

[5] J. Mur-Petit, J. J. García-Ripoll: “Measurement and control of polar molecules using trapped atomic ions”, e-print arXiv:1306.1416.

[6] J. Mur-Petit, J. J. García-Ripoll: “Collective modes of a trapped ion-dipole system”, Appl. Phys. B 114, 283-294 (2014), special issue “Wolfgang Paul 100”.