Generation of large coherent states by bang–bang control of a trapped-ion oscillator
Leupold, Florian M.
Keitch, Ben C.
Home, Jonathan P.
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Fast control of quantum systems is essential to make use of quantum properties before they degrade by decoherence. This is important for quantum-enhanced information processing, as well as for pushing quantum systems towards the boundary between quantum and classical physics. ‘Bang–bang’ control attains the ultimate speed limit by making large changes to control fields much faster than the system can respond, but is often challenging to implement experimentally. Here we demonstrate bang–bang control of a trapped-ion oscillator using nanosecond switching of the trapping potentials. We perform controlled displacements with which we realize coherent states with up to 10,000 quanta of energy. We use these displaced states to verify the form of the ion-light interaction at high excitations far outside the usual regime of operation. These methods provide new possibilities for quantum-state manipulation and generation, alongside the potential for a significant increase in operational clock speed for trapped-ion quantum information processing. Show more
Journal / seriesNature Communications
Pages / Article No.
PublisherNature Publishing Group
SubjectIntroductions; Results; Discussion; Methods; Additional information; References; Acknowledgments; Author informations
Organisational unit03892 - Home, Jonathan / Home, Jonathan
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