Atoms few, damned but quick... Magnetic fields sources, RF antennas, optical structures, all integrated in a micro-chip with a Bose-Einstein condensate a few hundred microns from the surface: an "Atom chip". The benefits are higher trap frequencies, shorter evaporative time, better atom-field coupling plus a much (much) cheaper set-up. The goal of our experiment is to make the best use of Atom chips for quantum technological applications.

Quantum state reconstruction

We demonstrate a tomographic reconstruction algorithm that relies on data collected during the evolution of an unknown quantum state. We estimate the state density matrix as well as the dephasing noise present in the system by assuming complete knowledge of the hamiltonian evolution. Our scheme therefore realizes quantum state tomography but could readily be modified to perform quantum process tomography by assuming complete knowledge of the input states.

C. Lovecchio et al.,
Quantum state reconstruction on Atom-Chips
New J. Phys. 17, 093024 (2015)

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