Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics: generation, reconstruction and control of non-classical field states in a cavity

Serge Haroche

Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Manipulating states of simple quantum systems has become an important field in quantum optics and in mesoscopic physics, in the context of quantum information science. Various methods for state preparation, reconstruction and control have been recently demonstrated. Two-level systems (qubits) and quantum harmonic oscillators play an important role in this physics. The qubits are information carriers and the oscillators act as memories or quantum bus linking the qubits together. Coupling qubits to oscillators is the domain of Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics (CQED) and Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics (Circuit-QED). In microwave CQED, the qubits are Rydberg atoms and the oscillator is a mode of a high Q cavity while in Circuit QED, Josephson junctions act as artificial atoms playing the role of qubits and the oscillator is a mode of an LC radiofrequency resonator. The goal of these lectures is to analyze various ways to synthesise non-classical states of qubits or quantum oscillators, to reconstruct these states and to protect them against decoherence using quantum feedback methods. Experiments demonstrating these procedures will be described, with examples from both CQED and Circuit-QED physics. These lectures will give us an opportunity to review basic concepts of measurement theory in quantum physics and their links with classical esimation theory.

El curso tendrá lugar los días 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 y 20 de abril de 14 a 16hs en el Aula magna del Pabellón de industrias de la FCEyN.