Continuous weak measurement and nonlinear dynamics in a cold spin ensemble

Greg A. Smith, Souma Chaudhury, Andrew Silberfarb, Ivan H. Deutsch, Poul S. Jessen

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The continuous weak measurement of cold spin in an ensemble of laser cooled Cs atoms was carried out using linear Faraday effect. It was showed that the probe light shift lead to nonlinearity in the spin dynamics which limited the Fraraday measurement window. A nonperturbing measurement on the much longer time scale set by decoherence was possible by removing the nonlinearity. The nonlinear spin Hamiltonian was found to be useful for the studies of quantum chaos and real-time quantum state estimation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number163602
Pages (from-to)163602-1-163602-4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 15 2004

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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