G. Blatter

ETH Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

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    R. Willa · V. B. Geshkenbein · G. Blatter
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    ABSTRACT: The penetration of an $ac$ magnetic signal into a type II superconductor residing in the Shubnikov phase depends on the pinning properties of Abrikosov vortices. Within a phenomenological theory, the so-called Campbell penetration depth $\lambda_{\rm \scriptscriptstyle C}$ is determined by the curvature $\alpha$ at the bottom of the effective pinning potential. Preparing the sample into a Bean critical state, this curvature vanishes and the Campbell length formally diverges. We make use of the microscopic expression for the pinning force density derived within strong pinning theory and show how flux penetration on top of a critical state proceeds in a regular way.
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    R. Willa · V. B. Geshkenbein · R. Prozorov · G. Blatter
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    ABSTRACT: Measuring the $ac$ magnetic response of a type II superconductor provides valuable information on the pinning landscape (pinscape) of the material. We use strong pinning theory to derive a microscopic expression for the Campbell length $\lambda_{\rm \scriptscriptstyle C}$, the penetration depth of the $ac$ signal. We show that $\lambda_{\rm \scriptscriptstyle C}$ is determined by the jump in the pinning force, in contrast to the critical current $j_c$ which involves the jump in pinning energy. We demonstrate that the Campbell lengths generically differ for zero-field-cooled and field-cooled samples and predict that hysteretic behavior can appear in the latter situation. We compare our findings with new experimental data and show the potential of this technique in providing information on the material's pinscape.
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    ABSTRACT: Quantum engineering requires controllable artificial systems with quantum coherence exceeding the device size and operation time. This can be achieved with geometrically confined low-dimensional electronic structures embedded within ultraclean materials, with prominent examples being artificial atoms (quantum dots) and quantum corrals (electronic cavities). Combining the two structures, we implement a mesoscopic coupled dot--cavity system in a high-mobility two-dimensional electron gas, and obtain an extended spin-singlet state in the regime of strong dot--cavity coupling. Engineering such extended quantum states presents a viable route for nonlocal spin coupling that is applicable for quantum information processing.
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    ABSTRACT: We study the interplay of geometric frustration and interactions in a non-equilibrium photonic lattice system exhibiting a polariton flat band as described by a variant of the Jaynes-Cummings-Hubbard model. We develop a semi-analytic projective method and employ an open system version of the time-evolving block decimation algorithm (TEBD) in order to calculate the non-equilibrium steady state of the array subject to drive and dissipation. We find that frustration strongly enhances photon repulsion in a flat band leading to an incompressible state of light. The latter manifests itself in strong spatial correlations, i.e., on-site and nearest-neighbor anti-bunching combined with extended density-wave oscillations at larger distances. We propose a state-of-the-art circuit QED realization of our system, which is tunable in-situ.
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    ABSTRACT: We study a system of dipolar molecules confined in a two-dimensional trap and subject to an optical square lattice. The repulsive long-range dipolar interaction $D/r^3$ favors an equilateral triangular arrangement of the molecules, which competes against the square symmetry of the underlying optical lattice with lattice constant $b$ and amplitude $V$. We find the minimal-energy states at the commensurate density $n = 1/b^2$ and establish the complete square-to-triangular transformation pathway of the lattice with decreasing $V$ involving period-doubled, solitonic, and distorted-triangular configurations.
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    ABSTRACT: Repeated measurements as typically occurring in two-time correlators rely on von Neumann's projection postulate, telling how to restart the system after a measurement. We describe an alternative procedure where co-evolving quantum memories extract system information through entanglement, combined with a final readout of the memories according to Born's rule. We apply this procedure to the calculation of the electron charge correlator in mesoscopic physics and the photon intensity correlator in quantum optics. While our approach to repeated quantum measurements deals with any system-memory coupling, we show that the limits of strong (weak) measurements are correctly reproduced at strong (weak) coupling.
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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the two-photon scattering properties of a Jaynes-Cummings (JC) nonlinearity consisting of a two-level system (qubit) interacting with a single mode cavity, which is coupled to two waveguides, each containing a single incident photon wave packet initially. In this scattering setup, we study the interplay between the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect arising due to quantum interference and effective photon-photon interactions induced by the presence of the qubit. We calculate the two-photon scattering matrix of this system analytically and identify signatures of interference and interaction in the second order auto- and cross-correlation functions of the scattered photons. In the dispersive regime, when qubit and cavity are far detuned from each other, we find that the JC nonlinearity can be used as an almost linear, in-situ tunable beam splitter giving rise to ideal Hong-Ou-Mandel interference, generating a highly path-entangled two-photon NOON state of the scattered photons. The latter manifests itself in strongly suppressed waveguide cross-correlations and Poissonian photon number statistics in each waveguide. If the two-level system and the cavity are on resonance, the JC nonlinearity strongly modifies the ideal HOM conditions leading to a smaller degree of path entanglement and sub-poissonian photon number statistics. In the latter regime, we find that photon blockade is associated with bunched auto-correlations in both waveguides, while a two-polariton resonance can lead to bunched as well as anti-bunched correlations.
    Physical Review A 12/2014; 91(3). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.91.033816 · 2.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study a system of dipolar molecules confined in a two-dimensional trap and subject to an optical square lattice. The repulsive long-range dipolar interaction D/r(3) favors an equilateral triangular arrangement of the molecules, which competes against the square symmetry of the underlying optical lattice with lattice constant b and amplitude V. We find the minimal-energy states at the commensurate density n = 1/b(2) and establish the complete square-to-triangular transformation pathway of the lattice with decreasing V involving period-doubled, solitonic, and distorted-triangular configurations.
    Physical Review B 08/2014; 90(6). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.90.060101 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study the charge dynamics of a quantum dot as measured by a nearby quantum point contact probing the dot via individual single-particle wave packets. We contrast the two limiting cases of weak and strong system--detector coupling exerting vanishing and strong back-action on the system and analyze the resulting differences in the charge-charge correlator. Extending the study to multiple projective measurements modelling a continuous strong measurement, we identify a transition from a charge dynamics dominated by the system's properties to a universal dynamics governed by the measurement.
    Physical Review B 06/2014; 90(7). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.90.075312 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a coupled system of one classical and one quantum mechanical degree of freedom, the quantum degree of freedom can facilitate the escape of the whole system. Such unusual escape characteristics have been theoretically predicted as "M\"unchhausen effect". We implement such a system by shunting one of the two junctions of a dc-SQUID with an additional capacitance. In our experiments, we detect a crossover between quantum and classical escape processes related to the direction of escape. We find that, under varying external magnetic flux, macroscopic quantum tunneling periodically alternates with thermally activated escape, a hallmark of the "M\"unchhausen effect".
    Physical Review Letters 04/2014; 113(24). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.247005 · 7.51 Impact Factor
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    R. Willa · V. B. Geshkenbein · G. Blatter
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    ABSTRACT: We study the magnetic response of a superconducting double strip, i.e., two parallel coplanar thin strips of width $2w$, thickness $d \ll w$ and of infinite length, separated by a gap of width $2s$ and subject to a perpendicular magnetic field $H$. The magnetic properties of this system are governed by the presence of a geometric energy barrier for vortex penetration which we investigate as a function of applied field $H$ and gap parameter $s$. The new results deal with the case of a narrow gap $s \ll w$, where the field penetration from the inner edges is facilitated by large flux focusing. Upon reducing the gap width $2s$, we observe a considerable rearrangement of the screening currents, leading to a strong reduction of the penetration field and the overall magnetization loop, with a suppression factor reaching $\sim (d/w)^{1/2}$ as the gap drops below the sample thickness, $2s < d$. We compare our results with similar systems of different shapes (elliptic, rectangular platelet) and include effects of surface barriers as well. Furthermore, we verify that corrections arising from the magnetic response of the Shubnikov phase in the penetrated state are small and can be omitted. Extending the analysis to multiple strips, we determine the specific sequence of flux penetrations into the different strips. Our studies are relevant for the understanding of platelet shaped samples with cracks or the penetration into layered superconductors at oblique magnetic fields.
    Physical Review B 02/2014; 89(10). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.89.104514 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the single-photon transport properties of a one-dimensional coupled cavity array (CCA) containing a single qubit in its central site by coupling the CCA to two transmission lines supporting propagating bosonic modes with linear dispersion. We find that even in the nominally weak light-matter coupling regime, the transmission through a long array exhibits two ultra-narrow resonances corresponding to long-lived self-protected polaritonic states localized around the site containing the qubit. The lifetime of these states is found to increase exponentially with the number of array sites in sharp distinction to the polaritonic Bloch modes of the cavity array.
    Physical Review A 02/2014; 89(2). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.89.025801 · 2.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study the random directed polymer problem—the short-scale behavior of an elastic string (or polymer) in one transverse dimension subject to a disorder potential and finite temperature fluctuations. We are interested in the polymer short-scale wandering expressed through the displacement correlator <[δ u( X)]2>, with δ u( X) being the difference in the displacements at two points separated by a distance X. While this object can be calculated at short scales using the perturbation theory in higher dimensions d > 2, this approach becomes ill-defined and the problem turns out to be nonperturbative in the lower dimensions and for an infinite-length polymer. In order to make progress, we redefine the task and analyze the wandering of a string of a finite length L. At zero temperature, we find that the displacement fluctuations <[δ u( X)]2> ∝ LX 2 depend on L and scale with the square of the segment length X, which differs from a straightforward Larkin-type scaling. The result is best understood in terms of a typical squared angle <α2> ∝ L, where α = ∂ x u, from which the displacement scaling for the segment X follows naturally, <[δ u( X)]2> ∝ <α2> X 2. At high temperatures, thermal fluctuations smear the disorder potential and the lowest-order results for disorder-induced fluctuations in both the displacement field and the angle vanish in the thermodynamic limit L → ∞. The calculation up to the second order allows us to identify the regime of validity of the perturbative approach and provides a finite expression for the displacement correlator, albeit depending on the boundary conditions and the location relative to the boundaries.
    Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics 09/2013; 117(3):570-578. DOI:10.1134/S1063776113110022 · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    Sebastian Schmidt · Gianni Blatter · Jonathan Keeling
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    ABSTRACT: We discuss the Jaynes-Cummings-Hubbard model (JCHM) describing the superfluid-Mott insulator transition of polaritons (i.e., dressed photon-qubit states) in coupled qubit-cavity arrays in the crossover from strong to weak correlations. In the strongly correlated regime the phase diagram and the elementary excitations of lattice polaritons near the Mott lobes are calculated analytically using a slave boson theory (SBT). The opposite regime of weakly interacting polariton superfluids is described by a weak-coupling mean-field theory (MFT) for a generalised multi-mode Dicke model. We show that a remarkable relation between the two theories exists in the limit of large photon bandwidth and large negative detuning, i.e., when the nature of polariton quasiparticles becomes qubit-like. In this regime, the weak coupling theory predicts the existence of a single Mott lobe with a change of the universality class of the phase transition at the tip of the lobe, in perfect agreement with the slave-boson theory. Moreover, the spectra of low energy excitations, i.e., the sound velocity of the Goldstone mode and the gap of the amplitude mode match exactly as calculated from both theories.
    Journal of Physics B Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics 07/2013; 46(22). DOI:10.1088/0953-4075/46/22/224020 · 1.92 Impact Factor
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    A. V. Lebedev · P. Treutlein · G. Blatter
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    ABSTRACT: We propose a quantum-enhanced iterative (with $K$ steps) measurement scheme based on an ensemble of $N$ two-level probes which asymptotically approaches the Heisenberg limit $\delta_K \propto R^{-K/(K+1)}$, $R$ the number of quantum resources. The protocol is inspired by Kitaev's phase estimation algorithm and involves only collective manipulation and measurement of the ensemble. The iterative procedure takes the shot-noise limited primary measurement with precision $\delta_1\propto N^{-1/2}$ to increasingly precise results $\delta_K\propto N^{-K/2}$. A straightforward implementation of the algorithm makes use of a two-component atomic cloud of Bosons in the precision measurement of a magnetic field.
    Physical Review A 04/2013; 89(1). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevA.89.012118 · 2.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We propose and analyze a mesoscopic device producing on-demand entangled pairs of electrons. The system consists of two capacitively coupled Mach-Zehnder interferometers implemented in a quantum Hall structure. A pair of electron wave-packets is injected into the chiral edge states of two (of the four) incoming arms; scattering on the incoming interferometers splits the wave-packets into four components of which two interact. The resulting interaction phase associated with this component leads to the entanglement of the state; the latter is scattered at the outgoing beam splitter and analyzed in a Bell violation test measuring the presence of particles in the four outgoing leads. We study the two-particle case and determine the conditions to reach and observe full entanglement. We extend our two-particle analysis to include the underlying Fermi seas in the quantum Hall device; the change in shape of the wave-function, the generation of electron-hole pairs in the interaction regime, and a time delay between the pulses all reduce the degree of visible entanglement and the violation of the Bell inequality, effects which we analyze quantitatively. We determine the device settings optimizing the entanglement and the Bell test and find that violation is still possible in the presence of the Fermi seas, with a maximal Bell parameter reaching ${\cal B} = 2.18 > 2$ in our setup.
    Physical review. B, Condensed matter 12/2012; 87(16). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.87.165302 · 3.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Iron pnictides are layered high T(c) superconductors with moderate material anisotropy and thus Abrikosov vortices are expected in the mixed state. Yet, we have discovered a distinct change in the nature of the vortices from Abrikosov-like to Josephson-like in the pnictide superconductor SmFeAs(O,F) with T(c)~48-50 K on cooling below a temperature T(*)~41-42 K, despite its moderate electronic anisotropy γ~4-6. This transition is hallmarked by a sharp drop in the critical current and accordingly a jump in the flux-flow voltage in a magnetic field precisely aligned along the FeAs layers, indicative of highly mobile vortices. T(*) coincides well with the temperature where the coherence length ξ(c) perpendicular to the layers matches half of the FeAs-layer spacing. For fields slightly out-of-plane (> 0.1°- 0.15°) the vortices are completely immobilized as well-pinned Abrikosov segments are introduced when the vortex crosses the FeAs layers. We interpret these findings as a transition from well-pinned, slow moving Abrikosov vortices at high temperatures to weakly pinned, fast flowing Josephson vortices at low temperatures. This vortex dynamics could become technologically relevant as superconducting applications will always operate deep in the Josephson regime.
    Nature Material 11/2012; DOI:10.1038/nmat3489 · 36.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the modification in mesoscopic electronic transport due to electron-electron interactions making use of scattering states. We demonstrate that for a specific (finite range) interaction kernel, the knowledge of the scattering matrix is sufficient to take interaction effects into account. We calculate perturbatively the corrections to the current and current-current correlator; in agreement with previous work, we find that, in linear response, interaction effects can be accounted for by an effective (renormalized) transmission probability. Beyond linear response, simple renormalization of scattering coefficients is not sufficient to describe the current-current correlator, as additional corrections arise due to irreducible two-particle processes. Furthermore, we find that the correlations between opposite-spin currents induced by interaction are enhanced for an asymmetric scatterer, generating a nonzero result already to lowest order in the interaction.
    Physical review. B, Condensed matter 07/2012; 86(12). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.86.125301 · 3.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We study the coherence and fluorescence properties of the coherently pumped and dissipative Jaynes-Cummings-Hubbard model describing polaritons in a coupled-cavity array. At weak hopping we find strong signatures of photon blockade similar to single-cavity systems. At strong hopping the state of the photons in the array depends on its size. While the photon blockade persists in a dimer consisting of two coupled cavities, a coherent state forms on an extended lattice, which can be described in terms of a semi-classical model.
    Physical Review Letters 06/2012; 108(23-23):233603. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.233603 · 7.51 Impact Factor
  • A. U. Thomann · V. B. Geshkenbein · G. Blatter
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    ABSTRACT: We determine the current-voltage characteristic of type-II superconductors in the presence of strong pinning centers. Focusing on a small density of defects, we derive a generic form for the characteristic with a linear flux-flow branch shifted by the critical current (excess-current characteristic). The details near onset, a hysteretic jump (for κ≫1) or a smooth velocity turn-on (κ→1), depend on the Labusch parameter κ characterizing the pinning centers. Pushing the single-pin analysis into the weak pinning domain, we reproduce the collective pinning results for the critical current.
    Physical Review Letters 05/2012; 108(21). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.217001 · 7.51 Impact Factor