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Title: Optimizing the choice of spin-squeezed states for detecting and characterizing quantum processes

Quantum metrology uses quantum states with no classical counterpart to measure a physical quantity with extraordinary sensitivity or precision. Most such schemes characterize a dynamical process by probing it with a specially designed quantum state. The success of such a scheme usually relies on the process belonging to a particular one-parameter family. If this assumption is violated, or if the goal is to measure more than one parameter, a different quantum state may perform better. In the most extreme case, we know nothing about the process and wish to learn everything. This requires quantum process tomography, which demands an informationally complete set of probe states. It is very convenient if this set is group covariant—i.e., each element is generated by applying an element of the quantum system’s natural symmetry group to a single fixed fiducial state. In this paper, we consider metrology with 2-photon (“biphoton”) states and report experimental studies of different states’ sensitivity to small, unknown collective SU(2) rotations [“SU(2) jitter”]. Maximally entangled N00N states are the most sensitive detectors of such a rotation, yet they are also among the worst at fully characterizing an a priori unknown process. We identify (and confirm experimentally) the best SU(2)-covariant set formore » process tomography; these states are all less entangled than the N00N state, and are characterized by the fact that they form a 2-design.« less
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  1. Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada); Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, ON (Canada)
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Physical Review. X
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2160-3308
American Physical Society
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA (United States)
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United States