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Title: Nonclassical properties and quantum resources of hierarchical photonic superposition states

We motivate and introduce a class of “hierarchical” quantum superposition states of N coupled quantum oscillators. Unlike other well-known multimode photonic Schrödinger-cat states such as entangled coherent states, the hierarchical superposition states are characterized as two-branch superpositions of tensor products of single-mode Schrödinger-cat states. In addition to analyzing the photon statistics and quasiprobability distributions of prominent examples of these nonclassical states, we consider their usefulness for highprecision quantum metrology of nonlinear optical Hamiltonians and quantify their mode entanglement. We propose two methods for generating hierarchical superpositions in N = 2 coupled microwave cavities, exploiting currently existing quantum optical technology for generating entanglement between spatially separated electromagnetic field modes.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. University of California, Department of Chemistry (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22472005
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics; Journal Volume: 121; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Pleiades Publishing, Inc.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ANNIHILATION OPERATORS; EIGENSTATES; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; HAMILTONIANS; MICROWAVE RADIATION; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; OSCILLATORS; PHOTONS; QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT; SCHROEDINGER PICTURE; STATISTICS; TENSORS