Invited Speakers

Eva-Maria Graefe (Imperial College London, UK)

Semiclassical wave packet dynamics in quantum systems with loss and gain

While traditional quantum mechanics focusses on systems conserving energy and probability, described by Hermitian Hamiltonians, in recent years there has been ever growing interest in the use of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians. These can effectively describe loss and gain in a quantum system. In particular systems with a certain balance of loss and gain, so-called PT-symmetric systems, have attracted considerable attention. The realisation of PT-symmetric quantum dynamics in optical systems has opened up a whole new field of investigations.

In Hermitian systems, the dynamics of wave packets, which for short times reduces to classical dynamics, provide important insights and tools for quantitative simulations of quantum dynamics. Recently a semiclassical limit of non-Hermitian quantum mechanics has been proposed that allows for a similar description of quantum dynamics generated by non-Hermitian Hamiltonians on the grounds of classical phase-space trajectories. In this talk it will be demonstrated that this classical dynamics can describe the main features of the propagation of optical beams in the presence of gain and loss. We consider two main applications, the propagation of Gaussian beams in a multi-mode wave guide with gain and loss, and Bloch oscillations in a non-Hermitian tight-binding lattice.

Artur Widera (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Spin dynamics of individual neutral impurities in a Bose-Einstein condensate

Individual spins immersed into a superfluid form a paradigm of quantum physics. It lies at the heart of many models exploiting the quantum nature of individual spins to understand quantum phenomena or to open novel routes to local probing and engineering of quantum many-body systems.
I will present our approach of controlled immersion of individual, localized neutral Caesium (Cs) atoms having total spin F = 3 into a Rubidium Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) with total spin F = 1.  Depending on the Zeeman-state of the Rb gas, we observe inelastic spin-exchange dynamics, tracing the spin state of individual impurities with high position and time resolution. Moreover, suppressing such inelastic collisions by proper choice of internal states, we demonstrate coherent dynamics of individual Cs impurities’ quasi-spins immersed in the BEC.Our work paves the way for local quantum probing of superfluids, and thus might shed light on the local state of nonequilibrium or correlated quantum many-body systems.

Harald Weinfurter (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany)

Event-ready loophole free Bell tests - From Foundations to Applications

An experimental test of Bell's inequality allows to test the validity of local-realistic descriptions of nature by measuring correlations between distant systems.  While such tests are conceptually simple, there are strict requirements concerning the detection efficiency of the involved measurements, as well as the enforcement of space-like separation between the measurement events. Only recently both loopholes could be closed simultaneously.

Here we present our approach based on combining heralded entanglement of atoms separated by 398 m with fast and efficient measurements of the atomic spin states. We obtain a violation S=2.22 +/ 0.033 > 2, which allows us to refute the hypothesis of local-realism with very high significance.

The mere fact that the existence of local hidden variables, i.e. inforamtion about the state, can be tested enables one to design protocols in quantum communication testing the existence of any possible information an eavesdropper could have about the communication. We discuss the benefits and requirements for the experiment of such so called device independent communication schemes.

The method to generate entanglement between remote quantum systems forms the core ingredient for quantum repeater. Starting from the present experiment, we also discuss the prospects and roadmaps towards future quantum networks.

Nobuyuki Imoto (Osaka  University, Japan)



Ying-Dan Wang (Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences/ KITPC, China)

Optimized STIRAP-type State Transfer in Solid-State Quantum Devices

Great improvements in the coherent control of solid-state devices has led to remarkable demonstrations of STIRAP in superconducting qubits, optomechanical systems, NV centers, and so on. However, differently from atomic systems, most solid-state quantum devices suffer significant dissipation, thus the prolonged operation time of STIRAP (required by adiabaticity) becomes a severe drawback. In these examples the trade-off between adiabaticity and decoherence is a central issue, which has been investigated numerically but no analytical conclusion has been made. In order to provide physical insight and understand the power of STIRAP in the realistic scenario, we have pursued an analytical treatment with full consideration of the system dissipation. We find that optimizing the transfer time rather than coupling profiles leads to a significant improvement of the transfer fidelity. The upper bound of the fidelity has been found as a simple analytical function of system cooperativities. We also provide a systematic approach to reach this upper bound efficiently. By including the dissipation of all the parties, our results are widely applicable to quantum state engineering and are particularly relevant for solid-state devices.

 Marcello Dalmonte (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy)

Entanglement field theories - a new approach to experimentally measure and theoretically understand entanglement in many-body systems

In this talk, I will discuss how interpreting the reduced density matrix of a system bipartition opens new routes to understand entanglement properties of many-body quantum systems both at the experimental and theoretical level. Firstly, I will discuss an approach to directly measure eigenvalues of reduced density matrices - the so called ‘entanglement’ spectrum - using a direct spectroscopy of the entanglement Hamiltonian. Contrary to tomographic techniques, this approach is based upon conventional spectroscopy, and is thus immediately scalable to many-body systems with 100+ degrees of freedom. A short overview of some concrete experimental implementations, including both atomic and solid state systems, will be provided. Secondly, I will discuss advantages and limitations of interpreting reduced density matrices as effective partition functions. These theoretical results are not only important to design novel probes for entanglement, but, most importantly, provide a new perspective to characterize entanglement (and complexity of wave functions) using techniques and concepts from statistical mechanics and field theory.

Meera Parish (Monash University, Australia)

Dynamics of impurities in quantum gases

The behaviour of a mobile impurity particle interacting with a quantum-mechanical medium is of fundamental importance in physics. Ultracold atomic gases have greatly improved our understanding of the impurity problem owing to the high degree of control over experimental parameters such as interactions and atom population. I will discuss recent theoretical and experimental progress in exploring the properties of impurities interacting with bosonic and fermonic mediums. In particular, I will introduce a new theoretical approach for describing the coherent non-perturbative quantum evolution following a quench of the impurity-medium interactions [1,2].

[1] M. Cetina et al., Science 354, 96 (2016).
[2] M. M. Parish and J. Levinsen, Phys. Rev. B 94, 184303 (2016).

Renate Landig (Harvard University, USA)

Time crystals in strongly interacting dipolar spin systems

The interplay between periodic driving, disorder, and strong interactions has been predicted to result in exotic time­ crystalline phases, which spontaneously break the discrete time­-translation symmetry of the underlying drive. In this talk, I will present the experimental observation of such discrete time­ crystalline order in a driven, disordered ensemble of about one million dipolar spin impurities in diamond at room temperature. We observe long-lived temporal correlations, experimentally identify the phase boundary and find that the temporal order is protected by strong interactions. We quantitatively explain these observations using resonance counting, which reveals critically slow thermalization dynamics as the origin of the observed long lived order.

Hideo Kosaka (Yokohama National University, Japan)

Holonomic quantum control of hybrid spin qubits in an NV center in diamond

Realization of fast fault-tolerant quantum gates on a single spin is the core requirement for solid-state quantum-information processing. As a polarized light shows geometric interference, a spin coherence is geometrically controlled with light via the spin-orbit interaction or directly with microwave. We show that a geometric spin in a degenerate subspace of a spin-1 electronic system in the nitrogen vacancy center in diamond allows implementation of optical non-adiabatic holonomic quantum gates. We also demonstrate the universal quantum holonomic gates on electron-nuclear hybrid spin system with polarized microwaves. The optical holonomic quantum gates open the way towards holonomic quantum computers and repeaters.

Zhen-Sheng Yuan (University of Science and Technology of China)

Atomic Spin Entanglement and Anyonic Fractional Statistics in an Optical Lattice

In this talk, I will report our recent research progress with ultracold atoms trapped in optical lattices. Ultracold atoms in optical lattices hold promise for the creation of entangled states for quantum simulation and quantum computation. In our experiment, we developed a novel setup of spin-dependent optical superlattice. We were able to generate, manipulate and detect the atomic spin entanglement in this lattice. Moreover, based on the techniques of precisely manipulating atomic spins, we built a minimum version of the toric code Hamiltonian with four atomic spins in optical plaquettes. We observed four-body ring-exchange interactions, existing in many-body systems while never observed before in experiment, and the topological properties of anyonic excitations within this ultracold atom system. This work represents an essential step towards studying topological matters with ultracold atoms and offers new perspectives on topological quantum simulation.

Jason Twamley, Macquarie University, Australia

Quantum engineering using magnetic fields: Quantum Magnetomechanics

 Optomechanics - the control and manipulation of mesocopic objects towards the quantum regime, has attracted much attention. The use of light however, brings with it several problems, scattering noise being just one. In this talk we introduce a new approach to control the quantum motion of mescoscopic objects using magnetic fields. We describe a proposal to levitate and cool superconducting objects using magnetic fields and superconducting quantum circuits, how such levitated objects can be used for high precision gravimetry, how one can engineer spin entanglement and how this can be developed into a quantum computer architecture. We outline preliminary experimental results in magentomechanical levitation and cooling of small micron sized particles.

John Morton, University College London, UK



Christopher A. Fuchs, University of Massachusetts Boston, US



more to be announced