Trapped ions as vibrational beam splitters: SU(2) states in a two-dimensional ion trap

Shih-Chuan Gou, P. L. Knight

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A scheme for preparing vibrational SU(2) states of motion in a two-dimensional ion trap is described. These anticorrelated two-mode states are formally equivalent to the output photon states of a lossless SU(2) interferometer with number-state inputs. Nontrivial statistics such as the binomial distribution and the discrete ‘‘arcsine’’ distribution can be generated in the vibrational states of trapped ions, and detected by measuring the population inversion of the ion driven by a laser field along a specific direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1690
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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