IQST Grad School Project

Charge transfer photonics: Sensing electrical current noise and nonlinear quantum dynamics with quantum microwaves

Project Description:

More than sixty years ago, Glauber showed that classical currents generate classical radiation. At low temperatures, this is no longer true as charge currents must be represented by operators. The question is thus: Can the quantum noise of charge currents be obtained from the quantum noise of the corresponding photon radiation? This issue has received particular attention recently in a newly emerging field which explores the quantum optics of mesoscopic conductors. In one class of set-ups, Josephson junctions (JJs) are integrated into resonator circuits and are biased by external dc-voltages. Charge transfer (coherent or incoherent) leads to the emission of photons into the cavity and the controlled creation of quantum microwave states. In this project we plan to address potential applications, namely, to operate these devices as sensors for nonlinear cavity quantum dynamics far from equilibrium and as probes for the full counting statistics (fcs) of charge transfer via photon detection. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed: (i) The nonlinear quantum dynamics for stronger driving at multi-photon resonances, (ii) the relation of electrical current noise and the statistics of radiated quantum microwaves, and (iii) the analysis of set-ups, where nano-beams as nano-mechanical resonators are capacitively coupled to the gate of voltage-biased Cooper pair transistors and embedded in resonators. This aggregate may not only allow to cool the mechanical motion of nano-beams but at the same time provides a very sensitive tool to monitor it close to the quantum limit.

Further collaborations:

  • C. Ast/K. Kern (FKF-Stuttgart)
  • M. Dykman (MSU, East Lansing, USA)
  • A. Armour (Nottingham, UK)
  • F. Portier/D. Esteve (CEA Saclay, France)

Selection of recent publications:

From Coulomb-Blockade to Nonlinear Quantum Dynamics in a Superconducting Circuit with a Resonator V. Gramich et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 247002 (2013)

Josephson photonics with a two-mode superconducting circuit A. Armour et. al.,  Phys. Rev. B 91, 184508 (2015)

The energy resolution function of a tunnel junction C. Ast et. al., arXiv:1510.08449