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Manifestations of quantum holonomy in interferometry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry. (Quantum information theory)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry. (Quantum information theory)
Centre for Quantum Computation, DAMTP, Univ. of Cambridge, UK.
2006 (English)In: Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, ISSN 1050-2947, E-ISSN 1094-1622, Vol. 74, no 6, 062101- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abelian and non-Abelian geometric phases, known as quantum holonomies, have attracted considerable attention in the past. Here, we show that it is possible to associate nonequivalent holonomies to discrete sequences of subspaces in a Hilbert space. We consider two such holonomies that arise naturally in interferometer settings. For sequences approximating smooth paths in the base (Grassmann) manifold, these holonomies both approach the standard holonomy. In the one-dimensional case the two types of holonomies are Abelian and coincide with Pancharatnam's geometric phase factor. The theory is illustrated with a model example of projective measurements involving angular momentum coherent states.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 74, no 6, 062101- p.
Keyword [en]
Quantum holonomy, geometric phase, quantum interferometry, spin-coherent states
National Category
Physical Sciences
Research subject
Physics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96148DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.74.062101ISI: 000243166700014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96148DiVA: diva2:170625
Available from: 2007-09-03 Created: 2007-09-03 Last updated: 2011-10-06
In thesis
1. Quantum Holonomies: Concepts and Applications to Quantum Computing and Interferometry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quantum Holonomies: Concepts and Applications to Quantum Computing and Interferometry
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Quantum holonomies are investigated in different contexts.

A geometric phase is proposed for decomposition dependent evolution, where each component of a given decomposition of a mixed state evolves independently. It is shown that this geometric phase only depends on the path traversed in the space of decompositions.

A holonomy is associated to general paths of subspaces of a Hilbert space, both discrete and continuous. This opens up the possibility of constructing quantum holonomic gates in the open path setting. In the discrete case it is shown that it is possible to associate two distinct holonomies to a given path. Interferometric setups for measuring both holonomies are

provided. It is further shown that there are cases when the holonomy is only partially defined. This has no counterpart in the Abelian setting.

An operational interpretation of amplitudes of density operators is provided. This allows for a direct interferometric realization of Uhlmann's parallelity condition, and the possibility of measuring the Uhlmann holonomy for sequences of density operators.

Off-diagonal geometric phases are generalized to the non-Abelian case. These off-diagonal holonomies are undefined for cyclic evolution, but must contain members of non-zero rank if all standard holonomies are undefined. Experimental setups for measuring the off-diagonal holonomies are proposed.

The concept of nodal free geometric phases is introduced. These are constructed from gauge invariant quantities, but do not share the nodal point structure of geometric phases and off-diagonal geometric phases. An interferometric setup for measuring nodal free geometric phases is provided, and it is shown that these phases could be useful in geometric quantum computation.

A holonomy associated to a sequence of quantum maps is introduced. It is shown that this holonomy is related to the Uhlmann holonomy. Explicit examples are provided to illustrate the general idea.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2007. 66 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 335
Keyword
Physics, Quantum Holonomy, Geometric Phase, Quantum Computation, Completely Positive Map, Mixed State, Interferometry, Fysik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8185 (URN)978-91-554-6955-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-09-25, Häggsalen, Ångströmslaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:00
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