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Off-diagonal generalization of the mixed-state geometric phase
Atominstitut, Vienna, Austria.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Quantum Chemistry.
2003 (English)In: Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, ISSN 1050-2947, E-ISSN 1094-1622, Vol. 68, no 4, 042112- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of off-diagonal geometric phases for mixed quantal states in unitary evolution is developed. We show that these phases arise from three basic ideas: (1) fulfillment of quantum parallel transport of a complete basis, (2) a concept of mixed state orthogonality adapted to unitary evolution, and (3) a normalization condition. We provide a method for computing the off-diagonal mixed state phases to any order for unitarities that divide the parallel transported basis of Hilbert space into two parts: one part where each basis vector undergoes cyclic evolution and one part where all basis vectors are permuted among each other. We also demonstrate a purification based experimental procedure for the two lowest order mixed state phases and consider a physical scenario for a full characterization of the qubit mixed state geometric phases in terms of polarization-entangled photon pairs. An alternative second order off-diagonal mixed state geometric phase, which can be tested in single-particle experiments, is proposed.

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2003. Vol. 68, no 4, 042112- p.
Keyword [en]
Geometric phase, mixed quantum states, quantum interferometry
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Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-47177DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.68.042112ISI: 000187004700018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-47177DiVA: diva2:75084
Available from: 2006-12-21 Created: 2006-12-21 Last updated: 2011-10-05

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