Quantum engineering with quantum optics
- Despite initial set backs in the 1980s, the prospect for large scale integration of optical devices with high spatial-density and low energy consumption for information applications has grown steadily in the past decade. At the same time these advances have been made towards classical information processing with integrated optics, largely in an engineering context, a broad physics community has been pursuing quantum information processing platforms, with a heavy emphasis on optics-based networks. But despite these similarities, the two communities have exchanged models and techniques to a very limited degree. The aim of this thesis is to provide examples of the advantages of an engineering perspective to quantum information systems and quantum models to systems of interest in optical engineering, in both theory and experiment. I present various observations of ultra-low energy optical switching in a cavity quantum electrodynamical (cQED) system containing a single emitter. Although such devices are of interest to the engineering community, the dominant, classical optical models used in the field are incompatible with several photon, ultra-low energy devices like these that evince a discrete Hilbert space and are perturbed by quantum fluctuations. And in complement to this, I also propose a nanophotonic/cQED approach to building a self-correcting quantum memory, simply "powered" by cw laser beams and motivated by the conviction that for quantum engineering to be a viable paradigm, quantum devices will have to control themselves. Intuitive in its operation, this network represents a coherent feedback network in which error correction occurs entirely "on-chip, " without measurement, and is modeled using a flexible formalism that suggests a quantum generalization of electrical circuit theory.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Kerckhoff, Joseph Alan
|Stanford University, Department of Applied Physics
|Fisher, Daniel S
|Fisher, Daniel S
|Statement of responsibility
|Submitted to the Department of Applied Physics.
|Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2011.
- © 2011 by Joseph Alan Kerckhoff
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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