Many-body Quantum Optics in Coupled Cavity QED Arrays

Mar 9

Monday, March 9, 2015

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Physics 128


Dr. Andrew Houck

Superconducting circuits and circuit quantum electrodynamics provide an excellent toolbox for non-equilibrium quantum simulation. In circuit QED, the strong interaction of light with a single qubit can lead to strong qubit-mediated photon-photon interactions. Recent theoretical proposals have predicted phase transitions in arrays of these cavities, demonstrating that complex matter-like phenomena can emerge with such interacting photons. Due to inevitable photon dissipation and the ease of adding photons through driving, these systems are fundamentally open and a useful tool for studying non-equilibrium physics. I will discuss recent experimental and theoretical progress towards realization of these non-equilibrium quantum simulators, including a localization-delocalization crossover in a pair of coupled cavities and preliminary measurements of large cavity arrays and multi-mode cavities. I will show a variety of available measurement tools in these systems, including transport and scanned local quantum probes.


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