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Quadrature interferometry for nonequilibrium ultracold atoms in optical lattices

TitleQuadrature interferometry for nonequilibrium ultracold atoms in optical lattices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsE. Tiesinga, and P. R. Johnson
JournalPhys. Rev. A
Date Publishedjan

We develop an interferometric technique for making time-resolved measurements of field-quadrature operators for nonequilibrium ultracold bosons in optical lattices. The technique exploits the internal state structure of magnetic atoms to create two subsystems of atoms in different spin states and lattice sites. A Feshbach resonance turns off atom-atom interactions in one spin subsystem, making it a well-characterized reference state, while atoms in the other subsystem undergo nonequilibrium dynamics for a variable hold time. Interfering the subsystems via a second beam-splitting operation, time-resolved quadrature measurements on the interacting atoms are obtained by detecting relative spin populations. The technique can provide quadrature measurements for a variety of Hamiltonians and lattice geometries (e. g., cubic, honeycomb, superlattices), including systems with tunneling, spin-orbit couplings using artificial gauge fields, and higher-band effects. Analyzing the special case of a deep lattice with negligible tunneling, we obtain the time evolution of both quadrature observables and their fluctuations. As a second application, we show that the interferometer can be used to measure atom-atom interaction strengths with super-Heisenberg scaling (n) over bar (-3/2) in the mean number of atoms per lattice site, and standard quantum limit scaling M-1/2 in the number of lattice sites. In our analysis, we require M >> 1 and for realistic systems (n) over bar is small, and therefore the scaling in total atom number N = (n) over barM is below the Heisenberg limit; nevertheless, measurements testing the scaling behaviors for interaction-based quantum metrologies should be possible in this system. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.87.013423