Publications


Efficient microwave-to-optical conversion using Rydberg atoms

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 99 (2019) ARTN 023832

T Vogt, C Gross, J Han, SB Pal, M Lam, M Kiffner, W Li


Mott polaritons in cavity-coupled quantum materials

New Journal of Physics IOP Publishing (2019)

M Kiffner, J Coulthard, F Schlawin, A Ardavan, D Jaksch


Heating-Induced Long-Range η Pairing in the Hubbard Model.

Physical review letters 123 (2019) 030603-

J Tindall, B Buča, JR Coulthard, D Jaksch

We show how, upon heating the spin degrees of freedom of the Hubbard model to infinite temperature, the symmetries of the system allow the creation of steady states with long-range correlations between η pairs. We induce this heating with either dissipation or periodic driving and evolve the system towards a nonequilibrium steady state, a process which melts all spin order in the system. The steady state is identical in both cases and displays distance-invariant off-diagonal η correlations. These correlations were first recognized in the superconducting eigenstates described in Yang's seminal Letter [Phys. Rev. Lett. 63, 2144 (1989)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.63.2144], which are a subset of our steady states. We show that our results are a consequence of symmetry properties and entirely independent of the microscopic details of the model and the heating mechanism.


Ultracold molecules for quantum simulation: rotational coherences in CaF and RbCs

QUANTUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 4 (2019) ARTN 014010

JA Blackmore, L Caldwell, PD Gregory, EM Bridge, R Sawant, J Aldegunde, J Mur-Petit, D Jaksch, JM Hutson, BE Sauer, MR Tarbutt, SL Cornish


Bosonic fractional quantum Hall states on a finite cylinder

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 99 (2019) ARTN 033603

P Rosson, M Lubasch, M Kiffner, D Jaksch


Non-stationary coherent quantum many-body dynamics through dissipation.

Nature communications 10 (2019) 1730-

B Buča, J Tindall, D Jaksch

The assumption that quantum systems relax to a stationary state in the long-time limit underpins statistical physics and much of our intuitive understanding of scientific phenomena. For isolated systems this follows from the eigenstate thermalization hypothesis. When an environment is present the expectation is that all of phase space is explored, eventually leading to stationarity. Notable exceptions are decoherence-free subspaces that have important implications for quantum technologies and have so far only been studied for systems with a few degrees of freedom. Here we identify simple and generic conditions for dissipation to prevent a quantum many-body system from ever reaching a stationary state. We go beyond dissipative quantum state engineering approaches towards controllable long-time non-stationarity typically associated with macroscopic complex systems. This coherent and oscillatory evolution constitutes a dissipative version of a quantum time crystal. We discuss the possibility of engineering such complex dynamics with fermionic ultracold atoms in optical lattices.


Exact large deviation statistics and trajectory phase transition of a deterministic boundary driven cellular automaton.

Physical review. E 100 (2019) 020103-

B Buča, JP Garrahan, T Prosen, M Vanicat

We study the statistical properties of the long-time dynamics of the rule 54 reversible cellular automaton (CA), driven stochastically at its boundaries. This CA can be considered as a discrete-time and deterministic version of the Fredrickson-Andersen kinetically constrained model (KCM). By means of a matrix product ansatz, we compute the exact large deviation cumulant generating functions for a wide range of time-extensive observables of the dynamics, together with their associated rate functions and conditioned long-time distributions over configurations. We show that for all instances of boundary driving the CA dynamics occurs at the point of phase coexistence between competing active and inactive dynamical phases, similar to what happens in more standard KCMs. We also find the exact finite size scaling behavior of these trajectory transitions, and provide the explicit "Doob-transformed" dynamics that optimally realizes rare dynamical events.


Symmetries and conservation laws in quantum trajectories: Dissipative freezing

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 100 (2019) ARTN 042113

CS Munoz, B Buca, J Tindall, A Gonzalez-Tudela, D Jaksch, D Porras


Manipulating quantum materials with quantum light (vol 99, 085116, 2019)

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 99 (2019) ARTN 099907

M Kiffner, JR Coulthard, F Schlawin, A Ardavan, D Jaksch


Diverging Exchange Force and Form of the Exact Density Matrix Functional.

Physical review letters 122 (2019) 013001-

C Schilling, R Schilling

For translationally invariant one-band lattice models, we exploit the ab initio knowledge of the natural orbitals to simplify reduced density matrix functional theory (RDMFT). Striking underlying features are discovered. First, within each symmetry sector, the interaction functional F depends only on the natural occupation numbers n. The respective sets P_{N}^{1} and E_{N}^{1} of pure and ensemble N-representable one-matrices coincide. Second, and most importantly, the exact functional is strongly shaped by the geometry of the polytope E_{N}^{1}≡P_{N}^{1}, described by linear constraints D^{(j)}(n)≥0. For smaller systems, it follows as F[n]=[under ∑]i,i^{'}V[over ¯]_{i,i^{'}}sqrt[D^{(i)}(n)D^{(i^{'})}(n)]. This generalizes to systems of arbitrary size by replacing each D^{(i)} by a linear combination of {D^{(j)}(n)} and adding a nonanalytical term involving the interaction V[over ^]. Third, the gradient dF/dn is shown to diverge on the boundary ∂E_{N}^{1}, suggesting that the fermionic exchange symmetry manifests itself within RDMFT in the form of an "exchange force." All findings hold for systems with a nonfixed particle number as well and V[over ^] can be any p-particle interaction. As an illustration, we derive the exact functional for the Hubbard square.


Manipulating quantum materials with quantum light

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 99 (2019) ARTN 085116

M Kiffner, JR Coulthard, F Schlawin, A Ardavan, D Jaksch


Collimated UV light generation by two-photon excitation to a Rydberg state in Rb vapor

OPTICS LETTERS 44 (2019) 2931-2934

M Lam, SB Pal, T Vogt, C Gross, M Kiffner, W Li


Generalized Pauli constraints in small atoms

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 97 (2018) ARTN 052503

C Schilling, M Altunbulak, S Knecht, A Lopes, JD Whitfield, M Christandl, D Gross, M Reiher


Strongly correlated non-equilibrium steady states with currents - quantum and classical picture

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL-SPECIAL TOPICS 227 (2018) 421-444

B Buca, T Prosen


Coherent Microwave-to-Optical Conversion via Six-Wave Mixing in Rydberg Atoms.

Physical review letters 120 (2018) 093201-

J Han, T Vogt, C Gross, D Jaksch, M Kiffner, W Li

We present an experimental demonstration of converting a microwave field to an optical field via frequency mixing in a cloud of cold ^{87}Rb atoms, where the microwave field strongly couples to an electric dipole transition between Rydberg states. We show that the conversion allows the phase information of the microwave field to be coherently transferred to the optical field. With the current energy level scheme and experimental geometry, we achieve a photon-conversion efficiency of ∼0.3% at low microwave intensities and a broad conversion bandwidth of more than 4 MHz. Theoretical simulations agree well with the experimental data, and they indicate that near-unit efficiency is possible in future experiments.


Ground-state phase diagram of the one-dimensional t-J model with pair hopping terms

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 98 (2018) ARTN 035116

JR Coulthard, SR Clark, D Jaksch


Unifying neural-network quantum states and correlator product states via tensor networks

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical IOP Publishing 51 (2018) 135301-135301

SR Clark


Revealing missing charges with generalised quantum fluctuation relations.

Nature communications 9 (2018) 2006-

J Mur-Petit, A Relaño, RA Molina, D Jaksch

The non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems is one of the most fascinating problems in physics. Open questions range from how they relax to equilibrium to how to extract useful work from them. A critical point lies in assessing whether a system has conserved quantities (or 'charges'), as these can drastically influence its dynamics. Here we propose a general protocol to reveal the existence of charges based on a set of exact relations between out-of-equilibrium fluctuations and equilibrium properties of a quantum system. We apply these generalised quantum fluctuation relations to a driven quantum simulator, demonstrating their relevance to obtain unbiased temperature estimates from non-equilibrium measurements. Our findings will help guide research on the interplay of quantum and thermal fluctuations in quantum simulation, in studying the transition from integrability to chaos and in the design of new quantum devices.


A polynomial Ansatz for norm-conserving pseudopotentials.

Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal 30 (2018) 275501-275501

M Kiffner, D Jaksch, D Ceresoli

We show that efficient norm-conserving pseudopotentials for electronic structure calculations can be obtained from a polynomial Ansatz for the potential. Our pseudopotential is a polynomial of degree ten in the radial variable and fulfils the same smoothness conditions imposed by the Troullier-Martins method (TM) (1991 Phys. Rev. B 43 1993) where pseudopotentials are represented by a polynomial of degree twenty-two. We compare our method to the TM approach in electronic structure calculations for diamond and iron in the bcc structure and find that the two methods perform equally well in calculations of the total energy. However, first and second derivatives of the total energy with respect to atomic coordinates converge significantly faster with the plane wave cutoff if the standard TM potentials are replaced by the pseudopotentials introduced here.


Probing microscopic models for system-bath interactions via parametric driving

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 98 (2018) ARTN 012122

ASD Dietrich, M Kiffner, D Jaksch

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