Designed quantum states for metrology
Abstract/Short Project description
In this project, we develop methods to extend the excellent accuracy of single ion clocks to multi ion crystals. Increasing the number of particles, improves signal-to-noise ratio of the clock interrogation and therefore shortens the average times for clock interrogation. Entangling of the ions can reduce this further by surpassing the standard quantum limit.
Ion trap and crystals
We investigate 40Ca+-ions trapped in a segmented Paul trap with low excess micromotion . The compact and versatile setup  enables us to test methods to improve the statistical uncertainty of ion-based clocks, while maintaining their accuracy.
For suppressing of the motional frequency shifts emerging from residual ion motion, we employ different laser cooling technics. With doppler-cooling on the broad 397nm transition, temperatures in the mK range are reached. Further reduction in temperature is done with electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT)  cooling and/or pulsed sideband cooling. The advantages of the first are a fast cooling time, as well as a cooling over a large range of secular motional frequencies, thus several motion modes can get cooled at once. With the latter we archive the lowest motional mode excitation on the order of n≈0.02.
Continuous Dynamic Decoupling
The frequency stability of extended ion crystals suffers from several environmental perturbations.
For the 40Ca+ ions, the largest contributions are the Zeeman shift arising from magnet field fluctuations as well as inhomogeneous broadening like quadrupole (QPS) and tensor stark shift (TASS) caused by different electric field gradients along the ion crystal. We use a continuous dynamic decoupling scheme, to suppress these shifts . Designed rf-pulses are used to mix the Zeeman sublevels of the 729nm clock transition. The sensitive to environmental perturbations can be drastically reduced for the dressed states.
With this technic, we could show spectroscopy of the clock transition of a single ion close to the natural lifetime decay limit (see Fig. 3), as well as suppression of the QPS on a linear five ion crystal.
Entanglement gain for metrology
For entangled ions the statistical uncertainty of the clock interrogation is not limited by standard quantum projection noise (QPN). Depending on the degree of entanglement, the scaling of the uncertainty with the number of ions changes . We employ Mølmer-Sørensen gates to entangle two ions with high fidelity. With the help of single ion addressing pulses, we reach a decoherence free subspace (DFS), immune to environmental perturbations. We investigate the prospect of entangled ions for quantum metrology for a realistic scenario.
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