Graduate Lunch Talk: Zlatko Minev, Yale Applied Physics, “Do quantum jumps exist? An account on quantum jumps and trajectories”

Event time: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 3rd Floor Lounge See map
217 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

Let’s allow Schrödinger, in fiery opposition to Bohr and Heisenberg, to premise this abstract: “If all this damned quantum jumping were really here to stay, I should be sorry I ever got involved with quantum theory!”

Consider that Schrödinger’s equation is deterministic and nothing within its jurisdiction jumps. Yet, a milestone of experimental quantum physics is the very observation of jumps in a quantum atom. In this introductory presentation, we will explore the debate surrounding quantum jumps. This discussion will serve as a window into a modern theoretical vantage point on measurements in open quantum systems: quantum trajectories. Some of our insights from this modern theory serve as the basis of an ongoing experiment—which aims to add an experimental degree of objectivity to the long-standing debate. The experimental platform is based on superconducting artificial atoms and circuit quantum electrodynamics.