Quantum superpositions of flow states on a ring

Rina Kanamoto, Ewan M Wright

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We propose a scheme to generate quantum superpositions of macroscopically distinct flow states of ultracold atoms on a ring using Raman coupling employing a quantized laser field that is a cat-like superposition of optical vortices with opposite winding numbers. For atoms initially in their ground state and entangled optical vortices of coherent states this scheme can produce a superposition of rotating and non-rotating states. We find fidelities of the quantum superpositions around 0.9 even before optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064011
JournalJournal of Optics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011



  • cat state
  • Optical vortices
  • quantum superposition
  • Raman coupler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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