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Toward remote ion-ion entanglement with barium
Author(s): Thomas W. Noel; Carolyn Auchter; Chen-Kuan Chou; Boris B. Blinov
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Paper Abstract

We present work toward remote entanglement of barium ions in traps separated by a few meters. A new version of an ion trap specialized for remote entanglement is introduced. The new trap allows for highly efficient collection of ion fluorescence while simultaneously minimizing ion micromotion and aligning the trap position precisely to the focus of an in-vacuum parabolic mirror by using a set of bias electrodes and a piezoelectric micro-positioning system. The success rate of the remote entanglement procedure depends strongly on the efficiency with which ion fluorescence can be coupled into an optical fiber. Characterization of our system in terms of ion fluorescence collection and fiber coupling efficiency is presented. Results demonstrating entanglement between a single barium ion and single spontaneously emitted photons are shown. The entanglement fidelity of the ion-photon state is measured to be 0.84(1) and a CHSH Bell signal of 2.303(36) finds violation of the CHSH version of the Bell inequality by over eight standard deviations. Barium’s relatively long wavelength transitions make it an ideal candidate for our longer term goal of remote entanglement of ions separated by a kilometer or more. Such long distance remote entanglement should allow for a loophole-free verification of the violation of the Bell inequality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9377, Advances in Photonics of Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication VIII, 93770Z (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2183522
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas W. Noel, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Carolyn Auchter, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Chen-Kuan Chou, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Boris B. Blinov, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9377:
Advances in Photonics of Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication VIII
Zameer Ul Hasan; Philip R. Hemmer; Hwang Lee; Alan L. Migdall, Editor(s)

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