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Slowing Quantum Decoherence by Squeezing in Phase Space

Abstract : Non-Gaussian states, and specifically the paradigmatic cat state, are well known to be very sensitive to losses. When propagating through damping channels, these states quickly lose their nonclassical features and the associated negative oscillations of their Wigner function. However, by squeezing the superposition states, the decoherence process can be qualitatively changed and substantially slowed down. Here, as a first example, we experimentally observe the reduced decoherence of squeezed optical coherent-state superpositions through a lossy channel. To quantify the robustness of states, we introduce a combination of a decaying value and a rate of decay of the Wigner function negativity. This work, which uses squeezing as an ancillary Gaussian resource, opens new possibilities to protect and manipulate quantum superpositions in phase space.
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H Le Jeannic, A Cavaillès, K Huang, R Filip, J Laurat. Slowing Quantum Decoherence by Squeezing in Phase Space. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2018, 120, ⟨10.1103/physrevlett.120.073603⟩. ⟨hal-03269647⟩



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