Spin-Nematic Squeezing in a Spin-1 BEC

Spin-Nematic Squeezing in a Spin-1 BEC

Squeezed states allow interferometers to surpass the standard quantum limit of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.  Here we study spin-nematic squeezing of a spin-1 condensate following a quench through a nematic-ferromagnetic quantum phase transition.  We observe up to -8.3 dB squeezing in the variance of the spin-nematic quadratures.  This squeezing is observed for negligible occupation of the squeezed modes and is analogous to optical two-mode vacuum squeezing [1].

1. C.D. Hamley, C.D. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, E.M. Bookjans, and M.S. Chapman, “Spin-Nematic Squeezed Vacuum in a Quantum Gas,” To appear in Nature...

Date

February 9, 2012 - 9:00am

Location

Howey N110

Squeezed states allow interferometers to surpass the standard quantum limit of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.  Here we study spin-nematic squeezing of a spin-1 condensate following a quench through a nematic-ferromagnetic quantum phase transition.  We observe up to -8.3 dB squeezing in the variance of the spin-nematic quadratures.  This squeezing is observed for negligible occupation of the squeezed modes and is analogous to optical two-mode vacuum squeezing [1].

1. C.D. Hamley, C.D. Gerving, T.M. Hoang, E.M. Bookjans, and M.S. Chapman, “Spin-Nematic Squeezed Vacuum in a Quantum Gas,” To appear in Nature Phys.