Spin-Nematic Squeezing in a Spin-1 BEC
February 9, 2012 - 9:00am
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 .
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