Recent News

Emerging Talents: Florian Fröwis

The Editorial Board of Journal of Physics A has selected Florian Fröwis to contribute to the special issue: Emerging Talents as part of the Journal of Physics series’ 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017. His paper “Lower bounds on the size of general Schrödinger-cat states from experimental data” was now published in this special issue.







 

Temporal multimode storage of entangled photons

Our paper demonstrating the multimode storage of two entangled photons in the solid-state quantum memory recently has been published in Physical Review Letters. Our results conclusively demonstrate the capability of the rare-earth ion doped crystals for future multiplexed quantum communication over the long distances.

This work was a collaboration between several groups, Nicolas Brunner and Marcus Huber here in Geneva on the theory side, and experimentally, Sae Woo Nam's group in NIST and Francesco Marsilli's group at JPL, whose superconducting single photon detectors we used for the experiment.

 

Сommenting on the famous Bell’s inequalities

PhysicsWorld.com publishes comments written by Prof. Nicolas Gisin about the new book "John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics: Vision and Integrity" by Andrew Whitaker. While the debate over quantum theory between the supremely famous physicists, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, appeared to have become sterile in the 1930s, Bell was able to revive it and to make crucial advances - Bell's Theorem or Bell's Inequalities. The book describes not only his major contributions to quantum theory, but also his relatively humble origins and struggles to obtain secondary and university education.








 

Video - Guest Lecture Quantum key distribution in practice

In the recent video lecture Professor Nicolas Gisin and Dr. Matthieu Legré introduce to the practical implementations of Quantum Key Distribution in ID-Quantique and its commercialisation efforts. They explain the commercial side of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) and their impact for modern technologies.






 

TV Interview - La téléportation quantique

In an interview at Radio Télévision Suisse professor Nicolas Gisin, discusses the quantum teleportation phenomena and its influence to future quantum technologies.




 

High-Precision Measurement of the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya Interaction between Two Rare-Earth Ions in a Solid

Our recent paper published in Physical Review Letters has been highlighted as an Editor's Suggestion. There we report on a direct measurement of the pairwise antisymmetric exchange interaction between two rare earth ions in a solid-state material. This interaction is also known as Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction (DMI) and is fundamentally important magnetic phenomena.

To study it we measure electron spin resonance on Nd$^{3+}$ doped single crystals of YVO$_4$ to directly reveal the pairwise anti-symmetric exchange interaction or DMI.








 

Light-Matter Micro-Macro Quantum Correlations

Quantum mechanics predicts microscopic phenomena with undeniable success. Nevertheless, current theoretical and experimental efforts still do not yield conclusive evidence that there is or is not a fundamental limitation on the possibility to observe quantum phenomena at the macroscopic scale.

In a recent publication in Physical Review Letters, we report on the generation of entangled state which involves the superposition of two macroscopically distinguishable solid-state components composed of several tens of atomic excitations. Our experiment is clearly demonstrating micro-macro light-matter entanglement.

 

Unfounded arXiv rejection of preprints

The Nature News highlights the discussion about arXiv screening policies which was triggered by the blog post written by Prof. Nicolas Gisin in December 2015. It describes the incident of an unsuccessful publication by two of his students on arXiv. The preprint was rejected by the moderators without reasonable justification. Professor Gisin indicates that such practice can have a big impact on young researchers’ careers.





 

Inspired by light 2015: Blog book

Popular article "Teleporting light" written by Felix Bussieres was selected to be a part of a book "Inspired by Light: Reflections from the International Year of Light 2015". It comprises various contributions to the blog devoted to the International Year of Light (IYL 2015) and was published by SPIE in January 2016.



 

Physics Today article on the photonic quantum memories

Communication through optical fibers has revolutionized the way people access information and has given rise to the network of connected computer nodes known as the internet. The photons that traverse the fibers are also nearly ideal carriers of quantum information. Today physicists are developing the technologies needed for a quantum version of the information network, which might be used for, among other applications, long-distance cryptography, distributed quantum computing, and remote sensing.

Quantum memories, another key building block, would act as the nodes where the photons—or rather, their quantum states—are temporarily stored while the system completes some other processing in the network. The quantum state of a photon can be transferred to a single trapped atom or to a bunch of atoms in a gas or solid and be stored for later release on demand. The spectacular progress in this field is discussed in our recent article published in Physics Today journal.