Heisenberg-Limited Noisy Atomic Clock Using a Hybrid Coherent and Squeezed State Protocol

Year: 2020

Authors: Pezzè L., Smerzi A.

Autors Affiliation: INO CNR, QSTAR, Largo Enrico Fermi 2, I-50125 Florence, Italy; LENS, Largo Enrico Fermi 2, I-50125 Florence, Italy

Abstract: We propose a hybrid quantum-classical atomic clock where the interrogation of atoms prepared in a spin-coherent (or weakly squeezed) state is used to feed back one or more highly spin-squeezed atomic states toward their optimal phase-sensitivity point. The hybrid clock overcomes the stability of a single Ramsey clock using coherent or optimal spin-squeezed states and reaches a Heisenberg-limited stability while avoiding nondestructive measurements. When optimized with respect to the total number of particles, the protocol surpasses the state-of-the-art proposals that use Greenberger-Home-Zeilinger or NOON states. We compare analytical predictions with numerical simulations of clock operations, including correlated 1/f local oscillator noise.


Volume: 125 (21)      Pages from: 210503-1  to: 210503-7

More Information: We acknowledge funding of the project EMPIR-USOQS, EMPIR projects are cofunded by the European Union´s Horizon2020 research and innovation program and the EMPIR participating states. We also acknowledge support by the H2020 QuantERA ERA-NET Cofund QCLOCKS
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.210503

Citations: 23
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