Relativistic Measurement Backaction in the Quantum Dirac Oscillator
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Phys
Univ Arizona, Coll Opt Sci
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PublisherAMER PHYSICAL SOC
CitationZhang, Keye & Zhou, Lu & Meystre, Pierre & Zhang, Weiping. (2018). Relativistic Measurement Backaction in the Quantum Dirac Oscillator. Physical Review Letters. 121. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.110401.
JournalPHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
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AbstractAn elegant method to circumvent quantum measurement backaction is the use of quantum mechanics free subsystems (QMFS), with one approach involving the use of two oscillators with effective masses of opposite signs. Since negative energies, and hence masses, are a characteristic of relativistic systems a natural question is to what extent QMFS can be realized in this context. Using the example of a one-dimensional Dirac oscillator we investigate conditions under which this can be achieved, and identify Zitterbewegung or virtual pair creation as the physical mechanism that fundamentally limits the feasibility of the scheme. We propose a tabletop implementation of a Dirac oscillator system based on a spin-orbit coupled ultracold atomic sample that allows for a direct observation of the corresponding analog of virtual pair creation on quantum measurement backaction.
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SponsorsNational Key Research and Development Program of China [2016YFA0302001]; National Natural Science Foundation of China [11574086, 91436211, 11654005, 11234003, 11374003]; Shanghai Rising-Star Program [16QA1401600]; Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality [16DZ2260200]