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Transcript
3:30 pm • Friday December 2, 2011 • 2241 Chamberlin Hall • Coffee at 4:30 pm
Jason
Petta
Princeton University
Department of Physics Colloquium
Strong-Arming Electron Spin Dynamics
O
ver ten years ago, Daniel Loss and David DiVincenzo
proposed using the spin of a single electron as a
quantum bit. At the time of the proposal, it was not
possible to trap a single electron in a device and measure its
spin, let alone demonstrate control of quantum coherence.
In this talk I will describe recent progress in the field, focusing
on two new methods for single spin control that have been
developed by my group at Princeton. The first method is based
on quantum interference and implements spin-interferometry
on a chip. The second method utilizes the strong spinorbit coupling of InAs. By shifting the orbital position of the
electronic wavefunction at gigahertz frequencies, we can
control the orientation of a single electron spin and measure
the full g-tensor, which exhibits a large anisotropy due to spinorbit interactions. Both methods for single spin control are
orders of magnitude faster than conventional electron spin
resonance and allow investigations of single spin coherence in
the presence of fluctuating nuclear and spin-orbit fields.
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