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Thermal counting statistics in an atomic two-mode squeezed vacuum state
by M. Perrier, Z. Amodjee, P. Dussarrat, A. Dareau, A. Aspect, M. Cheneau, D. Boiron, C. I. Westbrook
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|As Contributors:||Marc Cheneau · Alexandre Dareau · Christoph Westbrook|
|Submitted by:||Westbrook, Christoph|
|Submitted to:||SciPost Physics|
|Subject area:||Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment|
We measure the population distribution in one of the atomic twin beams generated by four-wave mixing in an optical lattice. Although the produced two-mode squeezed state is pure, each individual mode is described as a statistical mixture. We confirm the prediction that the particle number follows an exponential distribution when only one spatio-temporal mode is selected. We also show that this distribution accounts well for the contrast of an atomic Hong--Ou--Mandel experiment.
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Submission & Refereeing History
- Report 2 submitted on 2019-06-19 02:23 by Anonymous
- Report 1 submitted on 2019-06-18 15:47 by Anonymous
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Anonymous Report 2 on 2019-5-28 Invited Report
1- well written.
1-Motivation not clearly stated.
This paper reports on the counting statistics of a source of atoms produced via a FWM process in an optical lattice. The authors aim is to show that the properties of their source match that of a set of two-mode squeezed vacuum states. They do this in two ways - confirming that the counting statistics of one of the correlated modes, follows thermal statistics, provided the binning used is less than the mode size, and secondly by matching the observed visibility in a HOM dip to that predicted for a two-mode squeezed vacuum source. Ultimately, the authors are interested in using their system to test Bell’s inequality. In order to do this difficult experiment efficiently the mode occupation is a critical parameter, as any such violation will depend on this. This is what motivates their experiment, although they leave it to the paper’s conclusion to elucidate this.
I believe the paper should be published, but I have a number of questions that should be addressed.
• Firstly, the paper needs better motivation. Please add a para about how the results here will specifically aid in the future Bell test.
• Page 3, Can the authors give an estimate of the expected mode size? Otherwise, how do we know that Figure 2 shows what the authors expect?
• Page 3, The authors say they eliminate cells with less than 0.135 particles per shot. This seems totally arbitrary, especially since the remaining cells only have 0.158 particles per shot (i.e. about 15% more). Can the authors please justify their reasoning for removing this data. Do their results with the additional cells, follow the same trend, but with larger error bars?
• What is meant in Figure 2: “Note that P (0) < 1, since the populations have been normalized.”
• Page 4 the authors state “The good agreement indicates that any distortion of the distribution due to detector saturation is negligible at the maximum present ﬂux level (5 particles in 0.25 ms over an area of 3 mm2).” This seems an odd statement to me, basically they are saying that because they observe what is predicted then “distortions” are thus not present. What if the distortions cause them to observe something that agrees with what they expect? The authors should just state that at this flux rate these type of detectors are expected to operate linearly (without saturation) – with a reference if possible.
• Page 4, I believe equation 3 is incorrect, should the (1+n/v)^v be (1+M/v)^-n ?
• Page 4, the authors state “It is also possible to give a formula for the expected count distribution in a volume containing a number of modes M by appropriately summing M identical thermal distributions.” – So M is both the number of modes and the number of thermal distributions – I am confused.
• Page 4, Can the authors not make an estimate about how many modes they average over based on what they know about their source. In such case is M=5.6 reasonable in that context?
• Page 6, what do the authors mean by “the average singles count rate”
Page 1, para 3 line 3 Replace “But” with “However”
Page 3, para 2 line 14 replace “dispersion” with “variation”
Figure 2, and anywhere else Replace “Count distribution” with “Counting statistics”
Page 5, Second last line “Two uncorrelated thermal…” -> “In contrast, two uncorrelated…”
Fig 4 replace “contrast” with “visibility”
Anonymous Report 1 on 2019-5-3 Invited Report
1 - Very clear and well written manuscript with appropriate figures.
2 - Basic theory is outlined sufficiently.
1 - Novelty of results is not made clear.
Perrier et. al. present an investigation of four-wave mixing in an optical lattice, specifically focused on characterizing the dynamically produced state as a two-mode squeezed vacuum. The main result is the measurement of the single-mode distribution function P(n) of the mode population n, which they demonstrate is consistent with the thermal distribution predicted by the entangled two-mode squeezed state. They also present data from an atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment (which they previously demonstrated elsewhere) and show that the visibility of the HOM `dip' is consistent with a simple model which assumes a two-mode squeezed vacuum as the input state and is thus characterized solely by the mean mode occupation <n>.
I have a few comments regarding the material in the paper. Overall, I find the paper is not clear in establishing what they regard as novel here. Specifically, whilst atomic four-wave mixing experiments are ideal to study P(n) (due to, e.g., the typically larger mode occupation compared to quantum optics experiments), this result has already been published for a two-mode squeezed vacuum in another atom-optics setup in arXiv:1807.07504 (as they note in the manuscript). Perhaps the authors might comment on whether there is a particular (in principle) advantage to the platform presented here: For example, does the tunability of the mode population in the optical lattice setup mean it might be easier to study the distribution P(n) beyond the undepleted pump regime presented here?
Further to this, I wonder if the authors could comment on whether there is the possibility of extracting further data to support their conclusion that the source state is indeed a two-mode squeezed vacuum. In particular, given the ability to extract histograms P(n) for a single mode (with additional averaging), is it possible to investigate the two-mode distribution P(n_1 + n_2) and observe evidence of an odd-even oscillatory behavior?
Overall, the paper is well written and the included results are discussed sufficiently. However, I would like the authors to respond to these points before I make a recommendation for publication.
1 - The authors should cite Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 240402 (2017) as well as Ref. 19. Here, the same group reports characterization of 3rd and 4th order correlations which are consistent with a two-mode squeezed vacuum source.
2 - The authors should give an estimate of the total depletion of the condensate. I understand that the experimental details can be found in previous publications, but the case for the resulting state being two-mode squeezed vacuum is based on the undepleted pump assumption!
3 - The observed and predicted visibility for this work are only just in agreement due to the error bars (attributed to fitting) in Table 1. Perhaps the authors could give a rough estimate of what additional sources of error (e.g., technical noise due to imperfect beam-splitters etc) might contribute so the result can be viewed with more confidence.