Simon C Webster

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A major challenge for a scalable quantum computing architecture is the faithful transfer of information from one node to another. We report on the realization of an atom-photon quantum interface based on an optical cavity, using it to entangle a single atom with a single photon and then to map the quantum state of the atom onto a second single photon. The(More)
Many schemes for implementing quantum information processing require that the atomic states used have a nonzero magnetic moment; however, such magnetically sensitive states of an atom are vulnerable to decoherence due to fluctuating magnetic fields. Dressing an atom with external fields is a powerful method of reducing such decoherence [N. Timoney et al.,(More)
We create entangled states of the spin and motion of a single 40Ca+ ion in a linear ion trap. We theoretically study and experimentally observe the behavior outside the Lamb-Dicke regime, where the trajectory in phase space is modified and the motional coherent states become squeezed. We directly observe the modification of the return time of the(More)
Vacuum-stimulated Raman transitions are driven between two magnetic substates of a 87Rb atom strongly coupled to an optical cavity. A magnetic field lifts the degeneracy of these states, and the atom is alternately exposed to laser pulses of two different frequencies. This produces a stream of single photons with alternating circular polarization in a(More)
Entanglement is one of the most fundamental properties of quantum mechanics, and is the key resource for quantum information processing (QIP). Bipartite entangled states of identical particles have been generated and studied in several experiments, and post-selected or heralded entangled states involving pairs of photons, single photons and single atoms, or(More)
Trapped ions are a promising tool for building a large-scale quantum computer. However, the number of required radiation fields for the realization of quantum gates in any proposed ion-based architecture scales with the number of ions within the quantum computer, posing a major obstacle when imagining a device with millions of ions. Here, we present a(More)
J. Randall,1,2 S. Weidt,1 E. D. Standing,1 K. Lake,1 S. C. Webster,1 D. F. Murgia,1,2 T. Navickas,1 K. Roth,1 and W. K. Hensinger1,* 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QH, United Kingdom 2QOLS, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2BW, United Kingdom (Received 5 September 2014; revised manuscript(More)
We propose and demonstrate experimentally the discrimination between two spin states of an atom purely on the basis of their angular momentum. The discrimination relies on angular momentum selection rules and does not require magnetic effects such as a magnetic dipole moment of the atom or an applied magnetic field. The central ingredient is to prevent by(More)