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  • The Rochester Conferences on Coherence and Quantum Optics and the Quantum Information and Measurement meeting
  • OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optica Publishing Group, 2013),
  • paper W6.38
  • https://doi.org/10.1364/QIM.2013.W6.38

Self-calibrating tomography for non-unitary processes

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Abstract

We extend the idea of using a incompletely characterized process to do quantum state tomography by including the possibility that the process itself is not unitary. We study a to level atom whose dipole moment is unknown and that undergoes spontaneous emission and is irradiated by a laser whose phase and intensity can be controlled at will. We show that by using five different parameter settings of the electric field of the laser it is possible two reconstruct the state, and obtain the unknown spontaneous emission rate and dipole moment of the atom.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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