Detecting quantum phase transitions of photons through a defect cavity

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The quantum phase transition of photons between the Mottinsulating and superfluid states can take place in a periodic array of nanocavities, where the photons are strongly coupled to a two-level system inside each cavity. Here we consider a defect cavity inside the array structure and examine the dynamics of the corresponding photons using the non-equilibrium formalism. The global signatures of the phase transition, such as the compressibility and order parameter, are revealed in the defect-cavity photon number. Furthermore, an open electron transport device (a transport qubit) can be embedded in the defect cavity for the detection of the quantum phase transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083036
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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