Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation of quantum states

DiGuglielmo, J., Messenger, C. , Fiurášek, J., Hage, B., Samblowski, A., Schmidt, T. and Schnabel, R. (2009) Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation of quantum states. Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 79, 032114. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.79.032114)

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Abstract

We apply a Bayesian data analysis scheme known as the Markov chain Monte Carlo to the tomographic reconstruction of quantum states. This method yields a vector, known as the Markov chain, which contains the full statistical information concerning all reconstruction parameters including their statistical correlations with no a priori assumptions as to the form of the distribution from which it has been obtained. From this vector we can derive, e.g., the marginal distributions and uncertainties of all model parameters, and also of other quantities such as the purity of the reconstructed state. We demonstrate the utility of this scheme by reconstructing the Wigner function of phase-diffused squeezed states. These states possess non-Gaussian statistics and therefore represent a nontrivial case of tomographic reconstruction. We compare our results to those obtained through pure maximum-likelihood and Fisher information approaches.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Messenger, Dr Christopher
Authors: DiGuglielmo, J., Messenger, C., Fiurášek, J., Hage, B., Samblowski, A., Schmidt, T., and Schnabel, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1050-2947
ISSN (Online):1094-1622

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