Fp.laussy.jpg Welcome to my Science blog. These are comments on results that could be (or even are) published.

Wading through the Hilbert space

The Hilbert space is a big place. In the words of Douglas Adams (?!):

Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real 'wow, that's big', time. Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.

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Wavefunction collapse at the Noches de los (muy jovenes) Investigadores (2016)

This year's European Research Night in Madrid (see [1]) was oriented to the very young public (at least this is how the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid understood it [2], and indeed a good fraction of the audience consisted of children).

Our group, that is generously funded by the EU, participated this year again to this event (see here for our last year input), this time with Elena, Carlos & Camilo impersonating herself, Schrödinger & Newton, respectively, to explain the "collapse of the quantum wavefunction" (see what Wikipedia says about that).

Explaining to young people a concept that is still not very well understood by the most experts in the field is a real challenge. This was brilliantly tackled with things that really collapse when probed hard enough: balloons.

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Exciting with quantum light

Exciting something with light is such a basic notion, it does not even have a proper subject classification. You would call that "optical excitation", for instance, but it's not something for which you would find a page on Wikipedia. Depending on whom you ask, the closest match could turn out to be something quite different. I would intuitively think of "spectroscopy", which however by far neither fully includes nor is fully included in the original concept.

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The HOM effect at the Noches de los Investigadores (2015)

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Elena explained the HOM effect at the 2015 edition (and 10th anniversary) of the European Researchers' Night in Madrid (see here for the local event) as part of the Squirrel project.

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Violation of classical inequalities by frequency filtering

Photon correlations are a resource for quantum information processing. If only for the particular case of quantum cryptography: at the single photon level, they can be used for the BB84 protocol. At the two-photon level, they can power the Ekert version[1] that relies on entanglement. It is one requisite if we are to develop a quantum technology to find, engineer and optimize photon correlations.

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Emitters of N-photon bundles

Take a light source. Any light source would do, but for convenience, let us consider a laser.

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Strong- and weak-coupling: a notion defined at resonance.

The energies of the dressed states of the dissipative Jaynes-Cummings model (refer to this page for notations) read:

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