Generating non-classical states from spin coherent states via interaction with ancillary spins

Shane Dooley, Jaewoo Joo*, Timothy Proctor, Timothy P. Spiller

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The generation of non-classical states of large quantum systems has attracted much interest from a foundational perspective, but also because of the significant potential of such states in emerging quantum technologies. In this paper we consider the possibility of generating non-classical states of a system of spins by interaction with an ancillary system, starting from an easily prepared initial state. We extend previous results for an ancillary system comprising a single spin to bigger ancillary systems and the interaction strength is enhanced by a factor of the number of ancillary spins. Depending on initial conditions, we find - by a combination of approximation and numerics - that the system of spins can evolve to spin cat states, spin squeezed states or to multiple cat states. We also discuss some candidate systems for implementation of the Hamiltonian necessary to generate these non-classical states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications
Early online date9 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2015


  • multiple cat state
  • Schrödinger cat state
  • spin coherent state
  • spin squeezed state


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