My research focusses on bridging theory and experiments towards the realization of continuous-variable (CV) quantum information processing (QIP) tasks. The phrase CV refers to the use of systems described by infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces, most commonly consisting of collections of harmonic oscillators, such as modes of the electromagnetic field (and hence sometimes called qumodes).
My current research interests include universal computation with CV systems, bosonic error correcting codes and fault tolerance.
My previous work was largely inspired by the experimental setup built in the multi-mode quantum optics group at Kastler Brossel Laboratory in Paris where I completed my PhD. This setup can be used to produce squeezed states of light from optical frequency combs and nonlinear optical media. Such states can further be made non-Gaussian (which is essential for continuous-variable) through mode-selective photon subtraction.
These features are also available in a variety of other systems studied for CV-QIP. My contributions can be loosely divided in three main branches: Engineering multi-mode squeezed states, including Non-Gaussian operations, and Quantum information protocols with realistic technology. These are detailed below.
Engineering multi-mode squeezed states
Squeezed states are states of light displaying some genuinely quantum features. They constitute the base of many CV-QIP prototols, sucn as quantum teleportation as they can be used to deterministically produce entangled states. They are relatively easy to produce in the laboratory sending light (pump field) through a nonlinear crystal. When the pump field is a frequency comb, containing many individual frequencies, the output state is a mulltimode entangled state across a broad spectrum. Changing the spectrum of the pump and chossing the detection system appropriately allows to modify the output state and use it for QIP. I have worked on characterizing the class of states that can be achieved and on optimizing the setup to produce interesting states for QIP.
Reconfigurable optical implementation of quantum complex networks.
J. Nokkala, F. Arzani, F. Galve, R. Zambrini, S. Maniscalco, J. Piilo, N. Treps, V. Parigi.
New Journal of Physics 20 (5), 053024 (2018). arXiv:1708.08726
Versatile engineering of multimode squeezed states by optimizing the pump spectral profile in spontaneous parametric down-conversion.
F. Arzani, C. Fabre, N. Treps.
Physical Review A 97 (3), 033808 (2018). arXiv:1709.10055
Despite their usefulness, squeezed states have some limitations. Namely, they belong to the realm of so-called Gaussian resources. It is known that such resources alone *cannot speed up computations with respect to ordinary classical computers. Moreover, Gaussian states cannot In order to obtain a quantum advantage for this kind of task one need to include some non-Gaussian resource. Single-photon operations, such as detecting a single photon or subtracting a single photon from a squeezed state, are among the easiest to realize on light beams. I have worked on making use of these operations to encode and process information.
Violating Bell inequalities with entangled optical frequency combs and multi-pixel homodyne detection.
W. N. Plick, F. Arzani, N. Treps, E. Diamanti, D. Markham
Physical Review A 98 (6), 062101 (2018). arXiv:1805.06059
Quantum information protocols
Among the motivations for studying quantum systems, and also one of the of the reasons why they received much attention in the past decades, is the promise they hold for dramatically improving the performance of communications and computing. Although possible in theory, most proposals for useful applications remain challenging to implement due to technological limitations. Some of my previous work was directed to devising protocols that may be realized with existing or near-term technology.
Multimode entanglement in reconfigurable graph states using optical frequency combs.
Y. Cai, J. Roslund, G. Ferrini, F. Arzani, X. Xu, C. Fabre, N. Treps.
Nature Communications 8, 15645 (2017). arXiv:1605.02303
Bosonic error correction and fault tolerance
Quantum systems are very shy: as soon as someone observes them, they stop displaying their most peculiar features. The observer need not be a sentient being, any uncontrolled interaction with their sorroundings can corrupt the state of quantum systems. This is especially bad if the state was supposed to encode some information to transmit or process, in which case uncontrolled interactions may result in errors. To overcome this problem some form of error correction must be used: instead of being directly printed onto some quantum system, information needs to be embedded into some larger space in such a way that it enjoys a certain screening from the typical interactions that may occur with the environment. Such interactions are modeled by a noise channel that depends on the environment and the embedding is called error correcting code. Bosonic codes are ways to embed finite systems (such as qubits) into infinite dimensional ones. In particular, I am interested in so-called Gottesman-Kitaev-Preskill codes, named after their inventors, and their use in fault-tolerant quantum computation schemes. This refers to the physically realistic scenario where not only the state itself, but any component of a device (logic gates, measurements) can be faulty, which poses additional challenges to the correct completion of QIP tasks.