Our research into the field of quantum information

Learning to Utilize Correlated Auxiliary Noise: A Possible Quantum Advantage

We demonstrate that neural networks that process noisy data can learn to exploit, when available, access to auxiliary noise that is correlated with the noise on the data. In effect, the network learns to use the correlated auxiliary noise as an approximate key to decipher its noisy input data. Second, we show that, for this task, the scaling behavior with increasing noise is such that future quantum machines could possess an advantage. In particular, decoherence generates correlated auxiliary noise in the environment. The new approach could, therefore, help enable future quantum machines by providing machine-learned quantum error correction.

Superadditivity of channel capacity through quantum fields

Given that any communication is communication through quantum fields, we study here the scenario where a sender, Alice, causes information-carrying disturbances in a quantum field. We track the exact spread of these disturbances in space and time by using the technique of quantum information capsules (QIC). We find that the channel capacity between Alice and a receiver, Bob, is enhanced by Bob placing detectors not only inside but in addition also outside the causal future of Alice’s encoding operation. Intuitively, this type of superadditivity arises because the field outside the causal future of Alice is entangled with the field inside Alice’s causal future. Hence, the quantum noise picked up by Bob’s detectors outside Alice’s causal future is correlated with the noise of Bob’s detectors inside Alice’s causal future. In effect, this correlation allows Bob to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of those of his detectors which are in the causal future of Alice. Further, we develop the multimode generalization of the QIC technique. This allows us to extend the analysis to the case where Alice operates multiple localized and optionally entangled emitters. We apply the new techniques to the case where Alice enhances the channel capacity by operating multiple emitters that are suitably lined up and pretimed to generate a quantum shockwave in the field.

Transmission of quantum information through quantum fields

We investigate the quantum channel consisting of two localized quantum systems that communicate through a scalar quantum field. We choose a scalar field rather than a tensor or vector field, such as the electromagnetic field, in order to isolate the situation where the qubits are carried by the field amplitudes themselves rather than, for example, by encoding qubits in the polarization of photons. We find that suitable protocols for this type of quantum channel require the careful navigation of several constraints, such as the no-cloning principle, the strong Huygens principle and the tendency of short field-matter couplings to be entanglement breaking. We nonperturbatively construct a protocol for such a quantum channel that possesses maximal quantum capacity.

Probing geometric information using the Unruh effect in the vacuum

We present a new method by which, in principle, it is possible to “see in absolute darkness,” i.e., without exchanging any real quanta through quantum fields. This is possible because objects modify the mode structure of the vacuum in their vicinity. The new method probes the mode structure of the vacuum through the Unruh effect, i.e., by recording the excitation rates of quantum systems that are accelerated.

Quantum Shockwave Communication

We present a scheme to produce shockwaves in quantum fields by means of pretimed emitters. We find that by suitably pre-entangeling the emitters, the shockwave's energy density can be locally modulated and amplified. When the large amplitudes in such a shockwave are used for communication, the channel capacity depends not only on the signal-to-noise ratio but also on the effect that the entanglement of the emitters has on the correlations in the signal and in the quantum noise at the receiver. As a consequence, by choosing the entanglement of the emitters, the flow of information in the shockwave can be modulated and spatially shaped to some extent independently of the flow of energy. We also find that there exists a finite optimal strength of the coupling between the receiver and the quantum field which optimizes the channel capacity by optimizing the tradeoff between sensitivity to the signal and sensitivity to the coupling-induced quantum noise.

On the Unruh effect, trajectories and information

We calculate the trajectories which maximize the Unruh effect, mode by mode, when given a fixed energy budget for acceleration. We find that Unruh processes are most likely to occur, and therefore are potentially best observable, for certain trajectories whose acceleration is not uniform. In practice, the precise form of optimal trajectories depends on experimental bounds on how fast the acceleration can be changed. We also show that the Unruh spectra of arbitrarily accelerated observers contain the complete information to reconstruct the observers' trajectories.

Bioaugmentation Approaches for Suppression of Antibiotic Resistance: Model-Based Design

We present a systems modelling investigation of a bioaugmentation approach to suppression of antibiotic resistance. Bioaugmentation is the manipulation of an environment by the addition of biological agents. We investigate a strategy for limiting the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens by delivery of engineered genetic elements to a target pathogen population. This genetic payload can either trigger cell death or suppress the expression of antibiotic resistance genes and then be passed on to other cells. We present both deterministic (ordinary differential equation) and stochastic (master equation-based) models of the proposed strategy, using the mammalian gut as a representative environment.

Classicality of a quantum oscillator

Gaussian quantum systems exhibit many explicitly quantum effects but can be simulated classically. By using both the Hilbert space (Koopman) and the phase-space (Moyal) formalisms we investigate how robust this classicality is. We find failures of consistency of the dynamics of hybrid classical-quantum systems from both perspectives. By demanding that no unobservable operators couple to the quantum sector in the Koopmanian formalism, we show that the classical equations of motion act on their quantum counterparts without experiencing any back reaction, resulting in nonconservation of energy in the quantum system.

Measuring motion through relativistic quantum effects

We show that the relativistic signatures on the transition probability of atoms moving through optical cavities are very sensitive to their spatial trajectory. This allows for the use of internal atomic degrees of freedom to measure small time-dependent perturbations in the proper acceleration of an atomic probe, or in the relative alignment of a beam of atoms and a cavity.