Quantum correlations in mesoscopic systems


Teh, Run Yan

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Quantum correlations are correlations that arise from a unique feature in quantum mechanics: quantum superposition. The most famous example of quantum superposition is the Schrodinger’s cat state, where a cat is in a state of neither dead nor alive before an observer determines the cat’s status. This is not what we expect. Nevertheless, quantum superposition and correlations are routinely created in the laboratories with microscopic systems involving atoms and light particles. Can this counterintuitive notion be realised in the macroscopic world? This thesis investigates this question by devising criteria that certify the existence of quantum correlations in mesoscopic/macroscopic systems. Powerful mathematical tools are used to simulate two quantum protocols in a mesoscopic system which have applications in quantum communication and computation.

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Margaret Reid

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Thesis (PhD)


Copyright © 2018 Run Yan Teh.

Thesis note

Submitted in total fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, 2018.