Observation of a dissipation-induced classical to quantum transition

J. Raftery, D. Sadri, S. Schmidt, H. E. Tu¨reci, A. A. Houck

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Here, we report the experimental observation of a dynamical quantum phase transition in a strongly interacting open photonic system. The system studied, comprising a Jaynes-Cummings dimer realized on a superconducting circuit platform, exhibits a dissipation-driven localization transition. Signatures of the transition in the homodyne signal and photon number reveal this transition to be from a regime of classical oscillations into a macroscopically self-trapped state manifesting revivals, a fundamentally quantum phenomenon. This experiment also demonstrates a small-scale realization of a new class of quantum simulator, whose well-controlled coherent and dissipative dynamics is suited to the study of quantum many-body phenomena out of equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 031043
JournalPhysical Review X
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Condensed matter physics
  • Photonics
  • Quantum physics


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