On-Chip Quantum Interference of a Superconducting Microsphere

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Giulio Gasbarri, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Trieste
We propose and analyze an all-magnetic scheme to perform a Young’s double slit experiment with a micron-sized superconducting sphere of mass > ~ 10^13 amu. We show that its center of mass could be prepared in a spatial quantum superposition state with an extent of the order of half a micrometer. The scheme is based on magnetically levitating the sphere above a superconducting chip and letting it skate through a static magnetic potential landscape where it interacts for short intervals with quantum circuits. In this way, a protocol for fast quantum interferometry using quantum magnetomechanics is passively implemented. Such a table-top earth-based quantum experiment would operate in a parameter regime where gravitational energy scales become relevant. In particular, we show that the faint parameter-free gravitationally-induced decoherence collapse model, proposed by Diósi and Penrose, could be unambiguously falsified.
Pino, H., et al. "On-chip quantum interference of a superconducting microsphere." Quantum Science and Technology 3.2 (2018): 025001.