Quantum and classical nonlinear dynamics in a microwave cavity Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 Meaney et al. We consider a quarter wave coplanar microwave cavity terminated to ground via a superconducting quantum interference device. By modulating the flux through the loop, the cavity frequency is modulated. The flux is varied at twice the cavity frequency implementing a parametric driving of the cavity field. The cavity field also exhibits a large effective nonlinear susceptibility modelled as an effective Kerr nonlinearity, and is also driven by a detuned linear drive. We show that the semi-classical model corresponding to this system exhibits a fixed point bifurcation at a particular threshold of parametric pumping power. We show the quantum signature of this bifurcation in the dissipative quantum system. We further linearise about the below threshold classical steady state and consider it to act as a bifurcation amplifier, calculating gain and noise spectra for the corresponding small signal regime. Furthermore, we use a phase space technique to analytically solve for the exact quantum steady state. We use this solution to calculate the exact small signal gain of the amplifier.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Meaney, C. H., Nha, H., Duty, T., & Milburn, G. J.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Meaney, Charles H||Nha, Hyunchul||Duty, Timothy||Milburn, Gerard J

publication date

  • December 2014