Ultrafast optical manipulation of single electron spins in quantum dots

Most schemes for quantum information processing require fast single qubit operations as well as initialization and read-out steps. Here we describe recent experimental realizations of schemes for time-resolved initialization, coherent control, and read-out of a single electron spin state in an individual quantum dot using all-optical techniques. The spin state is manipulated via the optical Stark effect using off-resonant, picosecond-scale optical pulses. The coherent rotation of a single electron spin state through arbitrary angles up to π radians is demonstrated, constituting a single qubit gate. This spin manipulation is directly monitored using time-resolved Kerr rotation spectroscopy allowing for the observation of the coherent evolution of a single electron spin state in time as well as revealing the spin lifetime and g-factor. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Cited Authors

  • Mikkelsen, MH; Berezovsky, J; Awschalom, DD

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 149 / 35-36

Start / End Page

  • 1451 - 1457

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-1098

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ssc.2009.04.038