Magnon-Phonon Quantum Correlation Thermometry

29 Jan 2020  ·  Potts C. A., Bittencourt V. A. S. V., Kusminskiy S. Viola, Davis J. P. ·

A large fraction of quantum science and technology requires low-temperature environments such as those afforded by dilution refrigerators. In these cryogenic environments, accurate thermometry can be difficult to implement, expensive, and often requires calibration to an external reference... Here, we theoretically propose a primary thermometer based on measurement of a hybrid system consisting of phonons coupled via a magnetostrictive interaction to magnons. Thermometry is based on a cross-correlation measurement in which the spectrum of back-action driven motion is used to scale the thermomechanical motion, providing a direct measurement of the phonon temperature independent of experimental parameters. Combined with a simple low-temperature compatible microwave cavity read-out, this primary thermometer is expected to become a popular thermometer for experiments below 1 K. read more

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