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SU(3) Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg-Majorana interferometry with quantum triangles



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Abstract

Quantum triangles can work as interferometers. Depending on their geometric size and interactions between paths, “beats” and/or “steps”

patterns are observed. We show that when inter-level distances between level positions in quantum triangles periodically change with time, formation of beats and/or steps no longer depends only on the geometric size of the triangles but also on the characteristic frequency of the transverse signal. For large-size triangles, we observe the coexistence of beats and steps for moderated frequencies of the signal and for large frequencies a maximum of four steps instead of two as in the case with constant interactions are observed.

Small-size triangles also revealed counter-intuitive interesting dynamics for large frequencies of the field: unexpected two-step patterns are observed. When the frequency is large and tuned such that it matches the uniaxial anisotropy, three-step patterns are observed.

We have equally observed that when the transverse signal possesses a static part, steps maximize to six. These effects are semi-classically explained in terms of Fresnel integrals and quantum mechanically in terms of quantized fields with a photon-induced tunneling process. Our expressions for populations are in excellent agreement with the gross temporal profiles of exact numerical solutions. We compare the semi-classical and quantum dynamics in the triangle and establish the conditions for their equivalence.