TY - CONF
AB - We review our proof that in a scaling limit, the time evolution of a quantum particle in a static random environment leads to a diffusion equation. In particular, we discuss the role of Feynman graph expansions and of renormalization.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Salmhofer, Manfred
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
ID - 2702
TI - Feynman graphs and renormalization in quantum diffusion
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TY - JOUR
AB - The field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), traditionally studied in atomic systems, has gained new momentum by recent reports of quantum optical experiments with solid-state semiconducting and superconducting systems. In cavity QED, the observation of the vacuum Rabi mode splitting is used to investigate the nature of matter-light interaction at a quantum-mechanical level. However, this effect can, at least in principle, be explained classically as the normal mode splitting of two coupled linear oscillators. It has been suggested that an observation of the scaling of the resonant atom-photon coupling strength in the Jaynes-Cummings energy ladder with the square root of photon number n is sufficient to prove that the system is quantum mechanical in nature. Here we report a direct spectroscopic observation of this characteristic quantum nonlinearity. Measuring the photonic degree of freedom of the coupled system, our measurements provide unambiguous spectroscopic evidence for the quantum nature of the resonant atom-field interaction in cavity QED. We explore atom-photon superposition states involving up to two photons, using a spectroscopic pump and probe technique. The experiments have been performed in a circuit QED set-up, in which very strong coupling is realized by the large dipole coupling strength and the long coherence time of a superconducting qubit embedded in a high-quality on-chip microwave cavity. Circuit QED systems also provide a natural quantum interface between flying qubits (photons) and stationary qubits for applications in quantum information processing and communication.
AU - Johannes Fink
AU - Göppl, M
AU - Baur, Matthias P
AU - Bianchetti, R
AU - Leek, Peter J
AU - Blais, Alexandre
AU - Wallraff, Andreas
ID - 1763
IS - 7202
JF - Nature
TI - Climbing the Jaynes-Cummings ladder and observing its √n nonlinearity in a cavity QED system
VL - 454
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TY - JOUR
AB - High quality on-chip microwave resonators have recently found prominent new applications in quantum optics and quantum information processing experiments with superconducting electronic circuits, a field now known as circuit quantum electrodynamics (QED). They are also used as single photon detectors and parametric amplifiers. Here we analyze the physical properties of coplanar waveguide resonators and their relation to the materials properties for use in circuit QED. We have designed and fabricated resonators with fundamental frequencies from 2 to 9 GHz and quality factors ranging from a few hundreds to a several hundred thousands controlled by appropriately designed input and output coupling capacitors. The microwave transmission spectra measured at temperatures of 20 mK are shown to be in good agreement with theoretical lumped element and distributed element transmission matrix models. In particular, the experimentally determined resonance frequencies, quality factors, and insertion losses are fully and consistently explained by the two models for all measured devices. The high level of control and flexibility in design renders these resonators ideal for storing and manipulating quantum electromagnetic fields in integrated superconducting electronic circuits.
AU - Göppl, M
AU - Fragner, A
AU - Baur, Matthias P
AU - Bianchetti, R
AU - Filipp, Stefan
AU - Johannes Fink
AU - Leek, Peter J
AU - Puebla, G
AU - Steffen, L. Kraig
AU - Wallraff, Andreas
ID - 1765
IS - 11
JF - Journal of Applied Physics
TI - Coplanar waveguide resonators for circuit quantum electrodynamics
VL - 104
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TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the linear stochastic Cauchy problem dX (t) =AX (t) dt +B dWH (t), t≥ 0, where A generates a C0-semigroup on a Banach space E, WH is a cylindrical Brownian motion over a Hilbert space H, and B: H → E is a bounded operator. Assuming the existence of a unique minimal invariant measure μ∞, let Lp denote the realization of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck operator associated with this problem in Lp (E, μ∞). Under suitable assumptions concerning the invariance of the range of B under the semigroup generated by A, we prove the following domain inclusions, valid for 1 < p ≤ 2: Image omitted. Here WHk, p (E, μinfin; denotes the kth order Sobolev space of functions with Fréchet derivatives up to order k in the direction of H. No symmetry assumptions are made on L p.
AU - Jan Maas
AU - van Neerven, Jan M
ID - 2120
IS - 4
JF - Infinite Dimensional Analysis, Quantum Probability and Related Topics
TI - On the domain of non-symmetric Ornstein-Uhlenbeck operators in banach spaces
VL - 11
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TY - JOUR
AB - Let H be a separable real Hubert space and let double struck F sign = (ℱt)t∈[0,T] be the augmented filtration generated by an H-cylindrical Brownian motion (WH(t))t∈[0,T] on a probability space (Ω, ℱ ℙ). We prove that if E is a UMD Banach space, 1 ≤ p < ∞, and F ∈ double struck D sign1,p(Ω E) is ℱT-measurable, then F = double struck E sign(F) + ∫0T Pdouble struck F sign(DF) dW H, where D is the Malliavin derivative of F and P double struck F sign is the projection onto the F-adapted elements in a suitable Banach space of Lp-stochastically integrable ℒ(H, E)-valued processes.
AU - van Neerven, Jan M
AU - Jan Maas
ID - 2121
JF - Electronic Communications in Probability
TI - A Clark-Ocone formula in UMD Banach spaces
VL - 13
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TY - JOUR
AB - We present an analytic model of thermal state-to-state rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields. The model is based on the Fraunhofer scattering of matter waves and requires Legendre moments characterizing the “shape” of the target in the body-fixed frame as its input. The electric field orients the target in the space-fixed frame and thereby effects a striking alteration of the dynamical observables: both the phase and amplitude of the oscillations in the partial differential cross sections undergo characteristic field-dependent changes that transgress into the partial integral cross sections. As the cross sections can be evaluated for a field applied parallel or perpendicular to the relative velocity, the model also offers predictions about steric asymmetry. We exemplify the field-dependent quantum collision dynamics with the behavior of the Ne–OCS(Σ1) and Ar–NO(Π2) systems. A comparison with the close-coupling calculations available for the latter system [Chem. Phys. Lett.313, 491 (1999)] demonstrates the model’s ability to qualitatively explain the field dependence of all the scattering features observed.
AU - Mikhail Lemeshko
AU - Friedrich, Břetislav
ID - 2146
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Chemical Physics
TI - An analytic model of rotationally inelastic collisions of polar molecules in electric fields
VL - 129
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TY - JOUR
AB - Homeostasis of internal carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2) levels is fundamental to all animals. Here we examine the CO2 response of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. This species inhabits rotting material, which typically has a broad CO2 concentration range. We show that well fed C. elegans avoid CO2 levels above 0.5%. Animals can respond to both absolute CO2 concentrations and changes in CO2 levels within seconds. Responses to CO2 do not reflect avoidance of acid pH but appear to define a new sensory response. Sensation of CO2 is promoted by the cGMP-gated ion channel subunits TAX-2 and TAX-4, but other pathways are also important. Robust CO2 avoidance in well fed animals requires inhibition of the DAF-16 forkhead transcription factor by the insulin-like receptor DAF-2. Starvation, which activates DAF-16, strongly suppresses CO2 avoidance. Exposure to hypoxia (<1% O2) also suppresses CO2 avoidance via activation of the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor HIF-1. The npr-1 215V allele of the naturally polymorphic neuropeptide receptor npr-1, besides inhibiting avoidance of high ambient O2 in feeding C. elegans, also promotes avoidance of high CO2. C. elegans integrates competing O2 and CO2 sensory inputs so that one response dominates. Food and allelic variation at NPR-1 regulate which response prevails. Our results suggest that multiple sensory inputs are coordinated by C. elegans to generate different coherent foraging strategies.
AU - Bretscher, A. J.
AU - Busch, K. E.
AU - de Bono, Mario
ID - 6146
IS - 23
JF - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
SN - 0027-8424
TI - A carbon dioxide avoidance behavior is integrated with responses to ambient oxygen and food in Caenorhabditis elegans
VL - 105
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TY - JOUR
AB - We calculate the E-polynomials of certain twisted GL(n,ℂ)-character varieties Mn of Riemann surfaces by counting points over finite fields using the character table of the finite group of Lie-type GL(n, q) and a theorem proved in the appendix by N. Katz. We deduce from this calculation several geometric results, for example, the value of the topological Euler characteristic of the associated PGL(n,ℂ)-character variety. The calculation also leads to several conjectures about the cohomology of Mn: an explicit conjecture for its mixed Hodge polynomial; a conjectured curious hard Lefschetz theorem and a conjecture relating the pure part to absolutely indecomposable representations of a certain quiver. We prove these conjectures for n=2.
AU - Tamas Hausel
AU - Rodríguez Villegas, Fernando
ID - 1460
IS - 3
JF - Inventiones Mathematicae
TI - Mixed Hodge polynomials of character varieties: With an appendix by Nicholas M. Katz
VL - 174
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TY - JOUR
AB - We report on the control of interaction-induced dephasing of Bloch oscillations for an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical lattice. We quantify the dephasing in terms of the width of the quasimomentum distribution and measure its dependence on time for different interaction strengths which we control by means of a Feshbach resonance. For minimal interaction, the dephasing time is increased from a few to more than 20 thousand Bloch oscillation periods, allowing us to realize a BEC-based atom interferometer in the noninteracting limit.
AU - Gustavsson, Mattias
AU - Haller, Elmar
AU - Mark, Manfred
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Rojas Kopeinig, Gabriel
AU - Nägerl, Hanns
ID - 1036
IS - 8
JF - Physical Review Letters
TI - Control of interaction-induced dephasing of bloch oscillations
VL - 100
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TY - JOUR
AB - We experimentally demonstrate Cs2 Feshbach molecules well above the dissociation threshold, which are stable against spontaneous decay on the time scale of 1s. An optically trapped sample of ultracold dimers is prepared in a high rotational state and magnetically tuned into a region with a negative binding energy. The metastable character of these molecules arises from the large centrifugal barrier in combination with negligible coupling to states with low rotational angular momentum. A sharp onset of dissociation with increasing magnetic field is mediated by a crossing with a lower rotational dimer state and facilitates dissociation on demand with a well-defined energy.
AU - Knoop, Steven
AU - Mark, Michael
AU - Ferlaino, Francesca
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Kraemer, Tobias
AU - Nägerl, Hanns
AU - Grimm, Rudolf
ID - 1037
IS - 8
JF - Physical Review Letters
TI - Metastable feshbach molecules in high rotational states
VL - 100
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TY - JOUR
AB - Molecular cooling techniques face the hurdle of dissipating translational as well as internal energy in the presence of a rich electronic, vibrational, and rotational energy spectrum. In our experiment, we create a translationally ultracold, dense quantum gas of molecules bound by more than 1000 wave numbers in the electronic ground state. Specifically, we stimulate with 80% efficiency, a two-photon transfer of molecules associated on a Feshbach resonance from a Bose-Einstein condensate of cesium atoms. In the process, the initial loose, long-range electrostatic bond of the Feshbach molecule is coherently transformed into a tight chemical bond. We demonstrate coherence of the transfer in a Ramsey-type experiment and show that the molecular sample is not heated during the transfer. Our results show that the preparation of a quantum gas of molecules in specific rovibrational states is possible and that the creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate of molecules in their rovibronic ground state is within reach.
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Haller, Elmar
AU - Gustavsson, Mattias
AU - Mark, Manfred
AU - Hart, Russell
AU - Bouloufa, Nadia
AU - Dulieu, Olivier
AU - Ritsch, Helmut
AU - Nägerl, Hanns
ID - 1039
IS - 5892
JF - Science
TI - Quantum gas of deeply bound ground state molecules
VL - 321
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TY - JOUR
AB - We give many examples of applying Bogoliubov's forest formula to iterative solutions of various nonlinear equations. The same formula describes an extremely wide class of objects, from an ordinary quadratic equation to renormalization in quantum field theory.
AU - Morozov, Alexei Y
AU - Maksym Serbyn
ID - 965
IS - 2
JF - Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
TI - Nonlinear algebra and Bogoliubov's recursion
VL - 154
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TY - JOUR
AB - Gene expression levels fluctuate even under constant external conditions. Much emphasis has usually been placed on the components of this noise that are due to randomness in transcription and translation. Here we focus on the role of noise associated with the inputs to transcriptional regulation; in particular, we analyze the effects of random arrival times and binding of transcription factors to their target sites along the genome. This contribution to the total noise sets a fundamental physical limit to the reliability of genetic control, and has clear signatures, but we show that these are easily obscured by experimental limitations and even by conventional methods for plotting the variance vs. mean expression level. We argue that simple, universal models of noise dominated by transcription and translation are inconsistent with the embedding of gene expression in a network of regulatory interactions. Analysis of recent experiments on transcriptional control in the early Drosophila embryo shows that these results are quantitatively consistent with the predicted signatures of input noise, and we discuss the experiments needed to test the importance of input noise more generally.
AU - Gasper Tkacik
AU - Gregor, Thomas
AU - Bialek, William S
ID - 3734
IS - 7
JF - PLoS One
TI - The role of input noise in transcriptional regulation
VL - 3
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TY - JOUR
AB - In the simplest view of transcriptional regulation, the expression of a gene is turned on or off by changes in the concentration of a transcription factor (TF). We use recent data on noise levels in gene expression to show that it should be possible to transmit much more than just one regulatory bit. Realizing this optimal information capacity would require that the dynamic range of TF concentrations used by the cell, the input/output relation of the regulatory module, and the noise in gene expression satisfy certain matching relations, which we derive. These results provide parameter-free, quantitative predictions connecting independently measurable quantities. Although we have considered only the simplified problem of a single gene responding to a single TF, we find that these predictions are in surprisingly good agreement with recent experiments on the Bicoid/Hunchback system in the early Drosophila embryo and that this system achieves approximately 90% of its theoretical maximum information transmission.
AU - Gasper Tkacik
AU - Callan,Curtis G
AU - Bialek, William S
ID - 3740
IS - 34
JF - PNAS
TI - Information flow and optimization in transcriptional regulation
VL - 105
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TY - JOUR
AB - It is widely acknowledged that detailed timing of action potentials is used to encode information, for example, in auditory pathways; however, the computational tools required to analyze encoding through timing are still in their infancy. We present a simple example of encoding, based on a recent model of time-frequency analysis, in which units fire action potentials when a certain condition is met, but the timing of the action potential depends also on other features of the stimulus. We show that, as a result, spike-triggered averages are smoothed so much that they do not represent the true features of the encoding. Inspired by this example, we present a simple method, differential reverse correlations, that can separate an analysis of what causes a neuron to spike, and what controls its timing. We analyze with this method the leaky integrate-and-fire neuron and show the method accurately reconstructs the model's kernel.
AU - Gasper Tkacik
AU - Magnasco, Marcelo O
ID - 3744
IS - 1-2
JF - Biosystems
TI - Decoding spike timing: The differential reverse-correlation method
VL - 93
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TY - JOUR
AB - Revealing the spectrum of combinatorial regulation of transcription at individual promoters is essential for understanding the complex structure of biological networks. However, the computations represented by the integration of various molecular signals at complex promoters are difficult to decipher in the absence of simple cis regulatory codes. Here we synthetically shuffle the regulatory architecture-operator sequences binding activators and repressors-of a canonical bacterial promoter. The resulting library of complex promoters allows for rapid exploration of promoter encoded logic regulation. Among all possible logic functions, NOR and ANDN promoter encoded logics predominate. A simple transcriptional cis regulatory code determines both logics, establishing a straightforward map between promoter structure and logic phenotype. The regulatory code is determined solely by the type of transcriptional regulation combinations: two repressors generate a NOR: NOT (a OR b) whereas a repressor and an activator generate an ANDN: a AND NOT b. Three-input versions of both logics, having an additional repressor as an input, are also present in the library. The resulting complex promoters cover a wide dynamic range of transcriptional strengths. Synthetic promoter shuffling represents a fast and efficient method for exploring the spectrum of complex regulatory functions that can be encoded by complex promoters. From an engineering point of view, synthetic promoter shuffling enables the experimental testing of the functional properties of complex promoters that cannot necessarily be inferred ab initio from the known properties of the individual genetic components. Synthetic promoter shuffling may provide a useful experimental tool for studying naturally occurring promoter shuffling.
AU - Kinkhabwala, Ali
AU - Guet, Calin C
ID - 3751
IS - 4
JF - PLoS One
TI - Uncovering cis regulatory codes using synthetic promoter shuffling
VL - 3
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Dentate gyrus granule cells transmit action potentials (APs) along their unmyelinated mossy fibre axons to the CA3 region. Although the initiation and propagation of APs are fundamental steps during neural computation, little is known about the site of AP initiation and the speed of propagation in mossy fibre axons. To address these questions, we performed simultaneous somatic and axonal whole-cell recordings from granule cells in acute hippocampal slices of adult mice at approximately 23 degrees C. Injection of short current pulses or synaptic stimulation evoked axonal and somatic APs with similar amplitudes. By contrast, the time course was significantly different, as axonal APs had a higher maximal rate of rise (464 +/- 30 V s(-1) in the axon versus 297 +/- 12 V s(-1) in the soma, mean +/- s.e.m.). Furthermore, analysis of latencies between the axonal and somatic signals showed that APs were initiated in the proximal axon at approximately 20-30 mum distance from the soma, and propagated orthodromically with a velocity of 0.24 m s(-1). Qualitatively similar results were obtained at a recording temperature of approximately 34 degrees C. Modelling of AP propagation in detailed cable models of granule cells suggested that a approximately 4 times higher Na(+) channel density ( approximately 1000 pS mum(-2)) in the axon might account for both the higher rate of rise of axonal APs and the robust AP initiation in the proximal mossy fibre axon. This may be of critical importance to separate dendritic integration of thousands of synaptic inputs from the generation and transmission of a common AP output.
AU - Schmidt-Hieber, Christoph
AU - Peter Jonas
AU - Bischofberger, Josef
ID - 3822
IS - 7
JF - Journal of Physiology
TI - Action potential initiation and propagation in hippocampal mossy fibre axons
VL - 586
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TY - JOUR
AB - Fast-spiking parvalbumin-expressing basket cells (BCs) represent a major type of inhibitory interneuron in the hippocampus. These cells inhibit principal cells in a temporally precise manner and are involved in the generation of network oscillations. Although BCs show a unique expression profile of Ca(2+)-permeable receptors, Ca(2+)-binding proteins and Ca(2+)-dependent signalling molecules, physiological Ca(2+) signalling in these interneurons has not been investigated. To study action potential (AP)-induced dendritic Ca(2+) influx and buffering, we combined whole-cell patch-clamp recordings with ratiometric Ca(2+) imaging from the proximal apical dendrites of rigorously identified BCs in acute slices, using the high-affinity Ca(2+) indicator fura-2 or the low-affinity dye fura-FF. Single APs evoked dendritic Ca(2+) transients with small amplitude. Bursts of APs evoked Ca(2+) transients with amplitudes that increased linearly with AP number. Analysis of Ca(2+) transients under steady-state conditions with different fura-2 concentrations and during loading with 200 microm fura-2 indicated that the endogenous Ca(2+)-binding ratio was approximately 200 (kappa(S) = 202 +/- 26 for the loading experiments). The peak amplitude of the Ca(2+) transients measured directly with 100 microm fura-FF was 39 nm AP(-1). At approximately 23 degrees C, the decay time constant of the Ca(2+) transients was 390 ms, corresponding to an extrusion rate of approximately 600 s(-1). At 34 degrees C, the decay time constant was 203 ms and the corresponding extrusion rate was approximately 1100 s(-1). At both temperatures, continuous theta-burst activity with three to five APs per theta cycle, as occurs in vivo during exploration, led to a moderate increase in the global Ca(2+) concentration that was proportional to AP number, whereas more intense stimulation was required to reach micromolar Ca(2+) concentrations and to shift Ca(2+) signalling into a non-linear regime. In conclusion, dentate gyrus BCs show a high endogenous Ca(2+)-binding ratio, a small AP-induced dendritic Ca(2+) influx, and a relatively slow Ca(2+) extrusion. These specific buffering properties of BCs will sharpen the time course of local Ca(2+) signals, while prolonging the decay of global Ca(2+) signals.
AU - Aponte, Yexica
AU - Bischofberger, Josef
AU - Peter Jonas
ID - 3825
IS - 8
JF - Journal of Physiology
TI - Efficient Ca(2+) buffering in fast-spiking basket cells of rat hippocampus
VL - 586
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TY - CONF
AB - We study the problem of generating a test sequence that achieves maximal coverage for a reactive system under test. We formulate the problem as a repeated game between the tester and the system, where the system state space is partitioned according to some coverage criterion and the objective of the tester is to maximize the set of partitions (or coverage goals) visited during the game. We show the complexity of the maximal coverage problem for non-deterministic systems is PSPACE-complete, but is NP-complete for deterministic systems. For the special case of non-deterministic systems with a re-initializing “reset” action, which represent running a new test input on a re-initialized system, we show that the complexity is coNP-complete. Our proof technique for reset games uses randomized testing strategies that circumvent the exponentially large memory requirement of deterministic testing strategies.
AU - Krishnendu Chatterjee
AU - de Alfaro, Luca
AU - Majumdar, Ritankar S
ID - 3878
TI - The complexity of coverage
VL - 5356
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TY - CONF
AB - Model checking software transactional memories (STMs) is difficult because of the unbounded number, length, and delay of concurrent transactions and the unbounded size of the memory. We show that, under certain conditions, the verification problem can be reduced to a finite-state problem, and we illustrate the use of the method by proving the correctness of several STMs, including two-phase locking, DSTM, TL2, and optimistic concurrency control. The safety properties we consider include strict serializability and opacity; the liveness properties include obstruction freedom, livelock freedom, and wait freedom.
Our main contribution lies in the structure of the proofs, which are largely automated and not restricted to the STMs mentioned above. In a first step we show that every STM that enjoys certain structural properties either violates a safety or liveness requirement on some program with two threads and two shared variables, or satisfies the requirement on all programs. In the second step we use a model checker to prove the requirement for the STM applied to a most general program with two threads and two variables. In the safety case, the model checker constructs a simulation relation between two carefully constructed finite-state transition systems, one representing the given STM applied to a most general program, and the other representing a most liberal safe STM applied to the same program. In the liveness case, the model checker analyzes fairness conditions on the given STM transition system.
AU - Guerraoui, Rachid
AU - Thomas Henzinger
AU - Jobstmann, Barbara
AU - Vasu Singh
ID - 4384
TI - Model checking transactional memories
ER -