Breakdown of the cross-Kerr scheme for photon counting...

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Breakdown of the cross Kerr scheme for photon counting

The Chalmers SOLID group recently published an article in Physical Review Letters in which they show, in the context of single-photon detection, that an atomic three-level model for a transmon in a transmission line does not support the predictions of the nonlinear polarizability model known as the cross-Kerr effect. The group managed to demonstrate that the induced displacement of a probe in the presence or absence of a single photon in the signal field, cannot be resolved above the quantum noise in the probe. This strongly suggests that cross-Kerr media are not suitable for photon counting or related single-photon applications, a conclusion that also applies to optical systems.