Quantum dissipative dynamics of the magnetic resonance force microscope in the single-spin detection limit

Hanno Gassmann, Mahn-Soo Choi, Hangmo Yi, C. Bruder

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We study a model of a magnetic resonance force microscope (MRFM) based on the cyclic adiabatic inversion technique as a high-resolution tool to detect single electron spins. We investigate the quantum dynamics of spin and cantilever in the presence of coupling to an environment. To obtain the reduced dynamics of the combined system of spin and cantilever, we use the Feynman-Vernon influence functional and get results valid at any temperature as well as at arbitrary system-bath coupling strength. We propose that the MRFM can be used as a quantum measurement device, i.e., not only to detect the modulus of the spin but also its direction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115419
Pages (from-to)1154191-11541912
Number of pages10387722
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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