Indexed on: 17 Mar '04Published on: 17 Mar '04Published in: Quantum Physics
A key element in the architecture of a quantum information processing network is a reliable physical interface between fields and qubits. We study a process of entanglement transfer engineering, where two remote qubits respectively interact with entangled two-mode continuous variable (CV) field. We quantify the entanglement induced in the qubit state at the expenses of the loss of entanglement in the CV system. We discuss the range of mixed entangled states which can be obtained with this set-up. Furthermore, we suggest a protocol to determine the residual entangling power of the light fields, inferring, thus, the entanglement left in the field modes which, after the interaction, are no longer in a Gaussian state. Two different set-ups are proposed: a cavity-QED system and an interface between superconducting qubits and field modes. We address in details the practical difficulties inherent in these two proposals, showing that the latter is promising under many aspects.