Quantum Floquet states and dynamical tunneling

Data simulates the quantum kicked top with a spin 3 system. The plot shows the 7 quantum Floquet states using the Husimi Q representation (basically, a way to visualize a quantum state). The movie shows the stroboscopic dynamics of an initially spin coherent state; in particular the state undergoes the phenomenon of dynamical tunneling. All plots are using the mollweide map projection. The results are similar to the following published paper, of which I am an author, however I have chosen to show different data for copyright reasons: Nature 461, 768-771 (8 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08396; Received 16 June 2009; Accepted 6 August 2009

Submitted by Aaron Smith, Ph.D. of the University of Arizona.