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Quantum optics with trapped ions – from single ion heat engines to ions in vortex laser fields (Prof. F. Schmidt-Kaler)

  • Datum: 20.06.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30 - 15:30
  • Vortragender: Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler
  • Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Arbeitsgruppe Cold Ions and Experimental Quantum Information
  • Raum: Herbert Walther Lecture Hall
  • Gastgeber: MPQ
Trapped single ions and ion crystal exhibit excellent control of the internal spin– and the external motional-degree of freedom. Multi-particle quantum entangled states are generated with high fidelity in view of a future quantum computer with trapped ions.

However, the model system of a trapped ion crystal may be employed for a wealth of applications: We investigate genuine solid-state effects such as defect formation [1]. We use single ultra-cold ions extracted from the trap to deterministically dope solids or sense structure at the nm-scale [2]. We operate a single ion heat engine [3] truly at the nano scale,with potential of reaching the quantum regime. We position single trapped ions in vortex light fields with orbital angular momentum and prove novel selection rules [4]. I describe the most recent results from the Mainz ion-trapping group and future perspectives.

Fig: Segment micro ion trap for quantum processing with 40Ca+ ions


[1] Ulm, et al., "Observation of the Kibble-Zurek scaling law for defect formation in ion crystals", Nat. Comm. 4, 2290 (2013)
[2] Jacob, et al., "Transmission Microscopy with Nanometer Resolution Using a Deterministic Single Ion Source ", PRL 117, 043001 (2016)
[3] Roßnagel, et al., "A single-atom heat engine", Science 352, 325 (2016)
[4] Schmiegelow et al., "Transfer of optical orbital angular momentum to a bound electron", Nat. Comm. 7, 12998 (2016)


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