Quantum Physics

Research report 2011 - Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Quantum particles put under the microscope

Authors

Kuhr, Stefan

Departments

Quantenvielteilchensysteme
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching

Summary
An ensemble of ultracold atoms in an optical lattice can behave like a superconductor or like an insulator. Scientists have now managed to observe this behavior with a microscope – atom by atom, lattice site by lattice site. Moreover, they have succeeded in addressing individual atoms on the lattice sites and changed their quantum state. This offers great perspectives for quantum information processing.

For the full text, see the German version.

 
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