Research report 2011 - Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Quantum particles put under the microscope
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching
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.
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