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WIU Physics Department Lecture Series on Nobel Prizes

Jan 29, 2013

WIU Physics Department Lecture Series on Nobel Prizes
Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems: Trapped Atomic Ions

Dr. James Rabchuk
Department of Physics
Western Illinois University
Currens Hall 205, WIU Campus, Macomb, IL
February 1, 2013, 4:00 pm

Abstract: The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two researchers, Serge Haroche and Dave Wineland, for their experimental work in measuring and manipulating individual quantum systems. I will focus on the work of Dave Wineland, in which he developed the necessary techniques for manipulating and measuring the quantum states of trapped atomic ions. The key developments in his work were the techniques for cooling multiple trapped ions down to their lowest possible energy state and for entangling these ions into a single "quantum system." I will describe for a general audience how these developments were achieved and their importance in the evolving field of quantum information science.

This lecture in in celebration of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics which was awarded to Serge Haroche and David Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."

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