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IQUIST/ICMT Special Seminar: "Harnessing exotic configuration spaces for quantum applications"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
190 ESB
Date
Feb 24, 2020   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Victor Albert, California Institute of Technology
Contact
Marjorie Gamel
E-Mail
mgamel@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3762
Views
121
Originating Calendar
Physics - IQUIST Seminar

The position states of the harmonic oscillator describe the location of a particle moving on the real line. Similarly, the phase difference between two superconductors on either side of a Josephson junction takes values in the configuration space of a particle on a circle. More generally, many physical systems can be described by a basis of “position states,” describing a particle moving on a more general configuration or state space. Most of this space is usually ignored due to the energy cost required to pin a particle to a precise “position”. However, as our control over quantum systems improves, utilizing more of this higher-energy space harbors benefits for protecting quantum information and probing quantum matter. I will discuss quantum applications taking advantage of state spaces associated with the harmonic oscillator, as well as molecular rotational and nuclear states.

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