Quantum Logic with Trapped Molecular Ions
Thursday, October 25, 2018: Dipole-dipole interactions between closely-trapped polar molecules have long been proposed for quantum information processing with neutral molecules. This paper explores an extension of this idea to trapped molecular ions. The apparent challenge of polarizing the ions in the lab frame (since they are ions, a static field does not work since it will simply accelerate them out of the trap) is circumvented by using oscillating dipole. Continue reading.
Mr. Campbell goes to Washington
Thursday, October 18, 2018: UCLA hosted a quantum computing panel discussion in the House Science Committee Briefing Room to answer questions about quantum information science. Wes and Eric Hudson were on the panel along with Scott Aaronson (UT Austin), Jerome Luine (Northrop Grumman) and Hartmut Neven (Google). Continue reading.
Thursday, October 4, 2018: MFOCCs (Molecules Functionalized with Optical Cycling Centers) are new molecules with the unusual property that they retain atom-like scattering behavior despite the fact that the optically active atom is chemically bound to others. Species of this type would be capable of state preparation and readout for quantum information processing. Our group, in collaboration with 6 others, has begun a new project trying to implement these. Continue reading.
Paul Hamilton quoted in PC Magazine story about DARPA
Tuesday, September 4, 2018: In an article about DARPA's 60th anniversary, PC Magazine cites the trapped ion gyroscope project, along with a great quote by Paul about fundamental research. Paul's prestigous DARPA Young Faculty Award is providing partial support for the collaborative gyro project, as well as for other ground-breaking research into matter-wave interferometry in Paul's group. Continue reading.
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