Our research uses ultra-cold atoms and molecules to learn about the physical processes that permeate our world.
We are specifically focused on the physics of quantum information, which includes advanced sensing, simulation, and computing applications.
We use gas and liquid phase atoms and molecules as tiny computers to perform tasks that cannot be simulated on classical computers. Our approach is to focus on novel species and novel ways to control them to leverage the built-in "quantumness" of these molecules for higher performance in these applications.
February 2023: More than just a great name for a death metal band, a Weyl chamber ("vile chamber") can be defined that contains all two-qubit gates, with those that cannot be made equivalent through one-qubit gates at unique points. In preparation for the upcoming Winter School on QIS for Chemistry, you can make your own origami Weyl chamber here (print single-sided). Wes gives special thanks to Gavin E. Crooks and Birgitta Whaley for inspiring the idea.
Amanda Younes named
Optica Women Scholar
April 3, 2023: Optica (formerly OSA) has announced the 20 Optica Women Scholars for 2023, and undergraduate Amanda Youness is among the winners. Congratulations, Amanda!
A closer look at scattering
March 17, 2023: Qubits in trapped ion quantum processors are often manipulated using high-power, off-resonant laser light to drive what is known as a stimulated Raman transition. However, spontaneous photon scattering from this laser light can corrupt the information in the processor, and it is important to understand what the ultimate limits of fidelity with such lasers is. We have re-examined some of the assumptions used in previous work on this topic and found that a more-accurate model can be used to show that there is no fundamental limit from spontaneous Raman scattering during laser-driven gates. This result, which was recently published, is good news for the future of the platform.
science for high school students
March 6, 2023: We use Paul traps to levitate individual ions in quantum processors to isolate them from their room-temperature environment. An analogous system can be operated at 60 Hz in air to trap charged dust particles, and was just demonstrated by our student collaborator, Abraham Berke, from Coronado High School in Coronado, CA. The green line (indicated by an arrow) in the image shows the particle's trajectory as it oscillates back and forth through a hole in an annular electrode. Congratulations, Abraham -- Admiral Ackbar would approve of the trap you designed and built!