Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Quantum Control Engineering using Trapped Ions

Professor Michael Biercuk, University of Sydney
Engineering Quadrangle, B205
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 4:30pm

Technologies fundamentally enabled by quantum mechanics are poised to transform a broad range of applications from computation to precision metrology over the coming decades.  This talk will introduce an exciting new field of research which is seeing concepts from control engineering – the discipline that underlies everything from thermostats to self-driving vehicles – translated to the domain of quantum mechanics in an effort to realize the full potential of engineered quantum technologies.  We will focus on the unique capabilities provided by a real quantum technology - trapped ions - in which individual atoms may be confined, manipulated, and coupled together all while preserving and exploiting quantum coherent phenomena.  We will present a view of the future development of quantum technology by highlighting a range of new research directions in quantum control using trapped ions as a model quantum system.  This work demonstrates the tantalizing possibilities of how quantum control can be leveraged to overcome some of the most challenging problems in quantum engineering, and even provide totally new functionality to quantum systems.