Quantum science with microscopically-controlled arrays of alkaline-earth atoms
Quantum science with neutral atoms has seen great advances in the past two decades. Many of these advances follow from the development of new techniques for cooling, trapping, and controlling atomic samples. In this talk, I will describe ongoing work where we have explored a new type of atom - alkaline-earth(-like) atoms - for optical tweezer trapping, a technology which allows microscopic control of arrays of 100s to potentially 1000s of atoms. While their increased complexity leads to challenges, alkaline-earth atoms offer new scientific opportunities by virtue of their rich internal degrees of freedom. Combining features of these atoms with tweezer-based control has impacted multiple areas in quantum science, including quantum information processing, quantum simulation, and quantum metrology. --- Adam Kaufman is a JILA fellow and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD at JILA and later was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, before returning to Boulder in July, 2017. His group works in the area of quantum information science. In particular, they develop methods to microscopically control arrays of neutral atoms, and have studied how these tools may be used for metrology, quantum information processing, and many-body physics. --- Co-hosted with IBM Quantum Hub at NC State University and Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.