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Physics Frontier Center News

May 2, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Turning on Frustration

This week’s issue of Science Magazine features new results from the research group of Christopher Monroe at the JQI, where they explored how to frustrate a quantum magnet comprised of sixteen atomic ions – to date the largest ensemble of qubits to perform a simulation of quantum matter.

March 31, 2013 | PFC | Research News

Quantum Dot Commands Light

All computers, even the future quantum versions, use logic operations or “gates,” which are the fundamental building blocks of computational processes. JQI scientists, led by Professor Edo Waks, have performed an ultrafast logic gate on a photon, using a semiconductor quantum dot.

March 7, 2013 | PFC | Research News

The Future of Ion Traps

Recently Science Magazine invited JQI fellow Chris Monroe and Duke Professor Jungsang Kim to speculate on ion trap technology as a scalable option for quantum information processing. The article is highlighted on the cover of this week’s (March 8, 2013) issue, which is dedicated to quantum information. The cover portrays a photograph of a surface trap that was fabricated by Sandia National Labs and used to trap ions at JQI and Duke, among other laboratories.

January 29, 2013 | PFC | Research News

An Ideal Material

An old material gets a new name, and with it, topological insulators have another chance to shine. Samarium hexaboride (SmB6) has been around since the late 1960s--but understanding its low temperature behavior has remained a mystery until recently. Experimentalists* have recently confirmed that this material is the first true 3D topological insulator—as originally predicted by JQI/CMTC theorists in 2010.

November 28, 2012 | PFC | Research News

The First Controllable Atom SQUID

PFC-supported scientists at JQI have created the first controllable atomic circuit that functions analogously to a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and allows operators to select a particular quantum state of the system at will.

June 19, 2012 | PFC | Research News

First Observation of the Hall Effect in a Bose-Einstein Condensate

NIST researchers have observed for the first time the Hall effect in a gas of ultracold atoms.

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