Particles subject to confinement experience an attractive potential that increases without bound as they separate. A prominent example is colour confinement in particle physics, in which baryons and mesons are produced by quark confinement. Confinement can also occur in low-energy quantum many-body systems when elementary excitations are confined into bound quasiparticles. Here we report the observation of magnetic domain-wall confinement in interacting spin chains with a trapped-ion quantum simulator. By measuring how correlations spread, we show that confinement can suppress information propagation and thermalization in such many-body systems. We quantitatively determine the excitation energy of domain-wall bound states from the non-equilibrium quench dynamics. We also study the number of domain-wall excitations created for different quench parameters, in a regime that is difficult to model with classical computers. This work demonstrates the capability of quantum simulators for investigating high-energy physics phenomena, such as quark collision and string breaking. Long-range Ising interactions present in one-dimensional spin chains can induce a confining potential between pairs of domain walls, slowing down the thermalization of the system. This has now been observed in a trapped-ion quantum simulator.

}, issn = {1745-2473}, doi = {10.1038/s41567-021-01194-3}, author = {Tan, W. L. and Becker, P. and Liu, F. and Pagano, G. and Collins, K. S. and De, A. and Feng, L. and Kaplan, H. B. and Kyprianidis, A. and Lundgren, R. and Morong, W. and Whitsitt, S. and Gorshkov, A. V. and Monroe, C.} } @article { ISI:000553250400007, title = {Efficient Ground-State Cooling of Large Trapped-Ion Chains with an Electromagnetically-Induced-Transparency Tripod Scheme}, journal = {Phys. Rev. Lett.}, volume = {125}, number = {5}, year = {2020}, month = {JUL 29}, pages = {053001}, publisher = {AMER PHYSICAL SOC}, type = {Article}, abstract = {We report the electromagnetically-induced-transparency (EIT) cooling of a large trapped Yb-171(+) ion chain to the quantum ground state. Unlike conventional EIT cooling, we engage a four-level tripod structure and achieve fast sub-Doppler cooling over all motional modes. We observe simultaneous groundstate cooling across the complete transverse mode spectrum of up to 40 ions, occupying a bandwidth of over 3 MHz. The cooling time is observed to be less than 300 mu s, independent of the number of ions. Such efficient cooling across the entire spectrum is essential for high-fidelity quantum operations using trapped ion crystals for quantum simulators or quantum computers.}, issn = {0031-9007}, doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.053001}, author = {Feng, L. and Tan, W. L. and De, A. and Menon, A. and Chu, A. and Pagano, G. and Monroe, C.} }