What better way to understand how something works than to assemble it from scratch? We aim to advance understanding of many-particle quantum systems by learning to assemble highly entangled states of laser-cooled atoms.

Prospects include:

Engineering novel quantum states requires sophisticated tools. Our experimental toolbox includes non-local interactions mediated by light in an optical cavity, and we are expanding it to include long-range interactions among Rydberg atoms. We are particularly interested in developing methods of optimal quantum control to exploit such interactions to maximal advantage.

Our high-finesse, near-concentric optical resonator enables strong and long-range interactions among atomic spins.

Optical lattices for quantum simulations with Rydberg atoms.