Simulating Programmable Frustrated Spin Systems with a Trapped Ion Quantum Simulator

Dr. Kazi R. Islam (hosted by Kater Murch), Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Canada
April 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm
241 Compton
Event Description 

Laser-cooled trapped ions are among the most versatile experimental platforms for quantum simulation, where its time evolution can be programmed to follow a prescribed Hamiltonian. Internal (e.g. hyperfine) states of ions constitute well isolated qubits or spin-1/2 states with long coherence. Individual spins can be initialized and detected optically with near perfection. Laser-driven coherent spin-phonon couplings allow us to simulate spin Hamiltonians, where the spin-spin interactions can be tuned in magnitude, range, and sign, and in principle can be made arbitrary. The extreme control over spin-spin interactions enable us to investigate a range of frustrated spin systems, where pairwise interactions compete with each other. In this talk, I will describe our experimental effort towards developing a Ytterbium ion based quantum simulator where the interaction graph between the spins can be arbitrarily programmed.


Coffee:  3:45 pm, 241 Compton