Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices: Simulating quantum many-body systems

Hardcover | March 22, 2012

byMaciej Lewenstein, Anna Sanpera, Veronica Ahufinger

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Quantum computers, though not yet available on the market, will revolutionize the future of information processing. Quantum computers for special purposes like quantum simulators are already within reach. The physics of ultracold atoms, ions and molecules offer unprecedented possibilities ofcontrol of quantum many body systems and novel possibilities of applications to quantum information processing and quantum metrology. Particularly fascinating is the possibility of using ultracold atoms in lattices to simulate condensed matter or even high energy physics. This book provides a complete and comprehensive overview of ultracold lattice gases as quantum simulators. It opens up an interdisciplinary field involving atomic, molecular and optical physics, quantum optics, quantum information, condensed matter and high energy physics. The book includes someintroductory chapters on basic concepts and methods, and then focuses on the physics of spinor, dipolar, disordered, and frustrated lattice gases. It reviews in detail the physics of artificial lattice gauge fields with ultracold gases. The last part of the book covers simulators of quantumcomputers. After a brief course in quantum information theory, the implementations of quantum computation with ultracold gases are discussed, as well as our current understanding of condensed matter from a quantum information perspective.

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Quantum computers, though not yet available on the market, will revolutionize the future of information processing. Quantum computers for special purposes like quantum simulators are already within reach. The physics of ultracold atoms, ions and molecules offer unprecedented possibilities ofcontrol of quantum many body systems and nove...

Maciej Lewenstein has been an ICREA professor at the Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques in Castelldefels since 2005 where he leads the quantum optics theory group. In 2007 he won the Humbolt research award, Germany. In 2008 he obtained the Advance Research Grant from the European Community and in 2010 he won the first Harmburger Prize for...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:March 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573123

ISBN - 13:9780199573127

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Statistical physics of condensed matter: basic concepts3. Ultracold gases in optical lattices: Basic concepts4. Quantum simulators of condensed matter5. Bose Hubbard models: Methods of treatment6. Fermi and Fermi-Bose Hubbard models: Methods of treatment7. Ultracold spinor atomic gases8. Ultracold dipolar gases9. Disordered ultracold atomic gases10. Frustrated models in cold atom systems11. Ultracold atomic gases in "artificial"gauge fields12. Many body physics from a quantum information perspective13. Quantum information with lattice gases14. Detection of quantum systems realised with ultracold atoms15. Summary and future perspectivesBibliography

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"This masterpiece is a unique opportunity to learn about the frontiers of quantum many-body physics, and how they can be explored with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. Some of the most talented theorists in the field guide the readers through the fascinating interplay of atomic, opticaland condensed-matter physics, where old and new quantum many-body phenomena appear." --Giovanni Modugno, Universita di Firenze