Megan Ivory, ColdQuanta
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Applications for ultracold atoms include precision sensing and timekeeping, quantum information, and simulating otherwise intractable models of solid state many-body systems. At the heart of all of these applications are complex systems engineered to control quantum matter. In this talk, I will discuss three such systems spanning both academia and industry. I will present a dual-species apparatus at the College of William and Mary for producing Bose-Einstein condensates on an atom chip, laying the groundwork for quantum pumping -- a quantum phenomena for producing current. Then, I will discuss recent engineering advances at ColdQuanta toward the simplification and miniaturization of such ultracold matter apparatuses. These advances open exciting avenues for both laboratory research and commercially-deployable, real-world quantum applications. Finally, I will provide a glimpse of state-of-the-art commercial cold atom systems and ongoing work toward creating miniature trapped ion systems.