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Quantum simulation of lattice gauge theories with ultracold atoms

Federica Surace, Caltech
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 1:30pm
PAT C-520 (Zoom:

Gauge theories are the cornerstone of our understanding of fundamental interactions among particles.  Describing the evolution of these strongly coupled systems is a formidable challenge for classical computers, and represents one of the key open quests for quantum simulation approaches to particle physics phenomena. In this talk, I will first introduce a method to realize a quantum simulation of U(1) lattice gauge theories coupled to matter, utilizing alkaline-earth(-like) atoms in state-dependent optical lattices. I will then illustrate how this quantum simulator can be used to probe various phenomena, including particle collisions and confinement.