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Simulating Quantum Magnetism with Correlated Non-Neutral Ion Plasmas

Published

Author(s)

John J. Bollinger, Joseph W. Britton, Brian C. Sawyer

Abstract

By employing forces which depend on the internal atomic state (or spin) of an atomic ion, the Coulomb potential energy of a strongly coupled array of ions can be modified in a spin-dependent way to mimic effective quantum spin Hamiltonians. Both ferromagnetic and anti-ferromagnetic interactions can be implemented. We use simple models to explain how the effective spin interactions are engineered with trapped ion crystals. We summarize the type of effective spin interactions that can be readily generated, and discuss an experimental implementation using single- plane ion crystals in a Penning trap.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Non-Neutral Plasmas
Conference Dates
August 27-30, 2012
Conference Location
Greifswald,
Conference Title
AIP Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Non-Neutral Plasmas

Keywords

ion traps, Ising interaction, Penning trap, quantum simulation

Citation

Bollinger, J. , Britton, J. and Sawyer, B. (2012), Simulating Quantum Magnetism with Correlated Non-Neutral Ion Plasmas, Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Non-Neutral Plasmas, Greifswald, , [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=912704 (Accessed October 28, 2021)
Created August 27, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017