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Trapped-Ion Quantum Simulator,



David J. Wineland, C Monroe, Wayne M. Itano, B E. King, Dietrich G. Leibfried, C J. Myatt, Chris S. Wood


Coherent manipulations involving the quantized motional and internal states of a single trapped ion can be used to simulate the dynamics of other systems. We consider some examples, including the action of a Mach Zehnder interferometer which uses entangled input states. Coherent manipulations can also be used to create entangled states of multiple trapped ions ; such states can be used to demonstrate fundamental quantum correlations.
Physica Scripta


Wineland, D. , Monroe, C. , Itano, W. , King, B. , Leibfried, D. , Myatt, C. and Wood, C. (1998), Trapped-Ion Quantum Simulator,, Physica Scripta, [online], (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017