A single-atom light switch
With just a single atom, light can be switched between two fibre optic cables at the Vienna University of Technology. Such a switch enables quantum phenomena to be used for information and communication technology.
Switching light on and off - with photons
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cornell researchers have demonstrated that the passage of a light beam through an optical fiber can be controlled by just a few photons of another light beam.
Speed limit on the quantum highway
(PhysOrg.com) -- Physicists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have measured the propagation velocity of quantum signals in a many-body system.
Cross-Dressing Rubidium May Reveal Clues for Exotic Computing
(PhysOrg.com) -- Neutral atoms--having no net electric charge--usually don't act very dramatically around a magnetic field. But by “dressing them up” with light, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaborative ...
Scientists directly observe bound states of elementary magnets in ferromagnetic quantum crystals
Simulating solid state properties with precisely controlled quantum systems is an important goal of the Quantum Many-Body Systems Division at MPQ. Now the team around Professor Immanuel Bloch (Chair for Experimental ...
Understanding tiny reactions: Cold atoms and nanotubes come together in atomic 'black hole'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Carbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in materials and electronics, may also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.
Trapping giant Rydberg atoms for faster quantum computers
In an achievement that could help enable fast quantum computers, University of Michigan physicists have built a better Rydberg atom trap. Rydberg atoms are highly excited, nearly-ionized giants that can be ...
Disorderly conduct: Probing the role of disorder in quantum coherence
A new experiment conducted at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) examines the relationship between quantum coherence, an important aspect of certain materials kept at low temperature, and the imperfections ...
Physicists get an up-close look at synthetic quantum materials
(PhysOrg.com) -- Physicists at Harvard University have, for the first time, tracked individual atoms in a gas cooled to extreme temperatures as the particles reorganized into a crystal, a process driven by ...
Teaching matter waves new tricks: Making magnets with ultracold atoms
Magnets have fascinated mankind for millenia. From the Greek philosophers to scientists of the modern era, which saw the rise of quantum mechanics, magnets have been pondered and investigated. Nowadays, ...
A transistor-like amplifier for single photons
Data transmission over long distances usually utilizes optical techniques via glass fibres – this ensures high speed transmission combined with low power dissipation of the signal. For quite some years ...
It's electrifying: Scientists use electric fields to control chemical reactions of ultracold molecules
Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a new tool for controlling ultracold gases and ultracold chemistry: electric fields.
Physicists achieve elusive 'evaporative cooling' of molecules
Achieving a goal considered nearly impossible, JILA physicists have chilled a gas of molecules to very low temperatures by adapting the familiar process by which a hot cup of coffee cools.
Bose-Einstein condensate could be used to observe quantum mass acquisition
A possible means of observing an exotic quantum effect that imparts mass to a normally massless particle has been proposed by researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science.