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Ultracold quantum gases with long-range interactions: from topological phases to strongly interacting photons

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:00am

Speaker Name(s): 

Alexey Gorshkov

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Institute for Quantum Information & Matter, California Institute of Technology
Seminar Type/Subject

Event Details & Abstract: 

We will show that ultracold polar molecules pinned in an optical lattice and interacting via dipolar interactions can be used to implement a huge variety of exotic quantum magnets. These can be used to realize, for example, symmetry protected topological phases, fractional Chern insulators, the bilinear-biquadratic spin-1 Hamiltonian, and the Kitaev honeycomb model. [References for some of the results: arXiv:1207.4479, arXiv:1210.5518