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A Compact and Transportable Ultracold Matter System and Progress Towards a Continuously Operating Neutral Rydberg Atom Quantum Computer

TitleA Compact and Transportable Ultracold Matter System and Progress Towards a Continuously Operating Neutral Rydberg Atom Quantum Computer
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHudek, KM
Abstract

The work in this thesis falls into two broad categories: creating Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) in compact and portable systems, and manipulating neutral atoms in small systems to facilitate a continuously running neutral Rydberg atom quantum computer. Chapters 1 and 2 supply the overall motivation and theory behind these two subjects, while Chapter 3 lays the experimental foundation for the systems used in these two broad experiments.

Chapter 4 focuses on the miniaturization of ultracold matter systems. Ultracold matter has potential uses in many practical applications, such as atomic clocks, inertial sensors, and electric and magnetic field sensing. Much of the potential of atom chip-based systems relies on the ability for the system to makes its way out of the lab.

Chapter 5 focuses on the ongoing work in atom manipulation for neutral Rydberg atom quantum computing. Neutral Rydberg atom quantum computing has great potential and, by harnessing the tool kit developed working with cold atoms, has the potential of scalability and continuous operation.

Chapter 6 discusses the future of the quantum computing project. Appendix A goes into detail on the home-built electronics circuitry, and appendix B goes into detailed calculations on the effect of finite atom chip trace widths.