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OSE Seminar with Dr. Michael Martin of Sandia National Laboratories on Optical manipulation of neutral atoms for quantum information science

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Posted: April 24, 2018

Date and Location:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11:00 AM to Noon at P&A, Room 190

Handicap parking is available in the P&A parking lot

General parking is available at the parking structure on Lomas just east of the Lomas and Yale intersection.


Dr. Michael J. Martin 


Jongmin Lee, Yuan-Yu Jau, Ivan Deutsch, Grant Biedermann


Neutral atom-based qubits are highly scalable and controllable. With optical excitation of high-lying, strongly interacting Rydberg states, one can achieve on-demand, laser-controlled interactions for quantum logic operations. We present studies of entangling operations within a two-atom system employing individually-trapped ultra-cold cesium atoms that interact via direct laser coupling to a Rydberg level [1], where the Rydberg-dressed many-body Hamiltonian permits pairwise and beyond-pairwise interaction regimes. We also present a detailed study of a controlled-phase (CPHASE) gate that is insensitive to the detrimental effects of atomic motion and spurious light shifts, and that should enable high-quality entangling operation between atom pairs or within larger ensembles. Towards this end, we also present work towards using digital holography to generate reconfigurable trap arrays. 

[1] Y.-Y. Jau et al., “Entangling atomic spins with a Rydberg-dressed spin-flip blockade,” Nat. Phys. 12, 71- 74 (2016). This work was supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA-0003525.


Michael (Mike) Martin received a BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2006, and a PhD in physics from JILA/University of Colorado-Boulder in May 2013. At JILA, he worked in the group of Jun Ye to develop next-generation optical frequency standards, including ultrastable laser systems with <50 mHz linewidth and 1 part in 1016 fractional frequency stability. After completing his PhD, he pursued postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology as an Institute for Quantum Information and Matter Postdoctoral Fellow, working to combine nano-photonic devices with ultracold atomic systems. He joined Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) as a Truman postdoctoral fellow to develop strongly-interacting systems of Rydberg atoms. He is currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at SNL.