Quantum simulation of electron–phonon interactions in strongly deformable materials

Hague, J. P. and MacCormick, C. (2012). Quantum simulation of electron–phonon interactions in strongly deformable materials. New Journal of Physics, 14(3) 033019.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/14/3/033019

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/14/3/033019

Abstract

We propose an approach for quantum simulation of electron–phonon interactions using Rydberg states of cold atoms and ions. We show how systems of cold atoms and ions can be mapped onto electron–phonon systems of the Su–Schrieffer–Heeger type. We discuss how properties of the simulated Hamiltonian can be tuned and how to read physically relevant properties from the simulator. In particular, use of painted spot potentials offers a high level of tunability, enabling all physically relevant regimes of the electron–phonon Hamiltonian to be accessed.

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