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Bilayers of Rydberg atoms as a quantum simulator for unconventional superconductors

Hague, J. P. and MacCormick, C. (2012). Bilayers of Rydberg atoms as a quantum simulator for unconventional superconductors. Physical Review Letters, 109(22), article no. 223001.

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In condensed matter, it is often difficult to untangle the effects of competing interactions, and this is especially problematic for superconductors. Quantum simulators may help: here we show how exploiting the properties of highly excited Rydberg states of cold fermionic atoms in a bilayer lattice can simulate electron-phonon interactions in the presence of strong correlation—a scenario found in many unconventional superconductors. We discuss the core features of the simulator, and use numerics to compare with condensed matter analogues. Finally, we illustrate how to achieve a practical, tunable implementation of the simulation using “painted spot” potentials.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 American Physical Society
ISSN: 0031-9007
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Substrate and polaronic band engineering for advanced graphene electronicsEP/H015655/1EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Cold Rydberg atoms in optical traps: probing the electric field of individual quantum objectsEP/F031130/1EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Extra Information: 5 pp.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Physics
Item ID: 35798
Depositing User: James Hague
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 10:52
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 16:23
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