SAIP 2011 Support
Quantum Physics with Trapped Ions
Presented by Dr. Hermann UYS on 15 Jul 2011 from 08:00 to 08:30
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track C - Lasers, Optics and Spectroscopy
In this non-specialist lecture I will provide an overview of the field of ion trapping. Ion traps are used world wide to push the limits of quantum technologies. They are a lead contender for building quantum computers, they are capable of measuring tiny forces at the level of yocto (10<sup>-24</sup>) Newton and to date they hold the record for the most accurate atomic clock (that clock would neither gain nor lose a second in about 4 billion years!). Moreover, the technological capability of trapping single ions make these traps ideal for studying quantum optical phenomena.