12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Quantum Physics with Trapped Ions

15 Jul 2011, 08:00


Oral Presentation Track C - Lasers, Optics and Spectroscopy LOS


Dr Hermann Uys (National Laser Centre, CSIR)


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 (10-24) 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.

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Dr Hermann Uys (National Laser Centre, CSIR)

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