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Credit: Eite Tiesinga, NIST/JQI
October 20, 2009 | Research News

Controlling Trapped Atoms with RF

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute and collaborators have found that properly tuned radio-frequency waves can influence how much the atoms attract or repel one another, opening up new ways to control their interactions.

Diamond Sparkle as Quantum Information
September 10, 2009 | Research News

Diamond Sparkle as Quantum Information

Researchers have devised a means of dramatically increasing the fidelity of key quantum measurements in diamond crystal, a development that could lead to the creation of high-resolution magnetic sensors and to powerful new techniques for quantum computation.

Spin Frustration in Three Ions
September 10, 2009 | Research News

Benefits of Frustration

Scientists have demonstrated a new way to control quantum interactions that makes it possible to fine-tune the way in which the magnetic properties of trapped atoms couple to, and are "entangled" with, those of their neighbors -- a development with potentially important applications in quantum computing and condensed-matter simulations.

Damped Motion
July 28, 2009 | Research News

Motion Damping Explained

Theorists have provided an explanation for experimental quantum-mechanical findings that have puzzled researchers for years, opening new possibilities for studying and manipulating ultracold atoms in lattices.

Opening A Remote Quantum Gate
July 21, 2009 | Research News

Opening a Remote Quantum Gate

Physicists have created and demonstrated a remote “quantum gate” – a key component for long-range quantum information transfer and an essential element of one plan for a quantum computer – by carefully manipulating the atomic states of two separately trapped ions.

Controlling Bits
July 7, 2009 | Research News

Controlling Individual Bits

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised* a viable way to manipulate a single “bit” in a quantum processor without disturbing the information stored in its neighbors.

June 4, 2009 | Research News

Improving Josephson Junction Qubits

An interdisciplinary research collaboration, centered at the University of Maryland (UMD) at College Park, has been awarded $2.8 million from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) through the Army Research Office (ARO) to devise, fabricate, study and test a new kind of key component for quantum computing.

May 25, 2009 | Research News

New System for Detection of Single Atoms

Scientists have devised a new technique for real-time detection of freely moving individual neutral atoms that is more than 99.7% accurate and sensitive enough to discern the arrival of a single atom in less than one-millionth of a second, about 20 times faster than the best previous methods.

Paul Julienne and Chris Monroe, JQI
May 6, 2009 | Research News

JQI Wins Two MURI Awards for FY2009

Joint Quantum Institute researchers have won two highly sought-after MURI awards from the U.S. Department of Defense out of 41 projects selected for funding in a nationwide competition. The Pentagon will provide a total of $260 million over five years to the FY2009 awardees in the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program, with specific allocations to be determined in subsequent discussions.

NIST Researcher Jun Ye
April 17, 2009 | Research News

New Standard of Accuracy for Strontium Clocks

Described in the April 17 issue of the journal Science,* the research was performed at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder.