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Tue January 1, 2013

Polaronic Model of Two-level Systems in Amorphous Solids

While two-level systems (TLSs) are ubiqitous in solid state systems, microscopic understanding of their nature remains an outstanding problem. Conflicting phenomenological models are used to describe TLSs in seemingly similar materials when probed with different experimental techniques. Specifically, bulk measurements in amorphous solids have been interpreted using the model of a tunneling atom or group...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Collectively Enhanced Interactions in Solid-state Spin Qubits

We proposed and analyzed a technique to collectively enhance interactions between solid-state quantum registers composed from random networks of spin qubits. In such systems, disordered dipolar interactions generically result in localization. In our study, we demonstrated the emergence of a single collective delocalized eigenmode as one turned on a transverse field. The interaction strength between...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Targeted Delivery of Nanodiamonds into Living Cells

Techniques developed in AMO physics has long served as foundations for various imaging modalities in chemistry and biology. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one such example: through the mapping of proton nuclear spin resonances under the magnetic field gradient, MRI enables both structural and functional imaging of our bodies in an unprecedented detail. Magnetometry using...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Dressed-State Resonant Coupling between Bright and Dark Spins in Diamond

A critical ingredient for quantum control of atom-like and hybrid systems is a better understanding of decoherence as well as the control of many-body quantum dynamics.
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Tue January 1, 2013

Pauli Paramagnetism of an Ideal Fermi Gas

Using the two lowest hyperfine states of a non-interacting ultracold Fermi gas of 6Li as pseudospin states, we have measured the magnetic susceptibility of such a system as a demonstration of the textbook physics of Pauli paramagnetism [1]. An imbalanced spin mixture of 6Li is trapped in the harmonic confinement potential at the focus of...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Realizing Fractional Chern Insulators in Dipolar Spin Systems

Strongly correlated quantum systems can exhibit exotic behavior controlled by topology. We predicted that the v = 1/2 fractional Chern insulator arose naturally in a two-dimensional array of driven, dipolar interacting spins. As a specific implementation, we analyzed how to prepare and detect synthetic gauge potentials for the rotational excitations of ultracold polar molecules trapped...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Unconventional Magnetism via Optical Pumping of Interacting Spin Systems

We considered strongly interacting systems of effective spins, subject to dissipative spin-flip processes associated with optical pumping. We predicted the existence of novel magnetic phases in the steady state of that system, which emerged due to the competition between coherent and dissipative processes. Specifically, for strongly anisotropic spin-spin interactions, we found ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, spin-densitywave, and...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Jennifer Schloss wins Hertz Foundation Fellowship

The 19th ICOLS conference takes place June 8-12 in Hokkaido, Japan, with CUA representation. Vladan Vuletic will report on a joint MIT-Harvard CUA experiment with Mikhail Lukin on switching of light with light using pulses containing only a few hundred photons. For a readable explanation of how to make light interact with light see the...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Markus Greiner wins 2013 APS Rabi Prize

The 19th ICOLS conference takes place June 8-12 in Hokkaido, Japan, with CUA representation. Vladan Vuletic will report on a joint MIT-Harvard CUA experiment with Mikhail Lukin on switching of light with light using pulses containing only a few hundred photons. For a readable explanation of how to make light interact with light see the...
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Tue January 1, 2013

Coupling of NV Centers to Photonic Crystal Nanobeams in Diamond

The realization of efficient optical interfaces for solid-state atom-like systems is an important problem in quantum science with potential applications in quantum communications and quantum information processing. We described and demonstrated a technique for coupling single nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers to suspended diamond photonic crystal cavities with quality factors up to 6000. Specifically, we presented...
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