Kang-Kuen Ni (USA): Harnessing Chemical Reactions for Quantum Science?

Montag, 23. Oktober 2023 13:30

Ort: Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Wien

Vortrag im Rahmen des University of Vienna Physics Colloquiums

Coherence and entanglement are key features in quantum mechanics, although they are susceptible to environmental perturbations. Chemical reactions, which involve the breaking and forming of bonds, are inherently quantum but are often violent processes. A fundamental question arises: Can coherence be preserved during chemical reactions and subsequently harnessed to produce entangled products? To address this question, we conduct investigations within the context of an atom-exchange chemical reaction (2KRb -> K2 + Rb2) at a temperature of 500nK. I will share our research findings. Additionally, I will also discuss another approach to entangle molecules using precisely controlled dipolar interactions for an array of individually trapped molecules in optical tweezers.

A light lunch buffet will be offered before the lecture at around 13:00.


Lise-Meitner-Hörsaal, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1. Stock

Kang-Kuen Ni (© Kang-Kuen Ni)