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Environmental effects on the phase space dynamics and decoherence time scale of a charged particle in a Penning trap
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, ISSN 1751-8113, Vol. 42, no 38, 385302- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the time evolution of a charged particle in a Penning trap in the framework of open quantum systems. The interaction with the environment istaken into account by imposing Lindblad operators which are linear in the canonical variables. For the special case of a proton in an asymmetricPenning trap we compare the dynamics with earlier results obtained from the unitary time-dependent Schrödinger equation. A possibility to estimatethe spatial decoherence time of the system is discussed, and approximate decoherence time scales are given for different ions.

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2009. Vol. 42, no 38, 385302- p.
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29772DOI: 10.1088/1751-8113/42/38/385302ISI: 000269579000018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-29772DiVA: diva2:235133
Available from: 2009-09-14 Created: 2009-09-14 Last updated: 2011-05-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Resonances, dissipation and decoherence in exotic and artificial atoms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resonances, dissipation and decoherence in exotic and artificial atoms
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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There are several reasons why exotic and artificial atoms attract the interest of different scientific communities.In exotic atoms, matter and antimatter can coexist for surprisingly long times. Thus, they present a unique natural laboratory for high precision antimatter studies. In artificial atoms, electrons can be confined in an externally controlled way. This aspect is crucial, as it opens new possibilities for high precision measurements and also makes artificial atoms promising potential candidates for qubits, i.e. the essential bricks for quantum computation.The first part of the thesis presents theoretical studies of resonant states in antiprotonic atoms and spherical two-electron quantum dots, where well established techniques, frequently used for conventional atomic systems, can be applied after moderate modifications. In the framework of Markovian master equations, it is then demonstrated that systems containing resonant states can be approached as open systems in which the resonance width determines the environmental coupling. The second part of the thesis focuses on possible quantum computational aspects of two kinds of artificial atoms, quantum dots and Penning traps. Environmentally induced decoherence, the main obstacle for a practical realization of a quantum computer based on these devices, is studied within a simple phenomenological model. As a result, the dependence of the decoherence timescales on the temperature of the heat bath and environmental scattering rates is obtained.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2010. 86 p.
Keyword
quantum dissipation, quantum decoherence, open quantum systems, resonances
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38153 (URN)978-91-7447-027-7 (ISBN)
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2010-05-26, sal FR4, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2010-05-04 Created: 2010-03-29 Last updated: 2010-04-08Bibliographically approved

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