“I wanted to find answers to fundamental questions, and I wanted to know what holds the world together. Minimal electrical voltage is used to slip a single atom between a silver and a platinum pad, causing a digital signal to be emitted. To begin its work, the Centre of Atomic Scale Technologies is using initial Foundation funding to create 14 positions for PhD candidates and postdocs, and to purchase additional equipment to analyse and optimise nano-components. Hubble’s discovery was the first observational support for Georges Lemaître’s Big Bang theory of the universe, proposed in 1927. Lemaître proposed that the universe expanded explosively from an extremely dense and hot state, and continues to expand today. Subsequent calculations have dated this Big Bang to approximately 13.7 billion years ago.


As an intense source of slow cesium atoms”, Eur. Phys. J., Appl. Phys. 34, 21 . An especially counter-intuitive feature of quantum mechanics is that a single event can exist in a state of superposition – happening bothhereandthere, or bothtodayandtomorrow. The minuscule chip has the potential to revolutionise the semi-conductor industry. Moreover, the energy the technology saves could be channelled into boosting the performance of next-generation computers. A close-up of the single-atom switch is found further down in the text.

The research alliance between Zurich and Karlsruhe is now united in the new Centre of Atomic Scale Technologies. Although the collaboration has only recently begun, the research groups involved were predestined for the task at hand. Thomas Schimmel is a pioneer of electronic circuits at the level of the atom, and Jürg Leuthold has demonstrated in his past research that photonic switches are possible at the atomic level. Moreover, Leuthold was the first researcher able to place both optical and electronic switching elements on the same chip. The tiny chip is also a modulator that can transform electrical signals into light signals and vice-versa—an extremely useful feature for transmitting data in fibre optic cables.

Basel Quantum Metrology And Sensing Conference

By a precise arrangement of the experiment, they ensured that not even the faintest trace of the light-vibration pair creation time (t1 vs. t2) was left in the universe. Quantum mechanics then predicts that the phonon-photon pair becomes entangled, and exists in a superposition of time t1andt2. This prediction was beautifully confirmed by the measurements, which yielded results incompatible with the classical probabilistic theory. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are exploring a fundamentally new type of microchip that works with single-atom switches. The new chip will be 100 times smaller than standard CMOS chips, yet able to process at least as much data while consuming much less energy.

  • A key factor here is the nuclear spin, which can be compared with the spinning of a child’s top.
  • Philipp Treutlein was recently appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Basel.
  • Moreover, most techniques only allow for a measurement of the amplitudes, but not of the phases of the microwave field.
  • Moreover, the energy the technology saves could be channelled into boosting the performance of next-generation computers.
  • Schimmel is considered a pioneer in single-atom electronics; in his Karlsruhe lab, he invented a mind-bogglingly efficient single-atom transistor that could significantly lower energy consumption in computers.

Each pair of neighboring atoms oscillated like two masses linked by a spring, and this oscillation was synchronous across the entire illuminated region. To conserve energy during this process, a light of a new color is emitted, shifted toward the red of the spectrum. Standard chips are energy guzzlers compared to the single-atom optical switch. In an effort to circumvent this limitation, researchers are engineering metallic nano-antennas that concentrate light into a tiny volume to dramatically enhance any signal coming from the same nanoscale region. Nano-antennas are the backbone of nanoplasmonics, a field that is profoundly impacting biosensing, photochemistry, solar energy harvesting, and photonics.

Welcome To The Quantum Optics Lab

Now researchers at ETH have found a way to apply this measurement principle to individual atoms. One can attach and detach single electron charges to molecules and atoms using the microscope tip . Using Kelvin probe force microscopy, we detect atomic charge states and molecular charge distributions . Imaging the structure of molecules with atomic resolution was achieved by noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM).

When Light And Atoms Share A Common Vibe

This workshop follows the submission of a community letter, which outlined the intention to organise a community workshop is to discuss options for a quantum technology development programme coordinated at the Europe-wide level. An even more mysterious form of energy called “dark energy” accounts for about 70% of the mass-energy content of the universe. This idea stems from the observation that all galaxies seems to be receding from each other at an accelerating pace, implying that some invisible extra energy is at work. Phillips, “Laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms”, Rev. Mod. Ashkin, “Acceleration and trapping of particles by radiation pressure”, Phys. The process described above should therefore be seen as the fission of an incoming photon from the laser into a pair of photon and phonon – akin to nuclear fission of an atom into two smaller pieces.

Using minimal electrical voltage, a single atom is then slipped between the two pads, causing a digital signal to be emitted (cf. image). This principle is what gave rise to the name “atomic-scale technology”. Our experiments exploit the extreme versatility and sensitivity of our home built low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope (STM/AFM). We explore fundamental quantum physics with atoms, photons and phonons and harness it for applications in quantum technology. In our experiments we study many-particle entanglement in Bose-Einstein condensates, explore hybrid atom-optomechanical systems, and develop quantum memories and sensors with atomic vapour cells.

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