Quantum Circuits as Artificial Atoms on a Chip: a pedagogical introduction

18 09/2014

Thursday, 18 Sep. 2014, 11:00 - 13:00

Workgroup Zeilinger Group

Presenter: Franco Nori
Host: Anton Zeilinger
Where: Ernst-Mach-Hörsaal, 2nd Floor, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna

Recent technological advances have made it possible to implement atomic-physics and quantum-optics experiments on a chip using artificial atoms.  These artificial atoms can be made from either semiconductor quantum dots and, more often, from superconducting circuits.  Superconducting circuits based on Josephson junctions exhibit macroscopic quantum coherence and can behave like artificial atoms.  Novel electronic devices are being explored with these type of superconducting (low-power-consumption) electronics.  This talk presents a pedagogical (and, hopefully, entertaining) brief introduction to this rapidly advancing field. The references [1-13] provide a few overviews on various aspects of this subject and related topics.