Shortcuts and banked curves: Fast but high fidelity transport of ultracold atoms


  • Edward Carlo Samson Department of Physics, Miami University, USA


Atomtronics is an emerging field in the area of quantum information and computation, which deals with matter-wave circuits of ultracold atoms. Instead of electrons and holes, the information carriers are neutral atoms, a feature that would allow for reduced decoherence rates in the circuit. A trapped Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) would be the most ideal quantum system for atomtronic circuits, as it has a high degree of quantum coherence, and its relatively macroscopic size allows for manipulation and control using optical or magnetic fields. Unfortunately, BECs are fragile systems, and their manipulation (such as spatial transport) must satisfy quantum adiabatic conditions. As such, there is the undesirable tradeoff between the experimentally realizable degree of coherence and execution times of atomtronic processes for trapped BECs. In this talk, I will discuss shortcuts-to-adiabaticity that will allow for fast spatial transport of a trapped BEC while maintaining its coherence properties. I will present my group's plan for implementing this in experiment using painted potentials, and the possibility of its use on a matter wave interferometer. I will also briefly present a scheme that allows for fast transport along curved trajectories, which are crucial in the development of compact atomtronic devices.

About the Speaker

Edward Carlo Samson, Department of Physics, Miami University, USA

Edward Carlo Samson is currently a JC & CE Garland Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Miami University. He received his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, where he studied quantum turbulence and quantum vortices in Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) of rubidium-87 atoms. Dr. Samson performed his postdoctoral research work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he developed an atomic analog of SQUIDs for rotation sensing and reported the first observation of quantum interference in this device. He obtained his MS and BS degrees in Physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Dr. Samson is a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the Eastern Great Lakes Section of the American Physical Society (EGLS-APS). At Miami University, he heads the experimental BEC research group, which is currently constructing Miami's first BEC machine.




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EC Samson, Shortcuts and banked curves: Fast but high fidelity transport of ultracold atoms, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 39, SPP-2021-INV-2B-01 (2021). URL: