Ion Traps as a testbed of classical and quantum statistical mechanics

Citation:

MB Plenio and A Retzker. 11/4/2013. “Ion Traps as a testbed of classical and quantum statistical mechanics.” Annalen Der Physik, 525, 10-11, Pp. A159-A162. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

The development of statistical mechanics over the last century represents a major advance in the Natural Sciences. It is capable of describing a wide range of phenomena including the properties of phase transitions by reducing the complexity of quantum-many-body systems to simple general principles rooted in statistical methods that hold true in macroscopic systems. These principles apply to a broad range of physical theories, encompassing phenomena that are for example governed by classical, relativistic or quantum physics. While many of these predictions have been confirmed experimentally, the exploration, under highly controlled conditions, of the statistical mechanics of mesoscopic systems and the theoretical prediction of their behavior does still represent a challenge for both theory and experiment. A new avenue towards the controlled exploration of the classical and quantum statistical mechanics of mesoscopic systems has opened up in recent years thanks to the remarkable achievements in ion trap physics, which is pursued mainly for the realization of quantum information processing and precision metrology, in controlling and manipulating ion crystals.
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