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Quantum Correlations and Energy Transport in Trapped Ions

  • Author(s): Ramm, Michael
  • Advisor(s): Haeffner, Hartmut
  • et al.
Abstract

We present experimental results of using trapped ions for the study of energy transport and quantum correlations in many-body systems. We investigate energy propagation by locally exciting one end of an ion chain and then observing the subsequent dynamics. The experimental results agree with the presented normal mode model of ion motion, and signify the first steps towards realizing theoretical proposals of studying many-body physics with the motional degree of freedom of trapped ions. Additionally, we present a method for detecting correlations between an open quantum system and its environment by acting only locally on the open system. We implement this method using a single trapped ion and discuss our current work towards extending the results to larger systems. Lastly, we demonstrate how the presented method for local detection of quantum correlations can be used for detection of quantum phase transitions.

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