Ruprecht Karls Universit├Ąt Heidelberg

Paper on deterministic preparation of few fermion systems published

We sucessfully prepared a tunable quantum system consisting of one to ten fermions. We prepare such a system using ultracold Lithium atoms in a micrometer sized optical dipole trap. Due to Pauli's principle one quantum state in the trap is occupied with one atom per spin state (red and blue balls). By tilting the trap we can control the number of remaining quantum states and thus the number of particles.

Schematic preparation scheme of the tunable few-fermion system
Schematic preparation scheme of the tunable few-fermion system


The paper is published in the current issue of Science. The ArXiv version can be found here and there is also a press release (in German) by the University of Heidelberg.


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