The Insti­tute for Quan­tum Optics and Quan­tum Infor­ma­tion (IQOQI) of the Aus­tri­an Acad­e­my of Sci­ences ded­i­cates its work to the­o­ret­i­cal and exper­i­men­tal basic research in the areas of quan­tum optics and quan­tum infor­ma­tion sci­ence. Research top­ics range from the foun­da­tions of quan­tum physics to their appli­ca­tions, for exam­ple for metrol­o­gy, sen­sor tech­nol­o­gy and quan­tum infor­ma­tion pro­cess­ing. Inter­na­tion­al­i­ty, world­wide net­work­ing and high­ly actu­al research top­ics char­ac­ter­ize the insti­tute’s work which aims at con­duct­ing inde­pen­dent top-notch research.

We are inves­ti­gat­ing a nov­el way to inter­face light with the quan­tum states of trapped atom­ic ions. Our approach is to exploit a non­lin­ear opti­cal process to change the fre­quen­cy of sin­gle pho­tons emit­ted and absorbed by trapped ions, from their nat­ur­al val­ues to those that are opti­mal for quan­tum net­work­ing. This fre­quen­cy-shifter could act as a uni­ver­sal adapter for access­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing the quan­tum states of trapped ions: between dif­fer­ent traps and oth­er quan­tum sys­tems.


Ben Lany­on 

Senior Sci­en­tist

ben [.] lany­on [@] oeaw [.] ac [.] at

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