Direct experimental access to the most intriguing and puzzling quantum phenomena is extremely difficult and their numerical simulation on conventional computers can easily become computationally intractable. However, one might gain deeper insight into complex quantum dynamics via experimentally simulating and modelling the quantum behaviour of interest in a second quantum system. There, the significant parameters and interactions are precisely controlled and underlying quantum effects can be detected sufficiently well, thus, their relevance might be revealed. Trapped atomic ions have been shown to be a unique platform for quantum control, evidenced by the most precise operations of quantum information processing and their performance as best atomic clocks. We aim to control charged atoms at the highest level possible to further scale many-body (model) systems ion by ion, in a way, the ultimate form of engineering – here focusing e.g. on concepts of quantum transport and the requirement of decoherence. Candidates should have experience or strong interest in atomic or quantum optical physics, preferably with a background in laser cooling and trapping neutral or charged particles. (T. Schaetz, A. Buchleitner)

Research group of Prof. Schaetz