Scalable Ion-Trap Quantum Network (SciNet)

The SciNet project aims to realize a three-node quantum network, distributed across the University of Innsbruck campus, and to develop techniques to enable large-scale quantum networking. Each node will be a trapped-ion system equipped with an optical cavity, for enhanced control over the interaction of light and matter, and a register of ions with quantum-logic capabilities. On-demand photons, emitted by and entangled with one or more ion in each node, will be distributed in an inter-node optical fiber network. The SciNet project consists of four teams of experimental physicists, one for each network node in Innsbruck and a fourth at Stanford University, and two teams of theoretical physicists, in Innsbruck and Basel.


Bell correlations in a Bose-Einstein condensate

One of the objectives of the Uni Basel team is to certify the proper functioning of future quantum networks, i.e. to certify non-classical features between tens or hundreds of nodes potentially separated by many kilometers. Bell tests are appealing along this line as they certify the presence of entanglement device-independently. So far, however, Bell correlations have been demonstrated only in small systems. Read more Bell correlations in a Bose-Einstein condensate

START prize awarded to Ben Lanyon
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START prize awarded to Ben Lanyon

Experimental physicist Ben P. Lanyon, a member of Rainer Blatt’s Quantum Optics and Spectroscopy group, was awarded the most important and prestigious Austrian research prize for junior scientists: The START Prize is valued at up to 1.2 million Euro and is to support successful researchers to establish or consolidate their own research group. Read more START prize awarded to Ben Lanyon

Source: IQOQI