Optimized planar Penning traps for quantum-information studies

J. Goldman*, G. Gabrielse

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A one-electron qubit would offer a new option for quantum information science, including the possibility of extremely long coherence times. One-quantum cyclotron transitions and spin flips have been observed for a single electron in a cylindrical Penning trap. However, an electron suspended in a planar Penning trap is a more promising building block for the array of coupled qubits needed for quantum information studies. The optimized design configurations identified here promise to make it possible to realize the elusive goal of one trapped electron in a planar Penning trap-a substantial step toward a one-electron qubit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number052335
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 24 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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