Emerging 2D Gauge theories in Rydberg atomic systems

Seminar date and time: 
Tuesday, 4 December, 2018 - 12:00
IQOQI Innsbruck
Alessio Celi
GIQ Seminar Room (C5/262)

Understanding strongly coupled gauge theories is a fundamental challenge of physics, with dramatic

implications both for high energy and condensed matter. Doing it with a quantum simulator is a

formidable test for quantum simulation. Here we show that by exploiting electromagnetic duality, we

can create the Rokhsar-Kivelson Hamiltonian –a 2D U(1) lattice gauge theory that describes quantum

dimers- in running Rydberg experiments by exploiting Rydberg blockade in a novel fashion. Quantum

phases like resonating valence bonds become immediately accessible to Rydberg experiments, with 

dramatic implications for atomic, condensed matter, and high energy physics.

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