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Quantum simulations of insulators and conductors

Objective

It is now accepted that the conducting or insulating nature of matter is based on various separate ingredients (e.g. disorder, interactions, band filling, dimensionality, topology, etc.). However, their complex interplay is still beyond our understanding because experiments are very difficult and numerical calculations are often inefficient, even for supercomputers. In QUIC we want to achieve a breakthrough in the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms governing insulators and conductors by using quantum simulators, i.e. quantum computers of special purpose, based on fully controllable ultracold gases. In an experiment-theory enterprise, we will engineer several different kinds of such synthetic quantum matter, where we can isolate and study quantitatively the quantum phenomena and phases. We will not only study the physics of real systems, such as disordered and strongly-correlated superconductors and superfluids, but we will also create systems that do not exist so far in nature, such as topological phases in graphene-like lattices. QUIC combines for the first time advanced manipulation techniques of ultracold atomic gases, innovative theoretical ideas of condensed-matter physics and quantum-information methods. The immediate goals of our project are to understand quantitatively the subtle interplay of quantum phenomena in insulators and conductors, explore new promising directions for the engineering of transport in real materials, and lay the foundations for the design of the quantum materials of tomorrow.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/computer hardware/supercomputer
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/topology
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/superconductor

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LABORATORIO EUROPEO DI SPETTROSCOPIE NON LINEARI
Address
Via Nello Carrara 1
50019 Sesto-fiorentino (Fi)
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 540 000

Participants (5)

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 536 875
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 530 000
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 560 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations