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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.

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)

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FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 536 875

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 530 000

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 560 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641122

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 774 375

  • EU contribution

    € 2 386 875

Coordinated by:

LABORATORIO EUROPEO DI SPETTROSCOPIE NON LINEARI

Italy