Accession Number:

AD1048865

Title:

Sharp Phase Transitions in a Small Frustrated Network of Trapped Ion Spins (Author's Manuscript)

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

University of Michigan Ann Arbor United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Sharp quantum phase transitions typically require a large system with many particles. Here we show that for a frustrated fully-connected Ising spin network represented by trapped atomic ions, the competition between different spin orders leads to rich phase transitions whose sharpness scales exponentially with the number of spins. This unusual finite-size scaling behavior opens up the possibility of observing sharp quantum phase transitions in a system of just a few trapped ion spins.

Subject Categories:

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE