From atomic Rydberg reservoirs for polar molecules to quantum simulation of lattice gauge theories with cold atoms
I will discuss two topics of ongoing research on cold atoms and molecules in Innsbruck. In the first part of my talk I will discuss laser dressed dipolar and Van der Waals interactions between atoms and polar molecules, so that a cold atomic gas with laser admixed Rydberg levels acts as an engineered reservoir for both elastic and inelastic collisional processes. In the second part I will present ongoing work on quantum simulation of dynamical gauge fields with cold atoms within so-called quantum link models.
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