Degree Name

BS in Physics


Physics Department


Katharina Gillen


To increase computing power for numerous practical advantages, scientists are actively researching the field of quantum computing. Neutral atom quantum computing is a promising avenue towards building a quantum computer that satisfies four of the five DiVincenzo criteria. This involves a magneto-optical trap to cool the atoms and move them to a cloud in the center of a vacuum chamber. Then laser light will be shone through an array of pinholes to trap the atoms in an array of dipole traps. In order to ensure the atoms are trapped, I have set up an imaging system that consists of a high speed camera and a photodiode. The imaging system is to be used to determine whether the atoms were successfully trapped, calculate how many were trapped, and measure the temperature of the trap, the trap lifetime, and the trap frequency. Details regarding the setup and programming of this imaging system are presented in this paper.