College of Science and Mathematics
BS in Physics
Quantum computers are devices that are able to perform calculations not achievable for classical computers. Although there are many methods for creating a quantum computer, using neutral atoms offers the advantage of being stable when compared to other methods. The purpose of this investigation is to explore possible optical dipole trap configurations that would be useful for implementing a quantum computer with neutral atoms. Specifically, we computationally investigate arrays of pinholes, the diffraction pattern generated by them, and the onset of the Talbot effect in these traps. We manipulate the radius of the pinholes, the number of pinholes in the array, and the distance between adjacent pinholes in order to create trap configurations where the presence/absence of the Talbot effect contributes to the usefulness of the trap for quantum computing. We find configurations with pinhole distances of 80 μm and 100/110 μm respectively satisfied an absence and a strong presence of the Talbot effect.