Solitons and nonlinearity with trapped ions
Haggai Landa, LPTMS
Solitons are ubiquitous in many areas of physics and the natural sciences. Quantum dynamics of solitons, however, has proven experimentally challenging to measure. A system in which state-of-the-art quantum control over individual degrees of freedom has been demonstrated is the ion trap, where, due to the time-dependent trapping fields and the Coulomb interaction, trapped ions manifest rich nonlinear dynamics. I will present some theoretical work and collaboration with experimental groups from recent years, focusing in particular on the study of discrete solitons with trapped ions, and more generally, other nonlinear phenomena, both classical and quantum mechanical.