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Issue 10, 2011
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Rydberg rings

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Atoms in highly excited Rydberg states exhibit remarkable properties such as large polarizability and strong interactions. This makes them interesting for a manifold of applications ranging from electric field sensors to carriers and mediators of quantum information and renders them into a powerful tool for studying quantum phenomena in strongly interacting many-particle systems. In this article we illuminate perspectives for the study of the relaxation and thermalization dynamics of closed many-body quantum systems using alkali atoms that are held in a ring lattice and excited to Rydberg states. Moreover, we show that Rydberg atoms confined to lattices offer exciting possibilities for the creation of entangled many-body quantum states which can serve as a resource for the generation of non-classical light.

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2010, accepted on 16 Dec 2010 and first published on 31 Jan 2011

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01451F
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 4208-4219

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    Rydberg rings

    B. Olmos and I. Lesanovsky, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 4208
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01451F

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