Engineering Quantum Dynamics of Low Dimensional Spin Networks

Solid state nuclear spin systems are an excellent platform on which to explore many-body quantum dynamics, as the spins are well-isolated from other degrees of freedom and the Hamiltonian of the system is well-known. We use the tools of magnetic resonance to engineer specific Hamiltonians in both 1D (naturally-occurring crystals of fluorapatite) and 2D (the 13-C spins of a graphene layer) spin systems. Our goal is to understand the emergence of quantum chaos in the dynamical behavior of the spins and to study its importance in the equilibration dynamics of the system.

FACULTY CONTACT: Chandrasekhar Ramanathan