Research experience for an undergraduate at Georgetown leads to two high profile publications
Adam Keith, an undergraduate Physics major at North Carolina State University visited Georgetown University for an REU in the summer of 2011 and has returned in the summer of 2012. Results from his work in the first summer have been published in the prestigious journal Nature (see the news story below) and in Physical Review Letters May 25 issue. Adam was mentored by postdoctoral fellow Joseph Wang and Professor Freericks. Currently he is working on finishing two more publications from this work. The research involved determining the lattice vibrations of ions in a Penning trap, and from those vibrations, determining how to create an analogue quantum computer to model the frustrated Ising model in a magnetic field. The work in Phys. Rev. Lett. allows for precise thermometry of the number of phonons excited in each normal mode via detecting the entanglement between the phonon motion and the quantum-mechanical spin degree of freedom. Adam Keith will be a graduate student in Physics at the University of Colorado in the Fall.