Cover Picture: Ann. Phys. 10-11'2013


“Quantum Simulators”, as originally envisaged by Richard Feynman are highly controllable and specially engineered many-body systems that have the potential to shed new light on open questions in condensed matter physics, high-energy and nuclear physics. They are currently set-up and explored in a diverse range of quantum systems ranging from ultracold quantum gases, over trapped ions and photonic systems, to superconducting and semiconductor devices.

Image: The mathematical description of a phenomenon to be investigated is programmed using a series of laser pulses to perform a quantum calculation with atoms (credit: H. Ritsch).