Predictions for cooling a solid to its ground state

Author:
William C. Troy

Journal:
Quart. Appl. Math. **71** (2013), 331-338

MSC (2010):
Primary 82B10

Published electronically:
October 23, 2012

MathSciNet review:
3087426

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Abstract: A major goal of quantum computing research is to drain all quanta of thermal energy from a solid at a positive temperature leaving the object in its ground state. In 2010 the first complete success was reported when a quantum drum was cooled to its ground state at However, current theory, which is based on the Bose-Einstein equation, predicts that the temperature as We prove that this discrepancy between experiment and theory is due to previously unobserved errors in low temperature predictions of the Bose-Einstein equation. We correct this error and derive a new formula for temperature which proves that as Simultaneously, the energy decreases to its `supersolid' ground state level as For experimental data our temperature formula predicts that in close agreement with the experimental result. Our results form a first step towards bridging the gap between existing theory and the construction of useful quantum computing devices.

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**William C. Troy**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

Email:
troy@math.pitt.edu

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0033-569X-2012-01294-3

Keywords:
Bose-Einstein equation,
temperature

Received by editor(s):
July 21, 2011

Published electronically:
October 23, 2012

Article copyright:
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Brown University