We describe methods for quantum information processing and quantum simulation with alkaline-earth atoms in optical lattices. First, we propose and analyze a novel approach to quantum information processing, in which multiple qubits can be encoded and manipulated using electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom associated with individual alkaline-earth atoms trapped in an optical lattice. We discuss potential applications of this approach to fault-tolerant quantum computation and precision measurements. Second, we propose to use alkaline-earth atoms in optical lattices for quantum simulation of Hubbard models exhibiting SU(N) symmetry (with N as large as 10) and featuring an interplay between spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Such systems may provide valuable insights into strongly correlated physics of transition metal oxides, heavy fermion materials, and spin liquid phases.
I was born in Moscow, Russia, where I attended schools #1507 and #1543. In 1997, my family moved to the United States, where I graduated from Newton South High School in 2000 and from Harvard College in 2004. Now I am working towards a Ph.D. degree in Physics in the Quantum Optics research group of Mikhail Lukin at Harvard. I do theory. Some of the projects I have worked on are photon storage in atomic ensembles, optical control of single atoms in optical lattices, creation of a repulsive shield between ultracold polar molecules, and ultracold alkaline-earth atoms in optical lattices for quantum computation and quantum simulation.