Ion crystal as a neural network
A collaboration with the Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain led to the theoretical investigation of implementing a neural network in a chain of trapped ions with induced long range interactions as is the experimental topic of this project. Such a network permits to store information distributed over the whole system. Furthermore, the storage capacity of such a network can be controlled by changing the external trapping potential and/or by applying longitudinal local magnetic fields. The system properties suggest the possibility of implementing robust distributed realisations of quantum logic with ion spin molecules.