Simulating polaron biophysics with Rydberg atoms

M. Płodzień, T. Sowiński, S. Kokkelmans

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Transport of excitations along proteins can be formulated in a quantum physics context, based on the periodicity and vibrational modes of the structures. Exact solutions are very challenging to obtain on classical computers, however, approximate solutions based on the Davydov ansatz have demonstrated the possibility of stabilized solitonic excitations along the protein. We propose an alternative study based on a chain of ultracold atoms. We investigate the experimental parameters to control such a quantum simulator based on dressed Rydberg atoms. We show that there is a feasible range of parameters where a quantum simulator can directly mimic the Davydov equations and their solutions. Such a quantum simulator opens up new directions for the study of transport phenomena in a biophysical context.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1707.04120
Number of pages5, e-Print Archive, Physics
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2017


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