Can Quantum Entanglement Enhance Atomic Measurement Accuracy?

In summary, the conversation discusses the potential use of quantum computing techniques in measuring properties more accurately compared to current laser based techniques in atomic physics. The concept of entanglement is mentioned as a key factor that makes qubits more powerful than classical bits. The idea of using two entangled atoms for better measurement is also mentioned. The conversation suggests exploring papers on quantum information techniques in atomic physics, specifically mentioning quantum logic clocks and the NIST aluminum ion clock as examples of entanglement being applied in traditional uses of atomic physics. The potential utility of entangled ions for precision measurements is also mentioned.
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Hello! I don't know much about quantum computing beside some basic notions, but I was wondering if there are techniques used there that can be used in measuring properties more accurately compared to current laser based techniques (e.g. Ramsey interferometry, infrared interferometry)? For example (this might make no sense) as far as I understand, entanglement is one of the main physical phenomena that make qubits so much better than classical bits. Could we use, say, two entangled atoms to get a better measurement than we would from measuring the 2 atoms separately? Can someone point me towards some papers about using quantum information techniques in atomic physics? Thank you!
 
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Not sure what your areas of interest are, but quantum logic clocks are an example of entanglement being applied to a very traditional use of atomic physics (timekeeping). Back when I was still in the loop, the NIST aluminum ion clock was the most precise timekeeper around. The technique of entangling one "science" ion and one "logic" ion has potential utility for precision measurements as well. You could imagine doing a Ramsey-type experiment on an interesting but inaccessible transition in the "science" ion using the "logic" ion as an intermediary. There probably are experiments that do something like this, I just can't remember who's doing what anymore.
 

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1. What is a two-level atom?

A two-level atom is a simplified model used in quantum mechanics to describe the behavior of an atom with only two energy levels. This model is often used in the study of quantum computing and quantum information processing.

2. What is a qubit?

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3. How are two-level atoms used in quantum computing?

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