During winter quarter 2007, the light polarization dependence of light traps used in quantum computing was researched. Throughout the quarter, a Mathematica program that simulates the trapping potential of light traps was modified; it now takes into account the polarization of light used, as well as the internal state of atoms used in the light traps. The goal for the next quarter, spring 2007, was to use the program that was generated to simulate the trapping potentials of varying parameters. This research was conducted to deduce whether there is any possible way to implement the light polarization dependence of light traps in quantum computing. More specifically, the intent was to investigate potential ways to create a two-qubit gate using the light polarization dependence of the light traps.
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