IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Naleli Matjelo, Nancy Payne, Charles Rigby, Ncamiso Khanyile
This paper presents a proof-of-concept for manipulation of Ytterbium 171 trapped-ion qubits through the Rabi-flops experiment. This serves as a partial report on an ongoing project aimed at developing a fully operational ion trapping and quantum feedback control laboratory at Stellenbosch University. Despite the bad vacuum conditions during the Rabi-flops experiment, we were able to manipulate the trapped Ytterbium 171 ion qubits with microwave pulses to give out a clear indication of Rabi oscillations. A high rate of ion loss led to the Rabi oscillations profile showing a decay feature within it.