Non-ergodic dynamics of topological states in trapped ion crystals

The goal of this ‘Start-Up Project’ is to explore non-equilibrium dynamics of the Topological Color Code (TCC), where non-ergodic dynamics, resulting from topological properties, can be harnessed. In a close collaboration between the groups of Jamir Marino (theory) and Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler (experiment), we will explore protocols aiming at identifying nonequilibrium perturbations and quantum quenches which preserve, destroy or induce prerelaxation of topological order.