Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Atomic physics

A route to quantum magnetism

The trend towards using ultracold atoms as simulators of condensed-matter and many-body phenomena is gaining momentum. These systems can now be used to simulate quantum magnetism. See Article p.307

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: The principle of Simon and colleagues' effective spin model2.


  1. Bloch, I., Dalibard, J. & Zwerger, W. Rev. Mod. Phys. 80, 885–964 (2008).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Simon, J. et al. Nature 472, 307–312 (2011).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Sachdev, S., Sengupta, K. & Girvin, S. M. Phys. Rev. B 66, 075128 (2002).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. Greiner, M. et al. Nature 415, 39–44 (2002).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Regal, C. A., Greiner, M. & Jin, D. S. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 040403 (2004).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Zwierlein, M. W. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 120403 (2004).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Žutić, I., Fabian, J. & Das Sarma, S. Rev. Mod. Phys. 76, 323–410 (2004).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  8. Ralph, D. C. & Stiles, M. D. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 320, 1190–1216 (2008).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. Balents, L. Nature 464, 199–208 (2010).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  10. Ovchinnikov, A. A., Dmitriev, D. V., Krivnov, V. Ya. & Cheranovskii, V. O. Phys. Rev. B 68, 214406 (2003).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Ian B. Spielman.

Additional information

This article and the paper under discussion2 were published online on 13 April 2011.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Spielman, I. A route to quantum magnetism. Nature 472, 301–302 (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing