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Demonstration of Deterministic Photon-Atom and Photon-Photon Interactions based on Single-Photon Raman Interaction (SPRINT)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: East Bridge 114
Barak Dayan, Senior Scientist, Quantum Optics Group, Weizmann Institute of Science

** Please note that this Wednesday talk will begin at 12 noon, lunch will be served following the talk **

Abstract: I will present our demonstration of a control-fields-free, deterministic interface between a single photon and a single atom [1,2]. Relying on Single Photon Raman Interaction (SPRINT) [2-4], this completely-passive scheme swaps a flying qubit (encoded in the two possible input modes of a photon), with a stationary qubit (encoded in the two ground states of the atom), and can be also harnessed to perform universal quantum gates. 

Using SPRINT we experimentally demonstrated all-optical switching of single photons by single photons [1], and deterministic extraction of a single photon from an optical pulse [2]. Applicable to any atom-like Lambda system, SPRINT provides a versatile building block for scalable quantum networks based on completely passive nodes interconnected and activated solely by single photons.

[1] I. Shomroni, S. Rosenblum, Y. Lovsky, O. Bechler, G. Guendelman & B. Dayan, Science 345, 903 (2014)

[2] S. Rosenblum, O. Bechler, Y. Lovski, I. Shomroni, G. Guendelman, & B. Dayan,  Nature Photonics 10, 19 (2016)

[3] S. Rosenblum, A.S. Parkins & B. Dayan, Phys. Rev. A 84, 033854 (2011)

[4] S. Rosenblum, A. Borne & B. Dayan, arXiv: quant-ph 1412.0604 (2014)

Series: Applied Physics Seminar Series
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