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Progress toward generating, storing, and communicating single-photon states using coherent atomic memory
Author(s): M. D. Eisaman; A. Andre; F. Massou; G.-W. Li; L. Childress; A. S. Zibrov; M. D. Lukin
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Paper Abstract

We describe proof-of principle experiments demonstrating a novel approach for generating pulses of light with controllable photon numbers, propagation direction, timing, and pulse shapes. The approach is based on preparation of an atomic ensemble in a state with a desired number of atomic spin excitations, which is later converted into a photon pulse by exploiting long-lived coherent memory for photon states and electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). We discuss our progress toward applying these techniques to transmit quantum states between atomic memory nodes connected by a photonic channel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5842, Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics III, (23 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.609460
Show Author Affiliations
M. D. Eisaman, Harvard Univ. (United States)
A. Andre, Harvard Univ. (United States)
F. Massou, Harvard Univ. (United States)
G.-W. Li, Harvard Univ. (United States)
L. Childress, Harvard Univ. (United States)
A. S. Zibrov, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Lebedev Institute of Physics (Russia)
M. D. Lukin, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5842:
Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics III
Philip R. Hemmer; Julio R. Gea-Banacloche; Peter Heszler Sr.; M. Suhail Zubairy, Editor(s)

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