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Toward integration of quantum interference in alkali atoms on a chip
Author(s): Holger Schmidt; Dongliang Yin; Wenge Yang; Don B. Conkey; John P. Barber; Aaron R. Hawkins; Bin Wu
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Paper Abstract

We discuss a new integrated approach to realizing optical quantum interference effects such as electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), slow light, and highly efficient nonlinear processes on a semiconductor chip. An ensemble of alkali atoms represents one of the canonical systems that exhibit slow light and related phenomena. At the same time, it would be desirable to build slow-light and related devices on a semiconductor platform in order to move to practical applications. We review progress towards combining the large magnitude of quantum interference effects in alkali vapors with the convenience of integrated optics in the form of hollow-core antiresonant reflecting optical waveguides (ARROWs). We discuss the benefits and challenges of this integrated approach with special emphasis on nonlinear optics. We present strategies to optimize the optical waveguides and discuss the current status of building rubidium-filled optical waveguides on a chip. Recent results on optimization of waveguide loss and transfer of rubidium atoms through hollow microchannels on a chip are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6130, Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III, 613006 (25 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660175
Show Author Affiliations
Holger Schmidt, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Dongliang Yin, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Wenge Yang, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Don B. Conkey, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
John P. Barber, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Aaron R. Hawkins, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Bin Wu, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6130:
Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III
Hans J. Coufal; Zameer U. Hasan; Alan E. Craig, Editor(s)

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