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Publication . Article . Preprint . 2013

Storage and Control of Optical Photons Using Rydberg Polaritons

D. Maxwell; D. J. Szwer; David Paredes-Barato; Hannes Busche; Jonathan D. Pritchard; A. Gauguet; Kevin J. Weatherill; +2 Authors
Open Access

We use a microwave field to control the quantum state of optical photons stored in a cold atomic cloud. The photons are stored in highly excited collective states (Rydberg polaritons) enabling both fast qubit rotations and control of photon-photon interactions. Through the collective read-out of these pseudo-spin rotations it is shown that the microwave field modifies the long-range interactions between polaritons. This technique provides a powerful interface between the microwave and optical domains, with applications in quantum simulations of spin liquids, quantum metrology and quantum networks.

7 pages, 4 figures

Subjects by Vocabulary

arXiv: Physics::Optics Condensed Matter::Quantum Gases

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Excited state Physics Quantum state Quantum network Polariton Atomic physics Rydberg formula symbols.namesake symbols Quantum metrology Photon Qubit


PACS: 37.10.Jk, 32.80.Rm, 42.50.Dv, 71.36.+c, Quantum Physics, Physics - Atomic Physics, Quantum Physics (quant-ph), Atomic Physics (physics.atom-ph), FOS: Physical sciences, General Physics and Astronomy

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