Controlling Light with Light: Demonstration of Deterministic Photon-Photon Interactions

Speaker:Barak Dayan
Location:Lidow Rosen Auditorium (323)

Achieving optical nonlinear interactions at the level of single photons has been the goal of extensive efforts in the last couple of decades. I will present our recent demonstration of deterministic, all-optical photon-photon interactions based on a single atom. This scheme performs deterministic quantum state-transfer between a photon and a single quantum emitter (a 87Rb atom, in our case). Based on passive, interference-based nonlinearity, this scheme requires no control fields, and can function as a quantum memory and even a universal quantum gate. It therefore provides a building block for scalable quantum networks based on completely passive photonic devices interconnected and activated solely by single photons.



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[2] I. Shomroni, S. Rosenblum, Y. Lovsky, O. Bechler, G. Guendelman, and B. Dayan,

"All-optical routing of single photons by a one-atom switch controlled by a single photon",


Science 345, 903 (2014)