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Thomas Pohl

Quantum and Nonlinear Optics in Strongly Interacting Atomic Ensembles

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  • C. Murray, Max Planck Inst Phys Komplexer Syst, Max Planck Society
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  • T. Pohl

Coupling light to ensembles of strongly interacting particles has emerged as a promising route toward achieving few photon nonlinearities. One specific way to implement this kind of nonlinearity is to interface light with highly excited atomic Rydberg states by means of electromagnetically induced transparency, an approach which allows freely propagating photons to acquire synthetic interactions of hitherto unprecedented strength. Here, we present an overview of this rapidly developing field, from classical effects to quantum manifestations of the nonlocal nonlinearities emerging in such systems. With an emphasis on underlying theoretical concepts, we describe the many experimental breakthroughs so far demonstrated and discuss potential applications looming on the horizon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationADVANCES IN ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, VOL 65
EditorsE Arimondo, CC Lin, SF Yelin
Number of pages52
PublisherELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC
Publication year2016
Pages321-372
ISBN (print)978-0-12-805244-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
SeriesAdvances In Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume65
ISSN1049-250X

    Research areas

  • ELECTROMAGNETICALLY-INDUCED-TRANSPARENCY, RANGE RYDBERG MOLECULES, SELF-FOCUSING MEDIA, SINGLE PHOTONS, BOUND-STATES, TRAPPED ATOM, GAS, SOLITONS, LIGHT, CAVITY

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