Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium
Thursday, 31 Mar 2009, 16:00h
Atomic giants shuffle tiny lights: non-linear optics with Rydberg atoms
Prof. Charles Adams
Our work focuses on exploiting the strongly interacting character of Rydberg atoms for non-linear optics [1-3] with the aim of realizing a robust quantum interface to control single photons. We will describe elements of the atom-light interaction such as the Kerr  and Faraday effect  in the context single photon phase gates and fast read-out.
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