Periodic Reporting for period 4 - Q-PHOTONICS (Quantum fluids of photons in optically-induced structures)
Reporting period: 2020-12-01 to 2021-05-31
In particular, we identify the following results is particularly significant:
(a) Our study on induced structures concludes a long-standing debate in the field of quantum nonlinear optics, whether finite-range interactions between photons can be enhanced by extending the optical medium beyond the interaction range. We invoke optically-induced structures to provide a positive answer to this important question.
(b) Our study on fast coherent excitation of highly-excited electronic orbital via light-induced absorption has led to developing a new light-storage scheme. This scheme outperforms all others in projected performance for multi-photon synchronization, and it lays the foundation for coherent photon manipulations with Rydberg atoms in room-temperature systems.
(c) We established the concept of continuous protection of a qubit state from inhomogeneous dephasing using an auxiliary (sensor) state, originating from ideas suggested in the original research proposal. We showed that this method can be applied to increase the effective atom-photon cross-section, to decrease the linewidth, and correspondingly to increase the coherence time of ballistic atoms. Moreover, we are aware of several current attempts to use our method on other platforms.
(d) In addition to other new ideas and implementations that were published, there are a few new concepts that are soon to be published. One notable idea is the dipolar collisions between two opposite-parity polaritons, which we believe would be substantially more robust than single-parity polaritons in realizing photonic quantum gates.