Dissipative Many-body Quantum Optics in Rydberg Media

TitleDissipative Many-body Quantum Optics in Rydberg Media
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGorshkov, AV, Nath, R, Pohl, T
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Date Published2013/4/9

We develop a theoretical framework for the dissipative propagation of
quantized light in interacting optical media under conditions of
electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). The theory allows us to
determine the peculiar spatiotemporal structure of the output of two
complementary Rydberg-EIT-based light-processing modules: the recently
demonstrated single-photon filter and the recently proposed single-photon
subtractor, which, respectively, let through and absorb a single photon. In
addition to being crucial for applications of these and other optical quantum
devices, the theory opens the door to the study of exotic dissipative many-body
dynamics of strongly interacting photons in nonlinear nonlocal media.

Short TitlePhys. Rev. Lett.