Interaction between Atoms and Slow Light: A Study in Waveguide Design

Xiaorun Zang, Jianji Yang, Rémi Faggiani, Christopher Gill, Plamen Petrov, Jean-Paul Hugonin, Kevin Vynck, Simon Bernon, Philippe Bouyer, Vincent Boyer, Philippe Lalanne

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The emerging field of on-chip integration of nanophotonic devices and cold atoms offers extremely strong and pure light-matter interaction schemes, which may have a profound impact on quantum information science. In this context, a long-standing obstacle is to achieve a strong interaction between single atoms and single photons and at the same time trap atoms in a vacuum at large separation distances from dielectric surfaces. In this work, we study waveguide geometries that challenge these conflicting objectives. The designed photonic-crystal waveguide is expected to offer a good compromise, which additionally allows for easy manipulation of atomic clouds around the structure, while being tolerant to fabrication imperfections.
Original languageEnglish
Article number024003
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2016

Bibliographical note

8 pages, 4 figures


  • physics.optics
  • quant-ph
  • 1509.08492


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