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

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  • Xiaorun Zang
  • Jianji Yang
  • Rémi Faggiani
  • Jean-Paul Hugonin
  • Kevin Vynck
  • Simon Bernon
  • Philippe Bouyer
  • Philippe Lalanne

Colleges, School and Institutes


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.

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8 pages, 4 figures


Original languageEnglish
Article number024003
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2016


  • physics.optics, quant-ph, 1509.08492