Jul 17 – 22, 2022
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
America/Toronto timezone

Atomic spin-controlled non-reciprocal Raman amplification of fibre-guided light

Jul 19, 2022, 5:00 PM
1h 30m
Hart House (Hart House)

Hart House

Hart House

7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Poster presentation Quantum optics and hybrid quantum systems Poster session


In a non-reciprocal optical amplifier, gain depends on whether the light propagates forwards or backwards through the device. Typically, one requires either the magneto-optical effect, a temporal modulation, or an optical nonlinearity to break reciprocity. By contrast, here, we demonstrate non-reciprocal amplification of fibre-guided light using Raman gain provided by spin-polarized atoms that are coupled to the nanofibre waist of a tapered fibre section [1]. The non-reciprocal response originates from the propagation direction-dependent local polarization of the nanofibre-guided mode in conjunction with polarization-dependent atom-light coupling. We show that this novel mechanism can also be implemented without an external magnetic field and that it allows us to fully control the direction of amplification via the atomic spin state. Our results may simplify the construction of complex optical networks. Moreover, using other suitable quantum emitters, our scheme could be implemented in photonic integrated circuits and in circuit quantum electrodynamics.

[1] S. Pucher, C. Liedl, S. Jin, A. Rauschenbeutel, P. Schneeweiss
Atomic spin-controlled non-reciprocal Raman amplification of fibre-guided light
Nature Photonics 16, 380 (2022)

Presenter name Philipp Schneeweiss

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