High-fidelity polarization storage in a gigahertz bandwidth quantum memory

D. G. England, P. S. Michelberger, T. F M Champion, K. F. Reim, K. C. Lee, M. R. Sprague, X. M. Jin, N. K. Langford, W. S. Kolthammer, J. Nunn, I. A. Walmsley

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Abstract

We demonstrate a dual-rail optical Raman memory inside a polarization interferometer; this enables us to store polarization-encoded information at GHz bandwidths in a room-temperature atomic ensemble. By performing full process tomography on the system, we measure up to 97 ± 1% process fidelity for the storage and retrieval process. At longer storage times, the process fidelity remains high, despite a loss of efficiency. The fidelity is 86 ± 4% for 1.5 μs storage time, which is 5000 times the pulse duration. Hence, high fidelity is combined with a large time-bandwidth product. This high performance, with an experimentally simple setup, demonstrates the suitability of the Raman memory for integration into large-scale quantum networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124008
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume45
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    England, D. G., Michelberger, P. S., Champion, T. F. M., Reim, K. F., Lee, K. C., Sprague, M. R., Jin, X. M., Langford, N. K., Kolthammer, W. S., Nunn, J., & Walmsley, I. A. (2012). High-fidelity polarization storage in a gigahertz bandwidth quantum memory. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 45(12), [124008]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-4075/45/12/124008