Mapping broadband single-photon wave packets into an atomic memory

J Nunn, IA Walmsley, M G Raymer, K Surmacz, F C Waldermann, Z Wang, D Jaksch

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We analyze a quantum optical memory based on the off-resonant Raman interaction of a single broadband photon, copropagating with a classical control pulse, with an atomic ensemble. The conditions under which the memory can perform optimally are found, by means of a universal mode decomposition. This enables the memory efficiency to be specified in terms of a single parameter, and the control field pulse shape to be determined via a simple nonlinear scaling. We apply the same decomposition to determine the optimal configurations for read-out.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11401R
JournalPhysical Review A: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2007


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