UConn Physics Colloquium

From Negative Refraction to Single Photon Control: New Frontiers of Quantum Optics

Susanne Yelin
Assistant Professor
UConn Physics Department

Quantum coherence effects such as electromagnetically induced transparency can be used for a multitude of linear and nonlinear optics. I will introduce two novel applications: First, negative refraction with the potential development of the "superlens" as an example for a linear effect, and second, single-photon nonlinearities such as might be used, for example, for quantum computing.

Starting with a simple model, I will explain the basic ideas of quantum coherence effects, i.e., the manipulation of matter by coherent light. I will use two examples to demonstrate potential uses of these ideas: First, how can one utilize the long-range interaction of dipolar molecules to create a quantum computer? Second, how to electromagnetically induce chirality and how to use it to create media with negative refraction, as needed, for example, for the so-called "superlens"?

Friday, February 23, 2007
4:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P38

(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)

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