Cooperative Optical Non-Linearity in a Blockaded Rydberg Ensemble

  • Jonathan D.¬†Pritchard

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  3. Rydberg Atom-Light Interactions

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  4. Observations of Cooperativity

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      Pages 65-65
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  5. Rydberg Atom Quantum Optics

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      Pages 115-115
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  6. Conclusions and Outlook

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      Pages 145-145
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-158

About this book


This thesis describes the first demonstration of a cooperative optical non-linearity based on Rydberg excitation. Whereas in conventional non-linear optics the non-linearity arises directly from the interaction between light and matter, in a cooperative process it is mediated by dipole-dipole interactions between light-induced excitations. For excitation to high Rydberg states where the electron is only weakly bound, the dipole-dipole interactions are extremely large and long range, enabling an enormous enhancement of the non-linear effect. Consequently, cooperative non-linear optics using Rydberg excitations opens a new era for quantum optics enabling large single photon non-linearity to be accessible in free space for the first time. The thesis describes the theoretical underpinnings of the non- linear effect, the pioneering experimental results and implications for experiments in the single photon regime.


Cooperative Optical Phenomena Electromagnetically Induced Transparency Long Range Dipole-Dipole Interactions and Blockade Optical Bloch Equations for Interacting Three Level Atoms Optical Probing of Atomic Ensembles Photon Blockade Rydberg Atom Quantum Optics Single Photon Non-linearity

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan D.¬†Pritchard
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  1. 1., Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-29711-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-29712-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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