Two-color quantum memory in double-Λ media

TitleTwo-color quantum memory in double-Λ media
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsViscor, D, Ahufinger, V, Mompart, J, Zavatta, A, Rocca, LGC, Artoni, M
JournalPhys. Rev. A
Date Published11/2012

We propose a quantum memory for a single-photon wave packet in a superposition of two different colors, i.e., two different frequency components, using the electromagnetically induced transparency technique in a double-Λ system. We examine a specific configuration in which the two frequency components are able to exchange energy through a four-wave mixing process as they propagate, so the state of the incident photon is recovered periodically at certain positions in the medium. We investigate the propagation dynamics as a function of the relative phase between the coupling beams and the input single-photon frequency components. Moreover, by considering time-dependent coupling beams, we numerically simulate the storage and retrieval of a two-frequency-component single-photon qubit.

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