Quantum scissors and single photon states

Series: 
Math Physics Seminar
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 16:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 006
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GT Physics
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Sources of single photons (as opposed to sources which produce on average a single photon) are of great current interest for quantum information processing. Perhaps surprisingly, it is not easy to produce a single photon efficiently and in a controlled way. Following earlier progress, recent experimental activity has resulted in the production of single photons by taking advantage of strong inter-particle interactions in cold atomic gases.I will show how the systematic use of the method of steepest descents can be used to understand the dynamics of the single photon source developed here at Georgia Tech and how this describes a kind of quantum scissors effect. In addition to the mathematical results, I will present the background quantum mechanics in a form suitable for a general audience. Joint work with Francesco Bariani and Paul Goldbart.