Tuesday, July 2 2019
15:30 - 16:45

Alladi Ramakrishnan Hall

Photonic quantum memory using an intra-atomic frequency comb

Sandeep K. Goyal


Photonic quantum memory, such as an atomic frequency comb (AFC), is essential to make photonic quantum
computation and long-distance quantum communication scalable and feasible. In standard AFC the frequency
of different atoms must be stable relative to each other which presents difficulties in realizing the quantum
memory. Here we propose a quantum memory using an intra-atomic frequency comb which does not require
frequency stabilization. We show that the transitions between two degenerate energy levels of a single atom can
be used to construct the frequency comb. The spacing between the teeth of the comb is controlled by applying an
external magnetic field. Since the frequency comb is constructed from individual atoms, these atoms can be used
alone or in ensembles to realize the quantum memory. Furthermore, the ensemble-based quantum memory with
intra-AFC is robust against Doppler broadening which makes it useful for high-temperature quantum memory.
As an example, we numerically show the intra-AFC in Cesium atoms and demonstrate a photon echo which is
essential for quantum memory.

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