Quantum optical arbitrary waveform manipulation and measurement in real time

Abijith S. Kowligy, Paritosh Manurkar, Neil V. Corzo, Vesselin G. Velev, Michael Silver, Ryan P. Scott, S. J.B. Yoo, Prem Kumar, Gregory S. Kanter, Yu Ping Huang

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We describe a technique for dynamic quantum optical arbitrary-waveform generation and manipulation, which is capable of mode selectively operating on quantum signals without inducing significant loss or decoherence. It is built upon combining the developed tools of quantum frequency conversion and optical arbitrary waveform generation. Considering realistic parameters, we propose and analyze applications such as programmable reshaping of picosecond-scale temporal modes, selective frequency conversion of any one or superposition of those modes, and mode-resolved photon counting. We also report on experimental progress to distinguish two overlapping, orthogonal temporal modes, demonstrating over 8 dB extinction between picosecond-scale time-frequency modes, which agrees well with our theory. Our theoretical and experimental progress, as a whole, points to an enabling optical technique for various applications such as ultradense quantum coding, unity-efficiency cavity-atom quantum memories, and high-speed quantum computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27942-27957
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Express
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 17 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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