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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1473–1478

Optical Fock-state generation with large number of photons based on atoms coupled to an optical parametric oscillator

Jing Zhang, Junmin Wang, and Tiancai Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 1473-1478 (2012)

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An optical field with a definite number of photons is very important for quantum metrology and quantum information. Some theoretical protocols for creating such a Fock-state have been proposed, but it is still a big challenge to produce it with a large number photons experimentally. We revisit the system of atoms inside an optical parametric oscillator that was proposed in 1990s, and it is found that for the atom ensemble, the optical Fock-state with an arbitrary number of photons can be generated. Compared to the previous proposals, the scheme presented here is simple and seems physically realizable. The system also provides the possibility to demonstrate the strong interaction between nonclassical light and atoms in a confined space.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.6570) Quantum optics : Squeezed states
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: November 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2012
Published: June 1, 2012

Jing Zhang, Junmin Wang, and Tiancai Zhang, "Optical Fock-state generation with large number of photons based on atoms coupled to an optical parametric oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1473-1478 (2012)

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