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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2175–2181

Optical nonreciprocity of a single two-level atom in a cavity

Xiuwen Xia, Jingping Xu, and Yaping Yang  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 2175-2181 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.31.002175


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Abstract

We analyze the transmission character of a single-mode cavity containing a resonant two-level atom. Such a simple structure exhibits optical nonlinearity and spatial symmetry breaking, as well as time-reversal symmetry breaking. We perform a detailed analysis in the Purcell regime and find out that there is giant optical nonreciprocity in proper parameter space. Therefore, it is feasible to assemble such a simple atom–cavity structure to realize an acceptable optical nonreciprocal device after carefully designing.

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OCIS Codes
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: May 26, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 24, 2014
Published: August 26, 2014

Citation
Xiuwen Xia, Jingping Xu, and Yaping Yang, "Optical nonreciprocity of a single two-level atom in a cavity," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 2175-2181 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-31-9-2175

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