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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6478–6486

The dressed atom as binary phase modulator: towards attojoule/edge optical phase-shift keying

Joseph Kerckhoff, Michael A. Armen, Dmitri S. Pavlichin, and Hideo Mabuchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6478-6486 (2011)

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We use a single 133Cs atom strongly coupled to an optical resonator to induce random binary phase modulation of a near infra-red, ∼ 500pW laser beam, with each modulation edge caused by the dissipation of a single photon (≈ 0.23aJ) by the atom. While our ability to deterministically induce phase edges with an additional optical control beam is limited thus far, theoretical analysis of an analogous, solid-state system indicates that efficient external control should be achievable in demonstrated nanophotonic systems.

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OCIS Codes
(020.5580) Atomic and molecular physics : Quantum electrodynamics
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(130.3750) Integrated optics : Optical logic devices
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(130.4815) Integrated optics : Optical switching devices

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Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2011
Published: March 22, 2011

Joseph Kerckhoff, Michael A. Armen, Dmitri S. Pavlichin, and Hideo Mabuchi, "The dressed atom as binary phase modulator: towards attojoule/edge optical phase-shift keying," Opt. Express 19, 6478-6486 (2011)

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