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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — May. 21, 2012
  • pp: 12326–12340

The Hong-Ou-Mandel effect in the context of few-photon scattering

Paolo Longo, Jared H. Cole, and Kurt Busch  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 12326-12340 (2012)

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The Hong-Ou-Mandel effect is studied in the context of two-photon transport in a one-dimensional waveguide with a single scatterer. We numerically investigate the scattering problem within a time-dependent, wave-function-based framework. Depending on the realization of the scatterer and its properties, we calculate the joint probability of finding both photons on either side of the waveguide after scattering. We specifically point out how Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometry techniques could be exploited to identify effective photon–photon interactions which are mediated by the scatterer. The Hong-Ou-Mandel dip is discussed in detail for the case of a single two-level atom embedded in the waveguide, and dissipation and dephasing are taken into account by means of a quantum jump approach.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: March 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2012
Published: May 16, 2012

Paolo Longo, Jared H. Cole, and Kurt Busch, "The Hong-Ou-Mandel effect in the context of few-photon scattering," Opt. Express 20, 12326-12340 (2012)

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