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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Aug. 25, 2014
  • pp: 20936–20947

Coherent perfect absorption of path entangled single photons

Sumei Huang and G. S. Agarwal  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 20936-20947 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.020936


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Abstract

We examine the question of coherent perfect absorption (CPA) of single photons, and more generally, of the quantum fields by a macroscopic medium. We show the CPA of path entangled single photons in a Fabry-Perot interferometer containing an absorptive medium. The frequency of perfect absorption can be controlled by changing the interferometer parameters like the reflectivity and the complex dielectric constant of the material. We exhibit similar results for path entangled photons in micro-ring resonators. For entangled fields like the ones produced by a down converter the CPA aspect is evident in phase sensitive detection schemes such as in measurements of the squeezing spectrum.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 11, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 12, 2014
Published: August 21, 2014

Citation
Sumei Huang and G. S. Agarwal, "Coherent perfect absorption of path entangled single photons," Opt. Express 22, 20936-20947 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-17-20936


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