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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4509–4511

Test of the all-optical control of wave–particle duality of cavity photons by ordinary photodetection

O. Di Stefano, A. Ridolfo, S. Portolan, and S. Savasta  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 23, pp. 4509-4511 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.004509


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Abstract

The principle of complementarity refers to the ability of quantum entities to behave as particles or waves under different experimental conditions. We present a proposal for the experimental observation of the ultrafast all-optical control of the wave–particle duality of light. The device is constituted by a three-level quantum emitter strongly coupled to a microcavity (MC) and can be realized by exploiting a great variety of systems, ranging from atomic physics and semiconductor quantum dots to intersubband polaritons and Cooper pair boxes. The wavelike or particlelike behavior of MC photons can be probed by simply measuring the cavity output photon rate after excitation with pairs of phase-locked weak pulses with precise arrival times.

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OCIS Codes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(320.7085) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast information processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2011
Published: November 22, 2011

Citation
O. Di Stefano, A. Ridolfo, S. Portolan, and S. Savasta, "Test of the all-optical control of wave–particle duality of cavity photons by ordinary photodetection," Opt. Lett. 36, 4509-4511 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-23-4509


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