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Preparing narrow velocity distributions for quantum memories in room-temperature alkali-metal vapors

Preparing narrow velocity distributions for quantum memories in room-temperature alkali-metal vapors
Preparing narrow velocity distributions for quantum memories in room-temperature alkali-metal vapors
Quantum memories are a crucial technology for enabling large-scale quantum networks through synchronization of probabilistic operations. Such networks impose strict requirements on quantum memory, such as storage time, retrieval efficiency, bandwidth, and scalability. On- and off-resonant ladder protocols on warm atomic vapor platforms are promising candidates, combining efficient high-bandwidth operation with low-noise on-demand retrieval. However, their storage time is severely limited by motion-induced dephasing caused by the broad velocity distribution of atoms composing the vapor. In this paper, we demonstrate velocity selective optical pumping to overcome this decoherence mechanism. This will increase the achievable memory storage time of vapor memories. This technique can also be used for preparing arbitrarily shaped absorption profiles, for instance, preparing an atomic frequency comb absorption feature.
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Main, D.
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Gao, S.
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Main, D., Hird, T.M., Gao, S., Oguz, E., Saunders, D. J., Walmsley, I.A. and Ledingham, P. (2021) Preparing narrow velocity distributions for quantum memories in room-temperature alkali-metal vapors. Physical Review A, 103 (4), [043105]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.103.043105).

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Quantum memories are a crucial technology for enabling large-scale quantum networks through synchronization of probabilistic operations. Such networks impose strict requirements on quantum memory, such as storage time, retrieval efficiency, bandwidth, and scalability. On- and off-resonant ladder protocols on warm atomic vapor platforms are promising candidates, combining efficient high-bandwidth operation with low-noise on-demand retrieval. However, their storage time is severely limited by motion-induced dephasing caused by the broad velocity distribution of atoms composing the vapor. In this paper, we demonstrate velocity selective optical pumping to overcome this decoherence mechanism. This will increase the achievable memory storage time of vapor memories. This technique can also be used for preparing arbitrarily shaped absorption profiles, for instance, preparing an atomic frequency comb absorption feature.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 March 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 April 2021

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/449739
ISSN: 1050-2947
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Author: D. Main
Author: T.M. Hird
Author: S. Gao
Author: E. Oguz
Author: D. J. Saunders
Author: I.A. Walmsley
Author: P. Ledingham

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