Session U1: Hot Topics

10:30 AM–12:30 PM, Friday, June 7, 2013
Room: 200A

Chair: Linda Young, Argonne National Laboratory

Abstract ID: BAPS.2013.DAMOP.U1.2

Abstract: U1.00002 : All-optical switch and transistor gated by one photon

11:00 AM–11:30 AM

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  Vladan Vuletic
    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The realization of an all-optical transistor where one `gate' photon controls a `source' light beam, is a long-standing goal in optical science. By slowing and stopping a light pulse in an atomic ensemble contained inside an optical resonator, we realize a device in which one stored gate photon controls the resonator transmission and reflection of subsequently applied source photons. More than 1000 source photons can be switched by just one stored gate photon. If retrieval of the stored gate photon is required, more than two source photons can be switched.

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