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Self-Organization of Atoms along a Nanophotonic Waveguide

By D. E. Chang, J. I. Cirac and H. J. Kimble


Atoms coupled to nanophotonic interfaces represent an exciting frontier for the investigation of quantum light-matter interactions. While most work has considered the interaction between statically positioned atoms and light, here we demonstrate that a wealth of phenomena can arise from the self-consistent interaction between atomic internal states, optical scattering, and atomic forces. We consider in detail the case of atoms coupled to a one-dimensional nanophotonic waveguide and show that this interplay gives rise to the self-organization of atomic positions along the waveguide, which can be probed through distinct characteristics in the reflection and transmission spectra

Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:authors.library.caltech.edu:37909
Provided by: Caltech Authors

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