Optical Quantum Logic with Multi-Mode Cavities

Date/Time: 14th April 2010 / 16:00 - - ()

Speaker: Dr. Mark Everitt (NII)

Cavity QED offers many tantalising possibilities for interactions between light and matter that may be useful for quantum information processing. In experiments such as those with micromasers, microwave cavities with quality factors in excess of 10^10 have been demonstrated. In these experiments, single Rydberg atoms pass through the cavity and interact with the field. Historically micromasers were built to validate the Jaynes-Cummings model of a two level atom interacting with a single mode field. Modes of a microwave cavity field are an attractive resource for quantum information due to the very high quality of micromaser cavities allowing protection from the environment. Encoding qubits in modes of the field is an obvious step, however it is difficult to conceive of a system that allows a useful interaction between photons whilst keeping the atomic state separable. This is necessary as an atom leaving the cavity after interaction may leak information to the environment.