Dr. Irina Novikova
The College of William and Mary
Cool Quantum Optics with Hot Rb Atoms
102 Cardwell Hall
October 20, 2014
Harnessing quantum mechanical properties of light opens up exciting possibilities for quantum information and precision metrology. In this talk I will discuss a possible realization of strong coupling between a quantum optical field and a collective spin excitation in atomic vapor via electromagnetically induced transparency and four-wave mixing, and their possible applications. I will also review recent progress of our group in development of a vapor cell-based source of squeezed vacuum via polarization
self-rotation effect, and its applications for squeezed vacuum pulse dynamics and quantum-enhanced measurements.