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Department of Physics

Dr. Irina Novikova
The College of William and Mary
 Irina Novikova
Cool Quantum Optics with Hot Rb Atoms
102 Cardwell Hall
October 20, 2014
4:30 p.m.


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.