MCQST Colloquium: Anders S. Sørensen

6 February 2024
from 14:00 to 16:00

MCQST Colloquium | Anders S. Sørensen (University of Copenhagen)

MCQST Colloquium

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MPI of Quantum Optics | Herbert Walther Lecture Hall

Hans-Kopferman-Straße 1



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The MCQST Colloquium Series features interdisciplinary talks given by visiting international speakers. The monthly colloquium covers topics spanning all MCQST research units and will be broadcast live via Zoom for audiences worldwide. The main goal of the series is to create the framework for idea exchange, to strengthen links with QST leading groups worldwide, as well as to act as an integral part of the local educational environment.

MCQST Colloquium: Anders S. Sørensen

We are excited to invite you to the colloquium talk by Anders S. Sørensen (The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen).


14:00 | Teaser talk by Joan Agustí (WMI) on "Programmable multiqubit entanglement distribution"

14:15 | Coffee break

14:30 | Colloquium talk by Anders S. Sørensen on “Strongly interacting photons based on two-level systems coupled to waveguides: one, two, many”

Strongly interacting photons based on two-level systems coupled to waveguides: one, two, many

Photons rarely interact in free space, but by coupling them to quantum emitters it is possible to engineer strong effective photon interactions. The conceptually simplest system to realise such interactions is two-level systems strongly coupled to a waveguide. Since a single two-level atom can only absorb one photon, the transmission and reflection dynamics of a photon is strongly affected by the presence of another photon and this induces an effective interaction among the photons. Despite its simplicity this system exhibits rich and interesting physics. I will discuss some of the effects that can be observed with it.

An interesting effect, which can be realised is two-photon bound states [1]. These are the quantum limit of optical solitons [2]. I will discuss the physics of these bound states and in particular how to observe unambiguous signatures of them. A particular illustrative example can be found for bound states in tunnel coupled waveguides. In this case unbound photons can freely jump between waveguides whereas photons in a bound state always jump simultaneously and at a much slower rate (see figure) [3].

For unbound photons the scattering dynamics exhibit a rich and complicated structure including inelastic scattering and scattering resonances. I will present a complete solution of the scattering dynamics [4]. This understanding of the scattering dynamics can be used as a starting point for an effective description of quantum many-body dynamics of multiple photons. As a particular example I will show that a photonic Tonks-Girardeau gas is a stable solution for a finite chain of weakly excited atoms in a waveguide.

[1] B. Bakkensen, Y.-X. Zhang, J. Bjerlin, Anders S. Sørensen, arXiv:2110.06093
[2] S. Mahmoodian, G. Calajó, D. E. Chang, K. Hammerer, and A. S. Sørensen, Phys. Rev. X 10, 031011 (2020).
[3] B. Schrinski, J. A. Brimer, and Anders S. Sørensen, arXiv:2310.19115
[4] B. Schrinski and A. S Sørensen, New J. Phys. 24, 123023 (2022).

About Anders S. Sørensen

srensen_anders_s._profile © Ola Jakup Joensen, The Niels Bohr Institute
Anders S. Sørensen is a professor in theoretical quantum optics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Most of his research focus on developing theories for the physical implementation of quantum information processing. Mainly he works on quantum optical systems such as atoms, ions and photons, but he has also worked on solids state systems. Currently his work focusses on photonic based approaches and in particular on exploiting the efficient light-matter interaction available with quantum emitters coupled to waveguides.

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