the FET Work Programme 2016-2017 - FETFLAG-02-2017: Coordination and Support Action for Quantum Technologies


The 2016-2017 FET programme has been updated in order to include a new call for a coordination action for Quantum Technologies

the FET Work Programme 2016-2017 has been adopted yesterday and is now available here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-fet_en.pdf

As you will see on page 36, there is an additional call FETFLAG-02-2017: Coordination and Support Action for Quantum Technologies

The call will open on 23 May 2017 and close on 26 September 2017.

Dr. Johannes Deiglmayr - Laureate of the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize 2017

Dr. Johannes Deiglmary has been awarded the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize 2017 for outstanding scientific achievements in physical chemistry, by the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 25, 2017.

Rydberg-induced optical nonlinearities from a cold atomic ensemble trapped inside a cavity


R. Boddeda, I. Usmani, E. Bimbard, A. Grankin, A. Ourjoumtse, E. Brion & P. Grangier


J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 49, 084005 (2016)

We experimentally characterize the optical nonlinear response of a cold atomic medium placed inside an optical cavity, and excited to Rydberg states. The excitation to S and D Rydberg levels is carried out via a two-photon transition in an electromagnetically induced transparency configuration, with a weak (red) probe beam on the lower transition, and a strong (blue) coupling beam on the upper transition. The observed optical nonlinearities induced by S states for the probe beam can be explained using a semi-classical model with van der Waals' interactions.

Inelastic Photon Scattering via the Intracavity Rydberg Blockade


A. Grankin, E. Brion, R. Boddeda, S. Ćuk, I. Usmani, A. Ourjoumtsev & P. Grangier


Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 253602 (2016)

Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a ladder system involving a Rydberg level is known to yield giant optical nonlinearities for the probe field, even in the few-photon regime. This enhancement is due to the strong dipole-dipole interactions between Rydberg atoms and the resulting excitation blockade phenomenon. In order to study such highly correlated media, ad hoc models or low-excitation assumptions are generally used to tackle their dynamical response to optical fields.

Nonlinear optical susceptibility of EIT systems with a degenerate Rydberg level


Jovica Stanojevic, Philippe Grangier & Robin Côté


J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 49, 124003 (2016)

It has been demonstrated that very large optical nonlinearities can arise in cold Rydberg gases from strong Rydberg–Rydberg interactions. The interactions between atoms excited to a degenerate Rydberg level are described by a large number of molecular potentials which greatly complicates the theoretical treatment of these systems. We here present a method for very accurate calculation of the third order interaction-induced optical nonlinearities that fully includes the angle-dependent mixing of molecular states by the control optical field.

Quantum-optical nonlinearities induced by Rydberg-Rydberg interactions: A perturbative approach


A. Grankin, E. Brion, E. Bimbard, R. Boddeda, I. Usmani, A. Ourjoumtsev & P. Grangier


Phys. Rev. A 92, 043841 (2015)

In this article, we theoretically study the quantum statistical properties of the light transmitted through or reflected from an optical cavity, filled by an atomic medium with strong optical nonlinearity induced by Rydberg-Rydberg van der Waals interactions. Atoms are driven on a two-photon transition from their ground state to a Rydberg level via an intermediate state by the combination of a weak signal field and a strong control beam.

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