Solid state quantum memory using complete absorption and re-emission of photons by tailored and externally controlled inhomogeneous absorption profiles

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We present a scheme for storage and retrieval of the quantum state of a single-photon or a weak classical or non-classical optical wave-packet, in a solid-state medium. We describe how the spectral absorption profile of a material such as a rare-earth-ion-doped crystal can be manipulated to efficiently absorb and subsequently reemit a wave-packet, in a photon echo-like process. We discuss how the scheme can be realised experimentally and suggest candidate materials for the storage medium.


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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


  • rare-earth-ion doped crystals, quantum state reconstruction, quantum state storage, photon echo
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-403
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch