The Photon and the Vacuum Cleaner

Date: 
Friday, May 19, 2006 (All day)
Speaker: 
Ian Walmsley
Speaker's Institution: 
Oxford University

Quantum technologies based on optics often rely on photon bunching and measurement with feedforward to achieve an effective nonlinear interaction between otherwise transparent particles. The efficacy of this strategy for implementing nonlinear interactions requires pure state single photon wave packets. These, however, are not so easy to come by. In this talk I will discuss some methods and tools that enable the preparation of such states.