Large Kerr nonlinearity with a single atom

S. Rebić*, S. M. Tan, A. S. Parkins, D. F. Walls

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We propose a scheme to generate a large Kerr nonlinearity based on electromagnetically induced transparency in a single atom placed in a high-finesse microcavity. We perform a thorough analysis of the system dynamics using a dressed states approach. This system is shown to create a photon blockade effect equivalent to that for an ideal Kerr nonlinearity as recently proposed by Imamoglu et al 1997 Phys. Rev. Lett. 79 1467.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-495
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

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