Volume 9 Issue 5 May 2015

Volume 9 Issue 5

Specially engineered two-dimensional photonic crystals can provide a platform to both trap atoms and engineer their interactions, enabling the exploration of new forms of quantum many-body matter.

Article p320; News & Views p285




  • Editorial |

    New synchrotron sources are being commissioned and built around the globe, with an emphasis on developing countries. Given the obvious benefits, the trend is encouraging.

Research Highlights

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    Photonic crystal structures enable the controlled creation of long-range atomic interactions and may be a powerful tool for quantum simulation when combined with laser-cooled atoms.

    • Jeff Thompson
    •  & Manuel Endres
  • News & Views |

    The ability to invoke and switch between asymmetric lasing states in two coupled cavities built in a nonlinear photonic crystal creates opportunities for a new form of optical memory.

    • Boris A. Malomed
  • News & Views |

    The finding that multimode optical fibres support a rich and complex mix of spatial and temporal nonlinear phenomena could yield a plethora of promising applications.

    • Antonio Picozzi
    • , Guy Millot
    •  & Stefan Wabnitz
  • News & Views |

    Competitive activities around the globe to develop the world's brightest synchrotron light source have accelerated in recent years. Taiwanese scientists now aspire to be at the top of the list with the recently constructed Taiwan Photon Source.

    • Noriaki Horiuchi



  • Letter |

    The capabilities of continuous variable (CV) quantum technology — homodyne detection and characterization of Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen entangled light — are demonstrated by sending CV light at 860 nm to optical circuits on a chip.

    • Genta Masada
    • , Kazunori Miyata
    • , Alberto Politi
    • , Toshikazu Hashimoto
    • , Jeremy L. O'Brien
    •  & Akira Furusawa


  • Article |

    Researchers propose that a cold atom in a one-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide can form a cavity. This system should allow interaction with other atoms within the effective cavity length.

    • J. S. Douglas
    • , H. Habibian
    • , C.-L. Hung
    • , A. V. Gorshkov
    • , H. J. Kimble
    •  & D. E. Chang
  • Article |

    A quantum memory based on a Raman scheme is implemented for photonic qubits encoded in the path and polarization of single photons. The performance is quantified before and after storage in cold atomic ensembles and the storage bandwidth is 140 MHz.

    • Dong-Sheng Ding
    • , Wei Zhang
    • , Zhi-Yuan Zhou
    • , Shuai Shi
    • , Bao-Sen Shi
    •  & Guang-Can Guo
  • Article |

    2D Raman spectroscopy, based on fifth-order optical nonlinearity, is performed with a single beam of shaped fs optical pulses. The scheme inherently eliminates the cascade signal, making the vibrational coupling information easy to extract.

    • Hadas Frostig
    • , Tim Bayer
    • , Nirit Dudovich
    • , Yonina C. Eldar
    •  & Yaron Silberberg