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Quantum optics

Strongly interacting photons

A fine marriage between atomic and optical physics has produced a medium that is transparent to single photons but opaque to multiple photons. The finding heralds the development of devices such as single-photon switches. See Letter p.57

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Figure 1: A stream of single photons.

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  1. *This article and the paper under discussion2 were published online on 25 July 2012.

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