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Choose your own interaction

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.

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Figure 1: Engineering interactions between atoms mediated by photons confined to photonic crystal structures.


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Thompson, J., Endres, M. Choose your own interaction. Nature Photon 9, 285–287 (2015).

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