Quantum Optics with Solid-State Quantum Emitters


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  • Speaker: Nick Vamivakas, Institute of Optics (University of Rochester)
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 04/02/2013
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: 335 West Hall

  • Description:

    Optically active semiconductor quantum dots and defects in solids behave in many ways like artificial atoms.  The ease with which they interact with optical fields has made possible a number of quantum optical investigations. In this talk I will discuss some of our recent experiments that explore how a semiconductor quantum-dot optical transition interacts with a resonant laser.  We exploit this interaction to not only optically measure quantum-dot electron spin orientation, but also to generate ultra coherent single photons. Finally, I will discuss a second proof-of-principle experiment demonstrating the possibility of fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy with a single nitrogen vacancy center in diamond.  In our experiments we measure the local density of optical states of a proximal nanoscale optical antenna.