Roman Mankowsky is awarded the Reimar Lüst Grant

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Publication Detail / Abstract

M. Kiffner, A. Feizpour, K. T. Kaczmarek, D. Jaksch, J. Nunn

Two-way interconversion of millimeter-wave and optical fields in Rydberg gases

published in New Journal of Physics on September 15, 2016
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We show that cold Rydberg gases enable an efficient six-wave mixing process where terahertz or microwave fields are coherently converted into optical fields and vice versa. This process is made possible by the long lifetime of Rydberg states, the strong coupling of millimeter waves to Rydberg transitions and by a quantum interference effect related to electromagnetically induced transparency. Our frequency conversion scheme applies to a broad spectrum of millimeter waves due to the abundance of transitions within the Rydberg manifold, and we discuss two possible implementations based on focussed terahertz beams and millimeter wave fields confined by a waveguide, respectively. We analyse a realistic example for the interconversion of terahertz and optical fields in rubidium atoms and find that the conversion efficiency can in principle exceed 90%.
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