Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Prof. Ifan G Hughes, Joint Quantum Centre, Durham University

Friday 05 December 2014, 1500-1600
C1 Physics Building

Quantum Optics in dense thermal vapours

The study of light propagation through thermal atomic vapours subject to external magnetic fields is a flourishing area of research. The applications of the technique range from devices (a compact optical isolator, narrow-line filters) to fundamental physics (measuring the cooperative Lamb shift). In the talk I will describe experimental and theoretical work to model the electric susceptibility of a vapour of alkali-metal atoms; and finish with an outlook for cooperative quantum optics in dense thermal vapours.