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Single Photon Manipulation

Keyu Xia

Nanjing University


Single photon source Parametric down conversion Single-emitter based source Photon blockade Single photon isolation Single photon routing Single photon switching Propagation of single photons Single photon transistor All-optical control of single photons Photon gainTransistor with Rydberg atoms

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Generation and control of single photons are the basis of photon-based quantum information processing. This book will review the different mechanisms for single photon generation and various methods for controlling the propagation of single photons. Single-photon sources can be realized by fluorescence from a single quantum emitter, parametric down conversion in a nonlinear medium, four-wave mixing of light, or photon blockade using the self-Kerr nonlinearity. These methods are essentially different in mechanism and possess advantages in different performance. An ideal single-photon source should have high purity and generation efficiency, and is indistinguishable. In the second part of the book we will introduce the way to control single photons. Controlling the propagation of photons at the quantum level is very important in quantum information but extremely challenging. It includes single-photon routing and switching, single-photon transistor, and so on. In the final part, this book will provide an overview on the future of applications of single photons in quantum information.

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Date completed: August 20th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: November 9th 2019

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Review results due: January 28th 2020

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Keyu Xia

Nanjing University

Dr. Keyu Xia is a full professor working at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University. He received his Doctoral degree of 'Optics” in 2007 from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS. After postdoctoral research in Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Germany, in Texas A&M University in USA, and in Macquarie University in Australia, he was offered the professor position and joined Nanjing University. Dr. Xia's research interests focus on the fields of quantum optics and quantum information, in particular, superconducting quantum circuits, quantum network, quantum metrology and quantum nonlinear optics. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in the top-level journals including Nature Photonics, PRL, PRX and so on. His works have been reported by Science Magazine, Nature Photonics and media Phys.Org. The theoretical proposals for single-photon isolation have been experimentally realized by the Vienna Center of Quantum Science and Technology. His recent work of 'Thermal-motion-induced quantum optical system”, published in Nature Photonics, is selected as 'Top-10 progresses of Optics in China in 2018-Fundamental Research”. Dr. Xia was awarded the honor of 'Outstanding Reviewer of J. Phys. B” by IOP in 2018.

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