Title

Optical Coherent Coupling of Matter and Photons

Date of Completion

January 2011

Keywords

Physics, Quantum|Physics, Atomic

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

We study interactions between photons and matter in order to obtain a better understanding of such phenomena, for applications in quantum coherent control. Nonlinearities occurring in such systems are discussed with a view to applying them in quantum information. Specific projects discussed include the following: (1) Selection rules and relaxation rates of donor and acceptor bound excitons as a first step in achieving single photon nonlinearities in semiconductors, (2) Single photon nonlinearities in dipolar gases for which we use a standard dipole-dipole interaction calculation, and (3) Negative refraction without absorption through electromagnetically induced chirality. Methods and techniques to used are theoretical modeling and numerical simulation, with comparison to experimental results. ^