Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1303.4180 (X. -W. Luo et al.)

Diffusion Effects in Gradient Echo Memory    [PDF]

X. -W. Luo, J. J. Hope, B. Hillman, T. M. Stace
We study the effects of diffusion on a $\Lambda$-gradient echo memory, which is a coherent optical quantum memory using thermal gases. The efficiency of this memory is high for short storage time, but decreases exponentially due to decoherence as the storage time is increased. We study the effects of both longitudinal and transverse diffusion in this memory system, and give both analytical and numerical results that are in good agreement. Our results show that diffusion has a significant effect on the efficiency. Further, we suggest ways to reduce these effects to improve storage efficiency.
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