Quantum simulations of 1D systems with Rydberg polaritons

Presenting Author: Hudson Pimenta, University of Toronto
Contributing Author(s): Aaron Goldberg, Josiah Sinclair, Kent Bonsma-Fisher

A dark polariton is a quasiparticle emerging in the context of electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT). It consists of a superposition of a photonic and a collective atomic excitation that is very long-lived, owing to the conditions that minimize dissipation associated with EIT. The dark polaritons may be made to interact through the choice of Rydberg atoms, which experience very strong van der Waals interaction due to their huge polarizability. We discuss a protocol for implementing quantum many-body physics through Rydberg dark polaritons, particularly in the context of one-dimensional systems.

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