Highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities in atoms trapped near a waveguide

Ephraim Shahmoon, Pjotrs Grisins, Hans Peter Stimming, Igor Mazets, Gershon Kurizki

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Nonlinear optical phenomena are typically local. Here, we predict the possibility of highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities for light propagating in atomic media trapped near a nano-waveguide, where long-range interactions between the atoms can be tailored. When the atoms are in an electromagnetically induced transparency configuration, the atomic interactions are translated to long-range interactions between photons and thus to highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities. We derive and analyze the governing nonlinear propagation equation, finding a roton-like excitation spectrum for light and the emergence of order in its output intensity. These predictions open the door to studies of unexplored wave dynamics and many-body physics with highly nonlocal interactions of optical fields in one dimension. (C) 2016 Optical Society of America
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-733
Number of pages9
Issue number7
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2016


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