Can plasmonics help outpace quantum decoherence?

Simeon I. Bogdanov, Alexandra Boltasseva, Vladimir M. Shalaev

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Photons are the primary candidates for implementing quantum networks, i.e. systems capable of distributing entanglement and transmit quantum information. Photonic modes must be coupled to matter in order to produce single photons or make them interact. However, naturally the interaction between light and matter is relatively weak, which is one of the reasons why most present photonic quantum technologies suffer from low bit rates. A targeted and strong enhancement of light-matter interaction based on plasmonic nanostructures has a potential to transform the way quantum photonic systems operate. It relies on speeding up processes beyond the rates of dephasing, rather than on achieving long coherence times in matter. We discuss our recent and planned work aimed at outpacing decoherence in quantum optical devices using nanoscale plasmonic metamaterials. We also outline future directions in the development of a platform for high-speed integrated quantum photonics and the application of machine-learning techniques for quantum optical measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, META 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Jul 23 2019Jul 26 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry


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