Transformation of a single-photon field into bunches of pulses Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 American Physical Society. We propose a method to transform a single-photon field into bunches of pulses with controllable timing and number of pulses in a bunch. The method is based on transmission of a photon through an optically thick single-line absorber vibrated with a frequency appreciably exceeding the width of the absorption line. The narrow spectrum of the incoming photon is "seen" by the vibrated absorber as a comb of equidistant spectral components separated by the vibration frequency. Tuning the absorber in resonance with mth spectral component transforms the output radiation into bunches of pulses with m pulses in each bunch. We provide a simple analytical solution clearly describing this effect and experimentally demonstrate the proposed technique with a single 14.4-keV photon and an ensemble of vibrated Fe57 nuclei. This method opens an alternate way to the production of time-bin qubits.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Shakhmuratov, R. N., Vagizov, F. G., Antonov, V. A., Radeonychev, Y. V., Scully, M. O., & Kocharovskaya, O.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Shakhmuratov, RN||Vagizov, FG||Antonov, VA||Radeonychev, YV||Scully, Marlan O||Kocharovskaya, Olga

publication date

  • August 2015