YOU WANT IT DARKER: FROM QUANTUM VACUUM TO FROZEN LIGHT

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  • hochgeladen 14. September 2022

Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics describes the interaction of light with individual atoms and large objects. This talk will give an overview over phenomena emerging from various forms of electromagnetic fields: The quantum vacuum is the most peculiar state of light which only contains fluctuating fields. Its rich spatiotemporal structure has recently been revealed by means of electrooptic sampling. Vacuum fluctuations may be regarded as responsible for dispersion forces and quantum friction. The exchange of individual real photons gives rise to resonance energy transfer and interatomic Coulombic decay. Finally, a photonic Bose-Einstein condensate consists of ultracold thermalised multimode light which can be used as a sensitive quantum detector.

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Stefan Buhmann, Universität Kassel