Mean-field analog of the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment with bright solitons

Sun, Zhi-Yuan, Kevrekidis, Panayotis G and Krüger, Peter (2014) Mean-field analog of the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment with bright solitons. Physical Review A, 90 (6). p. 3612. ISSN 1050-2947

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Abstract

In the present work, we theoretically propose and numerically illustrate a mean-field analog of the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment with bright solitons.More specifically, we scatter two solitons off of each other (in our setup,the bright solitons play the role of a classical analog to the quantum photons of the original experiment), while the role of the beam splitter is played by a repulsive Gaussian barrier. In our classical scenario, distinguishability of the particles yields, as expected, a 0.5 split mass on either side. Nevertheless, for very slight deviations from the completely symmetric scenario, a near-perfect transmission can be constructed instead, very similarly to the quantum-mechanical output. We demonstrate this as a generic feature under slight variations of the relative soliton speed, or of the relative amplitude in a wide parametric regime. We also explore how variations of the properties of the “beam splitter” (i.e., the Gaussian barrier) affect this phenomenology.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Richard Chambers
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 08:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66418

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