Nonlinear optics using cold Rydberg atoms

Jonathan D. Pritchard, Kevin J. Weatherill, Charles S. Adams

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


The implementation of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a cold Rydberg gas provides an attractive route towards strong photon--photon interactions and fully deterministic all-optical quantum information processing. In this brief review we discuss the underlying principles of how large single photon non-linearities are achieved in this system and describe experimental progress to date.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cold Atoms and Molecules
EditorsKirk W Madison, Yiqiu Wang, Ana Maria Rey, Kai Bongs
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • electromagnetically induced transparency
  • cold Rydberg gas
  • photon interactions
  • quantum information processing

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Pritchard, J. D., Weatherill, K. J., & Adams, C. S. (2013). Nonlinear optics using cold Rydberg atoms. In K. W. Madison, Y. Wang, A. M. Rey, & K. Bongs (Eds.), Annual Review of Cold Atoms and Molecules (Vol. 1, pp. 301-350).