Few-photon transport in Fano-resonance waveguide geometries

Kristoffer B. Joanesarson, Jake Iles-Smith, Mikkel Heuck, Jesper Mørk

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We present a theoretical study of Fano interference effects in few-photon transport. Under appropriate conditions, a local defect in an optical waveguide induces a highly asymmetric transmission line shape, characteristic of Fano interference. For a two-level emitter placed adjacent to such a defect, here modeled as a partially transmitting element, we find an analytical expression for the full-time evolution of single-photon wave packets and the emitter excitation probability. We show how the partially transmitting element affects the emitter lifetime and shifts the spectral position of the effective system resonances. Using input-output formalism, we determine the single- and two-photon S matrices for both a two-level emitter and a cavity-emitter system coupled to a waveguide with a partially transmitting element. We show how the Fano interference effect can be exploited for the implementation of a Hong-Ou-Mandel switch in analogy with a tunable linear or nonlinear beam splitter.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2020


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