- Published on 21 October 2021
Guest Editors: David Clément, Joseph Thywissen, and Philippe Grangier
Submissions are invited for a Topical Issue in EPJD on “Quantum Optics of Light and Matter: honouring Alain Aspect”. The issue is intended to gather contributions from contemporary research on quantum and atom optics, including frontier problems in quantum physics and quantum simulations with photons and ultra-cold gases, and covering theory, experiments, and applications.
Research conducted by Alain Aspect in the 1980s with photons were fundamental to the experimental demonstration of non-local quantum correlations – entanglement – through the violation of Bell inequalities, as well as to the development of single-photon sources. Following these advances, both fundamental research of entanglement and applications in quantum communications have flourished. In the 1990s, Alain entered the emerging field of atomic matter waves, with seminal contributions to laser cooling of atoms, in the group around Claude Cohen-Tannoudji at ENS and Collège de France. This led him to launch the Atom Optics research group at Institut d’Optique with the aim of investigating the properties of matter waves at ultra-low temperatures.
In direct connection with the properties of light waves, atom lasers and analogues of Quantum Optics experiments with atoms were studied at Institut d’Optique, from the observation of Hanbury-Brown and Twiss bunching to the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect. Helium, which allows for single-atom detection in its metastable state, holds a special place in these studies. Later, inspired by problems found in condensed matter physics, Alain and his collaborators used ultracold atoms to revisit transport properties of matter waves in disorder, which culminated in the observation of the Anderson localization of a matter wave. Over the past years, further experiments involving a high degree of control on ultracold atoms or on photons have flourished and are referred to as quantum simulations. Central goals of quantum simulations are to understand the physics of strongly interacting quantum systems and to engineer highly entangled states for applications ranging from computing to metrology. Today, the excitement and impact of the "second quantum revolution," in which Alain's research has played a leading role, is appreciated around the world.
This topical issue is now open for submission of contributions. We invite interested authors to contact the guest editors, providing a tentative title and a short abstract of their prospective contribution. The full manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline directly to the EPJD Editorial Office at https://www.editorialmanager.com/epjd/
Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Topical Issue on “Quantum Optics of Light and Matter: Honouring Alain Aspect”. Papers will be published continuously and will appear as soon as accepted on the journal website. The electronic version of the Topical Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. Submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More information about EPJD, including instructions for authors is available at http://epjd.epj.org/.
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