Composite pulses for high-fidelity population inversion in optically dense, inhomogeneously broadened atomic ensembles

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We derive composite pulse sequences that achieve high-fidelity excitation of two-state systems in an optically dense, inhomogeneously broadened ensemble. The composite pulses are resistant to distortions due to the backaction of the medium they propagate in and are able to create high-fidelity inversion to optical depths αz>10. They function well with smooth pulse shapes used for coherent control of optical atomic transitions in quantum computation and communication. They are an intermediary solution between single π-pulse excitation schemes and adiabatic passage schemes, being far more error tolerant than the former but still considerably faster than the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023830
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 22 2016


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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