Departmental Seminar

Topological edge states of interacting photon pairs

Dr Alexander N Poddubny
Ioffe Institute, St Petersburg, Russia

The recent discovery  of topological insulators has triggered interest to the search of  topological edge states of light. So far the research has been focused in  classical optics domain. Topological states of quantum light promise transport and processing of quantum information, robust against the disorder. Here, we focus on the interaction-driven edge states of photon pairs in  periodic arrays of nonlinear optical cavities. We link the edge state existence to the two-photon quantum walk graph connectivity, thus uncovering the topological nature of the many-body problem in complex lattices.

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