Modular Quantum Memories Using Passive Linear Optics and Coherent Feedback

John Gough, H. I. Nurdin

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In this paper, we show that quantum memory for qudit states encoded in a
single photon pulsed optical eld has a conceptually simple modular realization
using only passive linear optics and coherent feedback. We exploit the idea that
two decaying optical cavities can be coupled in a coherent feedback conguration to create an internal mode of the coupled system which is isolated and decoherence-free for the purpose of qubit storage. The qubit memory can then be switched between writing/read-out mode and storage mode simply by varying the routing of certain freely propagating optical elds in the network. It is then shown that the qubit memories can be interconnected with one another to form a qudit quantum memory. We explain each of the phase of writing, storage, and read-out for this modular quantum memory scheme. The results point a way towards modular architectures for complex compound quantum memories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1017-1040
JournalQuantum Information & Computation
Issue number9 & 10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2015


  • coherent feedback
  • optical quantum memories
  • decoherence free subsystems


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