Topological Photonics with Twisted Resonators and Braided Circuits

9 11/2015

Monday, 09 Nov. 2015, 17:00 - 18:00

Presenter: Jonathan Simon
Host: tba
Where: Ernst-Mach-Hörsaal, 2. Stck., Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Wien

I will present recent work exploring topological phases of photons. Beginning with a spin-hall meta-material for RF photons in coupled resonators (in conjunction with the SchusterLab), I will proceed to a description of recent progress towards strongly interacting topological microwave circuits. I will also describe a parallel effort demonstrating Landau levels for optical photons in non-planar (twisted) optical resonators, and work to mediate strong interactions between harmonically confined, massive photons using resonator Rydberg-EIT. This work holds short-term promise for dissipative production of photonic Laughlin states, and long-term potential as a route to controlled studies of anyons.