Progress towards a quantum repeater - Matthew Eisaman

I will discuss progress in our group towards the realization of a quantum repeater using atomic ensembles. First, I will review experiments performed in our lab over the last few years that demonstrated single-photon generation, and the slowing, storage, and retrieval of single-photon pulses using Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) in room-temperature atomic ensembles. I will then discuss future directions designed to improve these first proof-of-principle demonstrations to a level sufficient for real-world application.