Quantum information processing with light offers the possibility of advanced technologies for computing and simulation, running at high clock-rates in ambient conditions. However logic operations are non-deterministic and require some way of storing photons in order to be scalable. I am investigating the possibility of using Brillouin scattering to convert photons into acoustic waves (phonons) inside a diamond, as a means of light storage. The work draws on recent progress in optomechanics and quantum memories, and could find applications in conventional photonic switching as well as in the quantum domain.
PhD Title: Light Storage in Diamond via Stimulated Brillouin Absorption