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Electromagnetically Induced Transparency on a Single Artificial Atom

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  • A. A. Abdumalikov
  • O. Astafiev
  • A. M. Zagoskin
  • Yuri Pashkin
  • Y. Nakamura
  • J. S. Tsai
Article number193601
Journal publication date11/05/2010
JournalPhysical review letters
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


We present experimental observation of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) on a single macroscopic artificial "atom'' (superconducting quantum system) coupled to open 1D space of a transmission line. Unlike in an optical media with many atoms, the single-atom EIT in 1D space is revealed in suppression of reflection of electromagnetic waves, rather than absorption. The observed almost 100% modulation of the reflection and transmission of propagating microwaves demonstrates full controllability of individual artificial atoms and a possibility to manipulate the atomic states. The system can be used as a switchable mirror of microwaves and opens a good perspective for its applications in photonic quantum information processing and other fields.