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Unique nonreciprocal devices via coupling

In a study published in Physical Review Applied, researchers establish a potential avenue for quantum information processing involving magnons and microwave photons.

Scientific Achievement

Nonreciprocal strong coupling between magnons and microwave photons are obtained for the first time, enabling asymmetric signal routing in a significantly broadened frequency range.

Significance and Impact

The findings establish a promising direction for an emergent class of nonreciprocal devices for coherent/quantum information processing, which are essential for increasing communication channel capacity and suppressing undesired interferences.

Research Details

  • Chirality is introduced to microwave photons in a specially engineered integrated cavity, enabling direction-dependent strong coupling with magnon excitations.
  • The magneto-electro-optical spectrometer at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) was used.

Work was performed in part at CNM.


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