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Chiral quantum optics

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (66th percentile)

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22 news outlets
2 blogs
44 tweeters
1 Facebook page

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Chiral quantum optics
Published in
Nature, January 2017
DOI 10.1038/nature21037
Pubmed ID

Peter Lodahl, Sahand Mahmoodian, Søren Stobbe, Arno Rauschenbeutel, Philipp Schneeweiss, Jürgen Volz, Hannes Pichler, Peter Zoller


Advanced photonic nanostructures are currently revolutionizing the optics and photonics that underpin applications ranging from light technology to quantum-information processing. The strong light confinement in these structures can lock the local polarization of the light to its propagation direction, leading to propagation-direction-dependent emission, scattering and absorption of photons by quantum emitters. The possibility of such a propagation-direction-dependent, or chiral, light-matter interaction is not accounted for in standard quantum optics and its recent discovery brought about the research field of chiral quantum optics. The latter offers fundamentally new functionalities and applications: it enables the assembly of non-reciprocal single-photon devices that can be operated in a quantum superposition of two or more of their operational states and the realization of deterministic spin-photon interfaces. Moreover, engineered directional photonic reservoirs could lead to the development of complex quantum networks that, for example, could simulate novel classes of quantum many-body systems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 2%
Germany 3 1%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Japan 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Other 5 2%
Unknown 239 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 103 39%
Researcher 49 19%
Student > Master 32 12%
Student > Bachelor 18 7%
Professor > Associate Professor 18 7%
Other 42 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 201 77%
Engineering 28 11%
Unspecified 12 5%
Chemistry 7 3%
Materials Science 6 2%
Other 8 3%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 197. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 February 2017.
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