A research field within general optical physics concerned with light and its material interaction: where light is modelled by full quantum mechanical description.

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Energy loss of photons crossing a dielectric medium

How much energy do photons lose when crossing an "isotropic" dielectric medium? What would be possible mechanisms. I assume the straight forward answer would be that the photon loses zero energy and ...
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What does phase shift represent in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer?

When describing the polarization of a photon, phase refers to the difference in the phases of the polarization components. E.g.: $|\psi\rangle$ = $|L\rangle$ + $i|R\rangle$ can be said to have a ...
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Wigner Function for Thermal State

I am currently doing a reading on the subject of Quantum Optics from the book "Quantum Optics by Marlan O.Scully and M.Suhail Zubairy", I am currently learning about Quasi Probability distributions. ...
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Meaning of non-degenerate photon pair

I am seeing in a lot of papers about quantum optics the term "non-degenerate photon pair", which seems like a very important concept. This may seem like a silly question, but I am an EE undergrad who ...
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What do the authors mean by “closing operator”?

I'm reading a paper titled "Luminescence spectra of quantum dots in microcavities II Fermions" (link). In section III, the authors introduce so-called closing operators. I don't have enough background ...
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How to find the covariance matrix after a partial homodyne measurement?

The Gaussian state of two modes, with quadrature operators $X_1,P_1,X_2,P_2$, is given by a displacement vector $d$ and covariance matrix $\sigma = \begin{bmatrix} Var(X_1,X1) & Var(X_1,P_1) &...
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How can I calculate the time domain correlation function in the frequency domain?

I have an operator $a(t)$, its correlation function is: $$<a(t)a^{\dagger}(t^{\prime})>=\delta(t-t^{\prime})$$ Now I need to find the correlation function in the frequency domain. i.e. to ...
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Bandwidth of second-harmonic generated (SHG) field for pulse excitation

I wanted to know the bandwidth of the second-harmonic field generated from type-I SHG process when excited with a pulse of bandwidth $\Gamma$. In this lecture notes, the author calculates the ...
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Physical Significance of Wigner Equation, Wigner Current

I am Currently doing a reading about Wigner function in Quantum optics, I learnt that the Wigner function maps the Quantum mechanical operators to phase space functions in phase space, so we can talk ...
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Parity conservation in second harmonic generation?

The second harmonic arises from susceptibility of third rank tensor $X^{(2)}$ which have (-1) parity. page 28 Let say two photons are absorbed and one is emitted, so the total change in parity is $(...
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Gaining some intuition: Photon bunching

This is a very easy question: I'm in need of some intuition on the fact that, e.g. thermal sources, produce bunched photons. It is very easy to "undertand", without any quantum mechanics, why single ...
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Von Neumann entropy of mixtures of coherent states

I'm trying to calculate the Von Neumann entropy of statistical mixtures of coherent states. The problem is that such states are in general non-Gaussian, so one cannot follow the formalism developed ...
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Is Mott insulator the same as non-compressible quantum fluid?

In the field of ultracold quantum gases we study the so called Bose-Hubbard model given in second quantization: $$\hat{\mathcal{H}} = -t\sum_{\langle i,j\rangle}\hat{a}^{\dagger}_{i}\hat{a}_{j} + \...
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Reaching equilibrium in a blackbody and light-matter interaction

Suppose we have a metallic cavity maintained at a fixed temperature. Suppose we start with any distribution of radiation that is not in equilibrium with the container. Gradually, when the equilibrium ...
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Rotating wave approximation for two coupled resonators and a drive

I'm having some trouble with what I think should be an easy calculation. On qutip.org/docs/2.2.0/examples/me/ex-25.html they calculate the steady state for a master equation, more specifically they ...
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Photons with half integer angular momentum - what's happening?

I have just read this article - what is happening? Analysing these beams within the theory of quantum mechanics they predicted that the angular momentum of the photon would be half-integer, and ...
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How is the conversion from an operator equation to a c-number stocastic differential equation justified?

In many papers on laser dynamics theory, quantum Langevin equation of operators is converted to c-number stocastic differential equations, which is analyzed to obtain results. However, why this ...
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Sech laser pulse time-bandwidth product calculation

Find the time bandwidth product for a $\operatorname{sech}$ shaped pulse. Attempt: I know that the time bandwidth product $\Delta t \Delta \omega$ for a $\operatorname{sech}$ shaped pulse must be $...
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Why probability of detection of optimum unambiguous discrimination between linearly independent symmetric states is less than random guess? [duplicate]

Considering the analysis and result of this paper, http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/9807023v1.pdf, I have used equation (3.15) and (4.3) to calculate the optimum probability of success for mean photon ...
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In quantum optics if you measure the energy of a thermal state does it collapse to a Fock state (Photon number state)?

As I understand it a thermal state is a state of light such that the light is in a superposition of many Fock states (Photon number states) with the probability of the light being found in a ...
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Why probability of detection by performing unambiguous quantum measurement is less than random guess in mesoscopic quantum regime?

In mesoscopic quantum regime (mean photon number 10000) and non-orthogonal coherent state(number of non-orthogonal coherent state 2000), why probability of detection by performing quantum unambiguous ...
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Difference between Amplitude and Intensity Interferometer?

A lot of books explain the first order and second order coherence correlations for light. They explain the difference between these using interferometers (Michelson and Hanbury-Brown and Twiss (HBT) ...
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Second Order Coherence of NOON State

Given the entangled state $\vert NOON \rangle =\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\vert N,0\rangle + \vert 0,N\rangle)$ how can the second order coherence function at time $\tau$ and 0 be calculated? I know that $g^{...
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Master equation approach only suitable for good cavity laser?

As I understand, master equation and quantum Langevin equation are equivalent formalisms. However, in a Review of Modern Physics article titled sub-Poissonian processes in quantum optics, the author ...
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Resonance Fluorescence spectrum of a symmetric state of two atoms

So recently I've learned about the fluorescence spectrum of an atom (say a two level system) driven by a laser close to its resonance frequency. You get a dressing of the atom states with the laser, ...
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What exactly happens when total internal reflection takes place at a quantum level?

What happens when light interacts with the boundary between 2 mediums at a quantum level? Why is it totally reflected back when it is travelling from an optically denser to a less dense medium? How ...
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Representing operators in the Glauber-Sudarshan P-representation

If $| \alpha >$ represents a coherent state (the normalized right eigenstate of the destruction operator $a$ in Quantum Mechanics; $\alpha$ is a complex number), then it is known that: \begin{...
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What is the easiest way to prepare a Glauber coherent state? [closed]

Without using a laser source. Can you, for example, create a coherent state by filtering another light source (incandescent light bulb, LED, etc)?
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Beam Splitter: looking for a “not-typical” second quantization but full-quantum description

In all the books of Quantum Optics I read, the theory of beam-splitter (BS) is presented in more or less the same way, e.g. introduction of the transmission-reflection matrix, case study of the single ...
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How do pulse properties relate to the pulse's peak power?

Let's say we know the temporal shape of an optical pulse, which is $E(t) = E_0 \cdot f(t)$, where $E(t)$ is the electric field, $E_0$ its amplitude and $f(t)$ the shape function (e.g. $sech^2$, ...
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Vaccuum expectations for a string of creation and annihilation operators

I want to determine the vaccum expectation value of a string of creation and annihilation operators. They have a very specific form: $$\langle \prod_{i=1}^n \hat{a}(k_i) \, \, \hat{N}_1 \prod_{j=1}^n ...
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Can a simple harmonic oscillator describe Rabi oscillations?

I've been trying to simulate a resonant laser oscillation of a two level atom with Rabi frequency $\Omega$ and a rate of spontaneous emission $\Gamma$. So the wavefunction would be $\mid \Psi\rangle = ...
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How to transform a wigner function to represent loss of mode information (coarse graining)?

I have a highly multi-mode gaussian wigner function representing an optical field: $$W\left(\{p\},\{q\}\right)=\mathrm{Exp}\left(-\sum_{j=0}^{f}(b_{j}q^{2}_{j}+a_{j}p^{2}_{j})\right).$$ However the ...
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Why “vacuum” in vacuum Rabi splitting (VRS)?

What is the role of "vacuum" in vacuum Rabi splitting (VRS)? Also, does VRS arise because of quantized nature of light? If not, what is a semiclassical explanation for VRS?
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Normal Ordering and Smearing

I read on Wikipedia two different descriptions of the "Husimi-Q representation." One is that it is the Wigner function convolved with a Gaussian, which in particular results in a positive definite ...
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SPDC and single photon production

In Spatial Parametric Down Conversion, incoming photons are split into entangled photon pairs by passing through a non-linear optical medium. Since I get a photon pair as an output then how can I say ...
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Generating Single photons

How can single photons be generated by making a coherent state weaker by attenuating it?(For reference please see, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang, 10th edition,pg....
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generating function method for expectation values of operator products

Many times in quantum physics we face a problem of calculating expectation values of normal product operators. Assume we have a two level system with creation and annihilation operators $\hat{a}$ and $...
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How to include temperature effect in optical bloch equations (optical pumping)?

My problem is about the optical pumping of Alkali atoms by circularly polarized pump light. Consider a circular polarized light ($\Delta m=+1$) $$\vec{E}(z,t)= \vec{E}^{(+)}_0 e^{-i\nu t}+c.c. $$ ...
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damped quantum harmonic oscillator - evolution of coherent state

I am trying to solve the following Master equation (also similar to damped quantum harmonic oscillator): $$\frac{d\hat{\rho}}{dt} = \frac{\Gamma}{2}\left(2\hat{a}\hat{\rho}\hat{a}^{\dagger} - \hat{a}^...
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Wigner functions, symmetry

I'm trying to get more insight into quasiprobability distributions, as for example the Wigner function. There are some Wigner functions, which are symmetric. Symmetric: Fock state Thermal states ...
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Wave vector relation in nonlinear material

A light wave ($k_1,\omega_1$) travels in a medium of refractive index $n_1$ and then encounters a nonlinear medium ($n_2$) under the angle $\theta_1$. Snell's law tells us the wave's direction in the ...
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What is the reason behind total internal reflection?

I know that when we increase i , r increases unevenly, i.e i increases a little but r increases with a greater amount. At some time, when i reaches the critical angle, r becomes 90 and if we further ...
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Gravitational Lensing Example

Like this tomato wrapped underwater and how light is bent around it does the way a black whole bends space and light in the same way?
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Annihilating coherent state

Starting facts Annihilation operator $a$ removes one photon from fock state. Coherent states are eigenstates of annihilation operator and they are also superposition of different fock states. This ...
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Atomic system satisfying a simple level scheme

I have a simple two level system with an allowed dipole transition between the levels. The top level is also allowed to decay to another third level (looks a bit like a lambda system). Could someone ...
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Exact meaning of “pi/2 pulse”

In studying Mach-Zehnder and Ramsey interferometers, I came across the expression "$\pi/2$ pulse". What does it mean exactly? I am working with a Bloch vector representation $(u,v,w)$ of a 2 state ...
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Multi-photon excitation probability for a two-level system

If a two-level system with a lifetime $\tau$ is excited with a pulse of duration $t_{pulse}$, what is the probability of exciting more than one photon? For simplicity we can take it to be a $\alpha \...
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Varying the Predictability in a Double Slit Experiment

I know that the Englert-Greenberger-Yasin Duality Relation states that as the predictability of finding a photon at a slit in a double slit experiment increases, the visibility of the interference ...
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What exactly makes transmittance of graphene change from linear to exponential?

Up to 5 layers, the transmittance of graphene is linear (2.3% per layer): (source) Beyond 5 layers (I assume) the transmittance is exponential, following Beer–Lambert law. What gives rise to this ...