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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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 ...
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Transformation of Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian

This is the Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian in the interaction picture: $H_i^n = \hbar g \sqrt{n+1}\begin{pmatrix} 0 & \exp(-i\delta t)\\ \exp(i\delta t) & 0 \end{pmatrix}$ I want to transform ...
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Reason for the difference between Photoluminescence and RAMAN widths

I am measuring the Photoluminescence and RAMAN spectra of a few samples but am unable to understand one thing, why are the width of the photoluminescence bulges so broad while the width of the RAMAN ...
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What is the different between a dark state and a ground state?

In a atomic quantum system, typically discussing in quantum optics, there is something called dark state. A dark state is a state of a quantum system that does not emit any photon. A ground state also ...
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What happens to the Fringe Width when the velocity of electrons passing through the slit in Young's Double Slit Experiment increases?

A beam of electron is used in Young's Double Slit Experiment. The slit width is d. Then the velocity of electron is increased. What happens to the Fringe Width? My approach: $$\beta = ...
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How the Jordan Schwinger components transform the mode operators in a Beam Splitter- component

Hello, I am unsure how to prove this equation. It is suggested to take the derivative with respect to theta on both sides and use commutation relations for the Jordan Schwinger operators. I can't ...
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Varying the Relative Amounts of Light Passing Through Each Slit in the Double Slit Experiment

What happens if different amounts of light pass through each slit in the double slit experiment? For example, if twice as much light passed through one slit as through the other slit, how would the ...
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Computing covariance matrix of two mode state?

Suppose that I want to calculate the covariance matrix of the state of modes $A$ and $C$ with quadrature $(x_a, p_a)$ and $(x_b,p_b)$ . But instead of the state in order to calculate all expectation ...
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The definition of Gaussian State

Could you clarify to me what is a Gaussian state? I know what is a Gaussian function and Gaussian distribution, but I don't know how to respond to other when they ask me to provide the definition of a ...
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Can thermal states of light be monochromatic?

As one can read from the quantum optics textbooks each mode of light of a certain frequency, spatial configuration and polarization can be considered as a quantum harmonic oscillator. One can imagine ...
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element effect on quantum dot band gap

Main Question: Why do Au QDs have quantum confinement effects which change optical behavior from the bulk Au, whie certain other elements (such as Fe) are typically not shown to have the same ...
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Diagonalizing a linearized optomechanical Hamiltonian

in the paper Nonlinear Interaction Effects in a Strongly Driven Optomechanical Cavity, the authors diagonalize the Hamiltonian (equation (2) in the paper) $$H_1=−Δd^†d+ω_Mb^†b+G(d+d^†)(b+b^†)$$ in ...
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Quantum Crypto infrastructure & hardware

To implement real quantum cryptography in the real world, does the physical link layer from Point A to Point B be an optical link for all parts? Is there any links or whitepaper containing prototypes ...
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What is the exact mechanism in line broadening of transition frequencies?

I've been having trouble understanding why transition lines in unperturbed states are not infinitely narrow. I'll run through my reasoning and hopefully that helps find the flaw. I imagine that if we ...
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How could you match the phase of two waves?

Imagine the Mach-Zehnder interferometer with split beams of a laser guided in a way that would result in constructive interference in one direction and destructive interference in the remaining ...
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Is there a beam splitter in time?

I have a train of pulses (with some known time separation between them) and I want to mix two of these (perform an XOR - beam splitter transformation - between them), leaving the rest alone. How do I ...
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Maxwell equations and quantized electromagnetic field

When the electromagnetic field is quatized for a single mode, we first take Maxwell equations and proceed to write the electric and magnetic field as a stationary wave, since we consider the ...
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How is the temporal coherence of a pulse defined?

I am having problem with the concept of coherence and photon degeneracy. The temporal coherence of pulse is defined in Born and Wolf as: $$t_c=\lambda^2/c\Delta\lambda$$ (The time a photon takes to ...
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Stimulated emission role in laser cooling

Laser cooling can be achieved by exciting an atomic system, in order to "pump" atoms in the excited state. This gives a recoil momentum $\hbar k$ the the atom, which then emits spontaneously. As ...
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Interpretation of different values of antibunching

When the frequency resolved second order correlation function at zero time delay, $$g^{(2)}(\omega_1, \omega_2) = \frac{\langle a_1^\dagger a_1(t) a_2^\dagger a_2(t)\rangle}{\langle a_1^\dagger ...
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Alternate Young double slit experiment

What will happen in Young's double slit experiment, when instead of screen I put a black screen with a hole and a second screen behind the black one. Will it still form interference pattern albeit a ...
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Why does the discussion in a certain reference frame gives us the correct physics?

The question: whenever you are dealing with quantum optics you will encounter a lot of unitary transformations very soon. A question that is in my mind for quite a long time is: Why does the ...
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Do photons emitted from a LED show bunching?

If photons are emitted from a thermal source, we get photon bunching. For coherent radiation, the detection probability doesn't change after detecting a photon. For single photon sources, we get ...
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Is the truncated Wigner method efficiently classical simulatable?

The continuous-variable Gottesman-knill theorem says that the operation which varying the initial state described as the gaussian function (such as vacuum) to the final state described as the gaussian ...
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Are there any other tests demonstrating wave properties besides interference and diffraction?

Are there any other tests demonstrating wave properties besides interference and diffraction? How about refraction? Does it show wave properties also?
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Are coherent states of light 'classical' or 'quantum'?

Coherent states of light, defined as $$|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle $$ for a given complex number $\alpha$ and where $|n\rangle$ is a ...
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Time multiplexed detector - pulse dispersion - foruier limits.

I'm currently in my second semester in physics and a couple of weeks ago I saw a job offer in the optics department of my university. Although I don't know much about optics, since we didn't deal with ...
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Entanglement of coherent states

I am new to quantum optics and I am trying to understand whether coherent states of the field could be entangled. Let's consider, for example, a two-mode state: $|\psi^{AB} \rangle = \frac{1}{c} ...
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Electron momentum distribution and wavefunction in momentum space

Does there exist any relationship between the electron momentum distribution used in above threshold ionization and the wave function in momentum space? In other words, starting with the wavefunction ...
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Are photons inside the media massive? If yes, why there is no Meissner effect?

We all know in vacuum travels with speed $c$, hence its rest mass has to be 0. In the media the light speed $v<c$. Then the photon renormalized by the medium (call it "quasi-photon" if you like), ...
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Which qubit states are accessible with linear optics operations?

Given a quantum state of $n$ qubits, and being restricted to linear optics (that is, the output annihilation operators are linear combinations of the input annihilation operators): Which states are ...
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Output of a beamsplitter with photon number (Fock) state inputs

Given a beamsplitter drawn below, where $\hat{a}$ and $\hat{b}$ are input modal annihilation operators, transmissivity is $\tau\in[0,1]$, and output modal annihilation operators are ...
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Is there a theoretical derivation of Kim's delayed choice quantum eraser?

Is there a theoretical derivation of Kim's delayed choice quantum eraser? The original paper only shows the experimental data.
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Gain clamping and threshold gain in quantum optics

We increase the pump power of a laser to the point where laser action starts, i.e. the threshold gain is reached. Now we increase the pump power even more, which increases the intensity of the cavity ...
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'size' of a photon

What's the smallest apperture a photon can pass through? I mean with no transmission at all. I'm pretty sure I saw long ago an experiment when they were reducing the size of a hole in a gold film and ...
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Obtain the Lagrangian from the system of coupled equation [closed]

In this particular paper, "Interaction between a moving mirror and radiation pressure: A Hamiltonian formulation" by C.K.Law, PhysRevA.51.2537 \begin{equation} ...
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Are the Wigner and Husimi transforms injective?

I am wondering if the Wigner function is injective. By injective I mean, that, for every density matrix $\rho$, there is a different Wigner distribution. The same question applies to the Husimi ...
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Are Rabi oscillations a pure quantum process?

Rabi oscillations are commonly known as the oscillations in time of the occupation probability of a quantum two-level system under the action of a coupling interaction between the two-levels. ...
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In Rayleigh's criterion, why does length not figure in the minimum achievable resolution?

For an $n$ slitted grating, Rayleigh's criterion is given by: $\frac{\Delta \lambda}{\lambda} = \frac{1}{Nm}$ (*) When I imagine two lightwaves of slightly different wavelength being shown through ...
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Verdet Constant and optical pumping

While studying Faraday rotation (linear magneto-optic rotation) I came across a fact that Faraday rotation can be enhanced. Verdet constant which depends on the wavelength can be enhanced as change in ...
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How does a laser emit light in a coherent state?

Lasers work by stimulated emission of atomic transitions. Stimulated emission produces two photons which, because the particle number is well-defined, projects the field into a Fock state. However, it ...
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Why does optical pumping of Rubidium require presence of magnetic field?

The optical pumping experiment of Rubidium requires the presence of magnetic field, but I don't understand why. The basic principle of pumping is that the selection rule forbids transition from ...
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Light (Laser) operated optical switch

I have searched the web and found that optical switches are activated either through mechanical or electro/magnetics. Making them sort of Optomechanical or optoelectronic switches. Lets exclude ...
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Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC always in phase?

Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC (spontaneous parametric down conversion) always in phase? In Kim's delayed choice quantum eraser, two entangled photons are produced by a BBQ ...
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Is the master equation appropriate for a single system?

The master equation (Lindblad equation) describes the evolution of the density matrix of a system. Since it is a density matrix, so inherently, it describes an ensemble instead of a single system? In ...
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Silicon Laser and Laser mirrors

If I will place Silicon as the active medium to create a Silicon Laser. Why I cannot achieve Lasing ? secondly, why do we always consider Laser mirrors in an standing position along the optical axis ...
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Thought experiment on light accumulation

Consider an object which is a spherical one-way mirror, and let's call it the "Sphere". For the needs of the thought experiment, suppose that: the Sphere is perfectly spherical the mirror is ...