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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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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doppler cooling temperature limit

Wikipedia shows a heating effect that causes minimum temperature achievable in doppler cooling as: "The atom performs a random walk in momentum space with steps equal to the photon momentum due to ...
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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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how to arrive at first-order correlation function with the above master equation?

My question arose when I was reading a paper called " Multi-photon Blockade of the dressing of the dressed states'. This is the states this paper used: This is the master equation this paper has ...
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Why is the frequency bandwidth of the environment important for Markovianity?

In the derivation of Spontaneous Emission in two level systems in Quantum Optics (be it Wigner Weisskopf or a different approach, such as density operators to find the master equation), one makes ...
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Group theory and quantum optics

This is a question about application of group theory to physics. The starting point is the group $SU(n)$. I have a representation $R$ of $SU(n)$ that takes values on the unitary group on an infinite ...
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Pockels effect/Kerr effect

In Pockels electro-optic effect, change in Electric field produces change in refractive index/ birefringence. Moreover this effect becomes electric field squared in the case of Kerr effect. If we ...
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How to construct matrix to apply U(2) beam splitter to a N dimentional Beam

So I am trying to read this paper (no paywall here). In this the formal construction of a matrix $T$ is given as The product of matrices is equivalent to setting up experimental devices in ...
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Thomson scattering on the elections does not produce any circular polarization?

All references on CMB polarization has this statement as if it is a trivial fact. But I have to admit that I completely don't understand what this sentence is telling us.
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Ultrafast Lasers

Is the main idea of femtosecond or attosecond lasers is to achieve the high energy or do we have any other parameters achieved by ultra-fast lasers ?
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Phase noise and linewidth of laser

I learned that the linewidth of a single frequency laser is closely related to the phase noise. But this sentence from a book completely confuses me: "A quantum-limited beam in a so-called coherent ...
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Shot noise at high frequencies (can it really be ideal white noise?)

Quantum shot noise (either optical intensity noise or electrical current noise) described by the noise spectral density of $2 e I$ (electrically) or $2 h \nu P$ (optically). So it is white noise. I ...
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Quantum memories: What are they?

Searching the literature for the term "quantum memory" seems to bring up results from two different communities. On the one hand there are quantum opticians, who see a quantum memory as something ...
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How to connect Rabi frequency with absorption intensity?

If a particle with non-degenerate spectrum starts in some eigenstate, and the frequency of the external EM field matches some transition frequency, then this would lead the particle to do periodic ...
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Is $\phi_n =\left\langle \vec r | n \right\rangle $ the photon wave function?

I am a bit confused about this issue and I am still not clear whether is there is a photon wave function or not. Since we use Fock states $| n \rangle$ to represent the state of a quantized ...
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Jaynes-Cummings Model in Quantum Optics

Why doesn't JC model remain valid under the weak atom-field coupling?
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Can a two-levels photon pair be created either entangled or not entangled? [closed]

I am learning about experiments on Quantum Optics and Quantum Tomography in order to understand how to measure two qubits with an arbitrary quantum state of their polarization degrees of freedom. ...
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Density matrix of a single qubit as a function of its Stokes Parameters

$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle#1\right|} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1\right\rangle} \newcommand{\prom}[1]{\langle{#1}\rangle} \newcommand{\matrixel}[3]{\bra{#1}{#2}\ket{#3}}$ How can I prove ...
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How noisy are photon detectors?

I have a single photon detector and $N$ photons per second arrive at the detector. Then something happens and the number of incoming photons per second changes by the factor of $\alpha$. So now ...
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Calculating a resonance fluorescence spectrum (Mollow Triplet)

I was working through a lecture on quantum optics, in which we calculate the spectrum of electric field correlations of fields produced by two level emitters. Now, the part where I got stuck was ...
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Structure of white light? [duplicate]

White light is a mixture of different wavelengths. If so what will be the structure of a beam of white light ? Is there a separation between different colours ? what does it actually mean ? Does a ...
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Rationale for definition of input/output operators in quantum langevin equations

I am going through Gardiner & Zoller's 'Quantum Noise', and following the derivation of the Langevin equations in terms of input/output operators. Let the bath Hamiltonian be: ...
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Single photon pulse and its electromagnet field

I describe the temporal distribution of a single photon pulse in an interferometer experiment in vacuum via the Gaussian function $\psi$: $$ \psi(t) = \tfrac{1}{(2\pi\sigma^2)^{1/4}} \text ...
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Lowest detectable power of a laser?

What is the lowest power of a laser beam which is still detectable? More precise: If the intensity of my laser beam is reduced by a factor of $10^{-8}$, can I still detect it? Of course this depends ...
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How to represent a laser pulse in quantum optics

Every quantum optics textbook that I've found says something like "a coherent state represents the output of a laser", but a coherent state is a static thing (aside from the oscillating phase of the ...
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Rabi oscillations with quantized light: which is the “quantum” effect, collapse, revival or both?

In wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaynes%E2%80%93Cummings_model#History it is stated that It was later discovered that the revival of the atomic population inversion after its collapse is ...
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(Optical) Coherent states being all orders coherent

I recently read that coherent states $|{\alpha}\rangle = e^{-|\alpha|^2/2} \sum_{n=0}^\infty{\frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|{n}\rangle }$ are all orders coherent, according to the definitions given on ...
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Why does an external laser drive only couples certain levels?

I was always wondering how is it that all the quantum optics levels schemes are depicted as if the laser couples only two certain levels with some frequency. For exmaple the standard lambda system ...
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Flip of polarisation of light

Consider an optical experiment with photons or light pulses. Is there an optical element that acts in the polarisation degree of freedom like the unitary $$ U = \frac 1 {\sqrt 2} \begin{pmatrix} 1 ...
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Mirror that flips polarisation?

Is it possible to build a mirror which not just reflects a photon but also flips its polarisation from horizontal tho vertical (or vice versa)? The reason why I ask is the following: If I put an ...
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What is meant by spatially multimode states of light?

I came across this term while reading texts on Quantum Optics and Lasers. While I know something about multimode laser oscillations, I am unsure about what is exactly meant by multimode light?
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What is the difference between correlation and entanglement?

I have read that not all correlated states are entangled. What is the difference between the two? Mathematically, it was stated that a system which can be put in the form of ...
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What does $g^{(2)}$ signify in quantum optics? And how to calculate it?

I have been studying research papers on Quantum Optics and non-linear optics. I frequently come across the $g^{(2)}$ value. What does it signify? What is its importance? How to calculate it? And ...
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Optical pumping, Breit-Rabi equation, how to get hyperfine energies?

I'm working on a lab report for a lab on optical pumping using Rb, but I'm seriously struggling with figuring out how to get the hyperfine energies through the Breit-Rabi equation: ...
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What are the 'types' of parametric down conversion?

I'm looking at photon entanglement, and everywhere in the literature there's a reference to 'type-II' parametric down conversion as a source of entangled photon pairs. I know what parametric down ...
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Dipole Moment of Collection of Harmonic Oscillators [closed]

I am given the Hamiltonian of a collection of SHO with resonant frequencies $\omega_{n1}$ $$H = \sum_n\hbar\omega_{n1}[a_n^\dagger a_n+\frac12+\alpha_nE_0\cos(\omega t)(a_n+a_n^\dagger)]$$ Where ...
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Definition of spatial and temporal coherence in QM?

It is often said that lasers are spatially and temporally coherent. Is there a simple definition of spatial and temporal coherence in the language of quantum mechanics? More specifically, can these be ...
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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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A quantum mechanical description of a polarizing filter

When a single photon with polarization $\mathbf{a}$ arrives at a linear polarizing filter in the direction $\mathbf{p}$, the photon has a probability of $(\mathbf{a}\cdot\mathbf{p})^2$ to pass through ...
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Is there a mathematical equivalence between gravitational optics and quantum optics or are they mathematically incompatible theories?

I know that massive gravitational bodies will curve the path that light travels. I think that quantum optical mediums also bend light. I am still confused of whether quantum optical mediums actually ...
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Spontaneous parametric down conversion and relative time of emission of two entangled photons

A pump beam excites a non-linear crystal which produces two entangled photons with perpendicular polarization, namely in the state $|HV>+|VH>$. Are there examples where one of the photons was ...
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Simple Mach-Zehnder Interferometer with Polarizing Beam Splitters

I am wondering which state leaves the simple interferometer below. The beam splitters are polarizing beam splitters (PBS) which transmit vertical polarization and reflect horizontal polarization. Say ...
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Entanglement g-2-experiment - Which components do I need?

I would like to measure whether my source emits entangled photon pairs. To that order I want to build a g-2-experiment, which measures photon coincidence counts as a function of time delay between ...
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When is quantum optics “correct”?

What is the regime under which we may consider quantum optics description of light a good approximation of a more correct theory such as QED? By quantum optics I mean describing the electromagnetic ...
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Frequency dependence of refractive index $ n $ considering electron oscillator using Electromagnetic Theory

First and foremost, I am referring to Hecht, Zajac E. Optics 4th edition. I am reading the dependence of refractive index on frequency, and it goes well until Hecht jumped on his equation. First we ...
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Which of these theories on why light slows in media are true?

This question is similar to previously asked questions, but the responses to them are confusing and I think it may be better covered by listing out all the potential answers for clarity. It's a ...
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In real laser applications, how big is the complex parameter (i.e. <n>) of the corresponding coherent state of the field?

In quantum optics, the output from a laser is modelled using a coherent state; what are some orders-of-magnitude for the complex parameter (usually denoted $\alpha$) of the coherent state ...
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Are quantum effects significant in lens design?

Over on Photography, a question was asked as to why (camera) lenses are always cylindrical. Paraphrasing slightly, one of the answers and follow-up comments asserted that quantum effects are ...
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Two-photon absorption and 3rd order susceptibility

I am referring to introduction of Section 12.5 Multiphoton Absorption and Multiphoton Ionization (Page no. 550 of Nonlinear Optics, Boyd-3rd edition) where it has been said that the two-photon ...
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Computer game with quantum optics/ information

Is there a computer game using principles of quantum optics or quantum information? By game I don't mean just a simulation or an interactive course, but something that can be played in an enjoyable ...