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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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 meaning of coherent decay rate and population decay rate?

In quantum optics, especially the part when talking about atom-light interaction, there are two different kinds of decay rate, coherent decay rate $\gamma_{ij}$ where $i$ and $j$ are atomic energy ...
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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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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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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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Mach-Zehnder interferometry wave functions

Consider the set up below: I have read that in the apparatus the wavefunction is given by: $$|\psi \rangle=e^{i\theta}|c \rangle +i |b \rangle$$ where $\theta$ is the phase added by the phase ...
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First order coherence through double slit

The state $$|\Psi \rangle = |0\rangle + \sum_j \int d\omega f_j(\omega)\hat{a}^\dagger_j (\omega) |0\rangle $$ is coming from a far field and incident on a double slit setup. Here j is the index of ...
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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: ...
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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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Quantum correlation functions of the electric field

the first order correlation function for one mode (up to normalization) is definied as: $$g^{(1)}=\langle a^\dagger(t) a(t+\tau) \rangle$$ The second order: $$g^{(1)}= \langle ...
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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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Quantum beam-splitter matrix

I have seen the matrix for the action on a quantum beam splitter described in one of two ways: $$\begin{pmatrix} t_1 & r_2 \\ r_1 & t_2 \end{pmatrix}$$ (this appears in Quantum Optics by ...
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Gravitational Lensing Example

Can the actual size of a black hole be hidden behind by the photon sphere like this tomato wrapped underwater? Like an eye in a eyelid.
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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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Definition effective nonlinear coefficient (SHG)

For a course in Electro Optics I have to do a home assignment. Given is that the input field is a plane wave propagating at frequency $\omega$ in the $y$-direction and polarized in the $(x,z)$ plane. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Longest Storage Time of Electromagnetically-Induced-Transparency-Based Quantum Memory

Do anyone know any paper that demonstrate the longest storage time of quantum memories protocol based on EIT achieved experimentally? I have tried to look for it on Google but find nothing.
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correlation function of coherent states

Hey folks, I got a question regarding the correlation function of coherent states. Which of the following states are n-degree coherent, i.e all g_n are equal to one. The first one is something ...
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Is local oscillator light polarised?

If a laser is used as a local oscillator in the homodyne setup does this mean the light it produces is polarised? (I am looking at this from the context of quantum physics and random number ...
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Associated photon field of a two state system

Given the time-dependent density matrix $\rho(t)$ of a driven two-state system $\mathcal{S}$. How do I calculate the time-dependent quantized photon field that would be generated by transitions in ...
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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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normal ordering from anti normal ordering of creation and anhilation operators

I am working on entanglement of systems in beam splitters. I constantly come across equations of creation and annihilation operator (ladder operators) in anti normal ordering. I want those equations ...
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Intensity of the diffraction pattern of the double slit

I am trying another approach for my last unanswered question. (Bounty still on for 3 days. Anyone? Please?) Note that this is not the same question but a greatly simplified version concerning a much ...
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polarization - quantum point of view

polarization could be easily imagined in classical model: direction of E vector. is there any simple image for polarization of single photon?