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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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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Quantum optical master equation

In Quantum Noise by Gardiner and Zoller (p. 86f) they derive and write a version of the quantum optical master equation. $ \dot{\rho}_S (t) = -\frac{i}{\hbar} [H_\mathrm{sys} ,\rho_S] - \sum_m ...
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Creating an arbitrary state of the quantum simple harmonic oscillator

Suppose $\mathcal{B}=\{|0\rangle, |1\rangle, |2\rangle, ... \}$ is the energy eigen-basis of a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. I want to create the state \begin{equation} |\Psi\rangle = ...
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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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Superscript on density matrix

I have been asked in homework to solve the optical bloch equation for the initial condition of $\rho_{22}=0,\rho_{12}=0$. Professor gave a hint of the general equation and let us carry it from here. ...
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Does spontaneous emission actually emit in a random direction, or is it measured in a random direction?

When an excited state couples to the vacuum, it has an infinite number of directions of the quantized electromagnetic field to couple to. Does it evolve into a superposition of all those directions at ...
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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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How can a photon have a frequency but not a phase?

When a single photon is emitted as a result of relaxation of an electronic energy level, it (the field) is clearly in a Fock state because it has a well-defined number of quanta. By the uncertainty ...
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decoherency of number states

The meaning of decoherency is: When a nonclassical state, transitions to a classical state. It means that the state lost it's phase information. I can't understand how it happens in number states.
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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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I want to solve Mathieu Equation $y''(x)+(a−2q \cos(2x))y(x)=0$. How to solve it using Floquet solution?

I want to solve Mathieu Equation $$y''(x)+(a−2q \cos(2x)) \, y(x)=0.$$ How to solve it using Floquet solution? In Floquet solution for integer order of $v$ and $π$ periodicity We have Solution ...
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Do Bell inequality violations appear instantly when the source is turned on, or do they increase over time?

This experimental Question is a result of reading a particular article on Bell violations. I addressed the e-mail below to the corresponding authors —because who knows, they might reply— but it is not ...
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Oberving a photon through double slits

If we send a particle with mass through the double slits we observe a interference pattern. That is of course if we don't observe which slit the particle goes through. If we do then we get two peaks ...
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Colour of certain objects

How do internal structural bandgaps define object colour? For example, if an object is transparent, are the energy bandgaps in the structure too large for even the 400 nanometer photon to be able to ...
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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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Stark effect in two level atomic, laser-driven system?

In a two level atomic system (Rabi oscillating problem) the perturbative potential is oscillating / sinusoidal because it comes from the electric field from the laser. Now stark effect is the ...
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Classical and semi-classical vs quantum interferometry

What is the difference between classical, semi-classical and quantum interferometry? How the detectors look like? As far as I know in classical interferometry light is treated as a wave, whereas in ...
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What is the difference between QED and quantum optics?

What is the difference between QED and quantum optics? Once you have QED, you have not only the quantized EM field, but also the interaction between matter and the EM field. So, you should have ...
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In the photon picture, how can light slow down and yet not be absorbed? [duplicate]

Many materials, such as glass, are transparent over some wavelength interval. In the photon picture, as far as I understand it, this is because there are no allowed transitions corresponding to the ...
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Is my window's semi-transparency a consequence of elementary quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Studying mathematical concepts of quantum mechanics, I have recently become familiar with the classical model of one-dimensional particle being scattered by a potential barrier. As a mathematician, I ...
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Is there any review paper on spatial light modulator?

I need a review paper on the various types, principles and characterization of spatial light modulator. But it seems I could not find one. Any one has a good idea?
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How does light manage to change its course at the boundary of two media of different optical densities?

This is a conceptual question. I already know the law of refraction but I need something like an idea of the Physical process from both particle and wave theory standpoints. Why does a ray of light ...
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Single particle passing through the double slit at a time [duplicate]

In modern experiments, With the classical setup of photons or electrons passing through double slit, the intensity is kept extremely low, such that one can detect a single particle passing through ...
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When was Electromagnetically Induced Transparency first introduced?

The oldest paper I know regarding this topic was published in 1997 by Stephen E. Harris. But I am not sure if he is the first to introduce this idea. Could you tell me when and by who did introduce ...
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Describing a single photon with creation and annihilation operators

Since I am not fully aware of the creation and annihilation operator formalism for single photons, I want to ask, if the following is correct: I am considering a photon in the vacuum which travel ...
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Any suggestion of laser pointer for everyday life study of fluorescence?

I want to buy a laser pointer to study fluorescence in my kitchen. Any suggestion? What kind of laser pointer? What stuff for demonstration?
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Why the plots of a second-order intensity correlation function appear both Bunching and Antibunching?

This second-order correlation function is calculated based on a single atom in a cavity, driven by classical light source,under the condition of two photons resonance. When I plotted it in ...
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Collapse and revival in the Jaynes Cummings model

I'm having some trouble understanding the exact details of the collapse and revival in the Jaynes Cummings model. What I understand is this: We assume our two level atom to initially be in the ...
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How many photons are absorbed during Rabi oscillations?

In my understanding, Rabi oscillations are derived using the classical approximation for the electromagnetic field. I don't get how this picture fits with a quantized EM field though. Say you excite a ...
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Time-dependence of ladder operators in quantized EM fields

My Question Are the operators for the $A$, $E$ and $B$ field to be treated as operators in a Heisenberg description or is their time dependence explicit when performing a textbook EM quantization as ...
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Phase shift of the displacement operator

According to my professor, the displacement operator $D(α)=e^{\alpha a^†−α^*a}$ can be written, "with a simple phase shift", as $D(α)=e^{i\alpha(a^†+a)}$ which he then proceeds to write as ...
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How far back can you trace a photon?

You have a photomultiplier tube pointed at a distant star, exactly 100 light years away. It's perfectly set up so that nothing can get into the tube unless it came from that star. Every hour or so, ...
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Beam splitters and Mach-Zender interferometers

I have a question (my very first here) related to 50/50 beam splitters as used in the Mach-Zehnder interferometers (see for example the Wikipedia page). Let's concentrate on the input beam splitter: ...
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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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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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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 ...