Optical pumping of multiple atoms in the single photonsubspace of two-mode cavity QED

by Ka Wa Yip

Institution: Miami University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Physics; cavity QED, two-mode optical cavity, four-level atom,quantum trajectories, quantum optics, master equation, python,numerical simulation
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2096447
Full text PDF: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1438288697


We consider N four level atoms coupled to an orthogonally polarized, degenerate two-mode optical cavity. Starting with the atoms prepared in one of the degenerate ground states a single photon introduced into the driven cavity mode will be recycled to pump multiple atoms to the other ground state. For two atoms we analytically calculate the steady state using quantum trajectory equations and show that the system makes stochastic transitions between two different subspaces with the transition correlated with the emission of a polarized photon from one of the two modes of the cavity. In this way the long time evolution of the atomic state can be monitored by direct photodetection of the cavity decay passed through a polarizing beam splitter. We also investigate the dynamics of the approach to the steady state by numerical simulations carried out using the Quantum Toolbox in Python (QuTiP). Advisors/Committee Members: Clemens, James (Advisor).