How to Make Distinct Dynamical Systems Appear Spectrally Identical

Andre G. Campos, Denys I. Bondar, Renan Cabrera, Herschel A. Rabitz

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We show that a laser pulse can always be found that induces a desired optical response from an arbitrary dynamical system. As illustrations, driving fields are computed to induce the same optical response from a variety of distinct systems (open and closed, quantum and classical). As a result, the observed induced dipolar spectra without detailed information on the driving field are not sufficient to characterize atomic and molecular systems. The formulation may also be applied to design materials with specified optical characteristics. These findings reveal unexplored flexibilities of nonlinear optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number083201
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 24 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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