Route from spontaneous decay to complex multimode dynamics in cavity QED

Dmitry O. Krimer, Matthias Liertzer, Stefan Rotter, Hakan E. Türeci

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We study the non-Markovian quantum dynamics of an emitter inside an open multimode cavity, focusing on the case where the emitter is resonant with high-frequency cavity modes. Based on a Green's-function technique suited for open photonic structures, we study the crossovers between three distinct regimes as the coupling strength is gradually increased: (i) overdamped decay with a time scale given by the Purcell modified decay rate, (ii) underdamped oscillations with a time scale given by the effective vacuum Rabi frequency, and (iii) pulsed revivals. The final multimode strong-coupling regime (iii) gives rise to quantum revivals of the atomic inversion on a time scale associated with the cavity round-trip time. We show that the crucial parameter to capture the crossovers between these regimes is the nonlinear Lamb shift, accounted for exactly in our formalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033820
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 11 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


  • 42.50.Ar
  • 42.50.Ct
  • 42.50.Pq


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