Sisyphus Thermalization of Photons in a Cavity-Coupled Double Quantum Dot

M. J. Gullans, J. Stehlik, Y. Y. Liu, C. Eichler, J. R. Petta, J. M. Taylor

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We investigate the nonclassical states of light that emerge in a microwave resonator coupled to a periodically driven electron in a nanowire double quantum dot (DQD). Under certain drive configurations, we find that the resonator approaches a thermal state at the temperature of the surrounding substrate with a chemical potential given by a harmonic of the drive frequency. Away from these thermal regions we find regions of gain and loss, where the system can lase, or regions where the DQD acts as a single-photon source. These effects are observable in current devices and have broad utility for quantum optics with microwave photons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056801
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 25 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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