Symmetric rotating-wave approximation for the generalized single-mode spin-boson system

Victor V. Albert, Gregory D. Scholes, Paul Brumer

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The single-mode spin-boson model exhibits behavior not included in the rotating-wave approximation (RWA) in the ultra and deep-strong coupling regimes, where counter-rotating contributions become important. We introduce a symmetric rotating-wave approximation that treats rotating and counter-rotating terms equally, preserves the invariances of the Hamiltonian with respect to its parameters, and reproduces several qualitative features of the spin-boson spectrum not present in the original rotating-wave approximation both off-resonance and at deep-strong coupling. The symmetric rotating-wave approximation allows for the treatment of certain ultra- and deep-strong coupling regimes with similar accuracy and mathematical simplicity as does the RWA in the weak-coupling regime. Additionally, we symmetrize the generalized form of the rotating-wave approximation to obtain the same qualitative correspondence with the addition of improved quantitative agreement with the exact numerical results. The method is readily extended to higher accuracy if needed. Finally, we introduce the two-photon parity operator for the two-photon Rabi Hamiltonian and obtain its generalized symmetric rotating-wave approximation. The existence of this operator reveals a parity symmetry similar to that in the Rabi Hamiltonian as well as another symmetry that is unique to the two-photon case, providing insight into the mathematical structure of the two-photon spectrum, significantly simplifying the numerics, and revealing some interesting dynamical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042110
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 11 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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