Schedule Mar 01, 2013
N-Photon Wave Packets Interacting with an Arbitrary Quantum System
Ben Baragiola (Univ. New Mexico)

Traveling nonclassical states of light are important resources for quantum metrology, secure communication, and quantum networks. Motivated by this, we derive master equations for an arbitrary quantum system (e.g. a quantum harmonic oscillator or a multi-level atom) interacting with a wave packet of light prepared in an N-photon Fock state. We then generalize this to N-photon states with arbitrary spectral distribution functions and wavepackets in two polarization (or spatial) modes.

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