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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2619–2622

Paradoxical evolution of the number of photons in the Jaynes–Cummings model

Alfredo Luis  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 2619-2622 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.24.002619


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Abstract

I report a paradoxical result in the resonant Jaynes–Cummings model, in which atomic excitation by photon absorption is accompanied by an increase of the number of photons. I show that this always holds in the short-time regime for initial fields with super-Poissonian photon statistics. I provide a purely dynamical explanation of the effect that holds in both the quantum and the semiclassical regimes, and I discuss the relation of this counterintuitive photon behavior with the bunching effect.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2007
Published: September 17, 2007

Citation
Alfredo Luis, "Paradoxical evolution of the number of photons in the Jaynes-Cummings model," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2619-2622 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-10-2619

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