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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — May. 26, 2008
  • pp: 7860–7868

Suppressing normal mode excitation by quantum interference in a cavity-atom system

Jiepeng Zhang, Gessler Hernandez, and Yifu Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 7860-7868 (2008)

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Collective coupling of multiple atoms with a cavity mode produces two normal modes that are separated in energy by Vacuum Rabi splitting. We show that the normal mode excitation of the cavity-atom system can be suppressed by coupling a control laser to the atomic system from free space. The control laser splits the normal mode of the cavity-atoms system and opens two excitation channels. The destructive quantum interference between the two channels renders the cavity-atoms system opaque to the light coupled to the cavity-atom system. We demonstrate suppression of the normal mode excitation by the destructive quantum interference in an experiment using cold Rb atoms confined in an optical cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2008
Published: May 16, 2008

Jiepeng Zhang, Gessler Hernandez, and Yifu Zhu, "Suppressing normal mode excitation by quantum interference in a cavity-atom system," Opt. Express 16, 7860-7868 (2008)

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