A classical realization of the Jaynes–Cummings (JC) model, describing the interaction of a two-level atom with a quantized cavity mode, is proposed based on light transport in engineered waveguide superlattices. The optical setting enables us to visualize in Fock space dynamical regimes not yet accessible in quantum systems, providing new physical insights into the deep strong coupling regime of the JC model. In particular, bouncing of photon number wave packets in Hilbert space and revivals of populations are explained as generalized Bloch oscillations in an inhomogeneous tight-binding lattice.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 9, 2011
Published: August 26, 2011
Stefano Longhi, "Jaynes–Cummings photonic superlattices," Opt. Lett. 36, 3407-3409 (2011)