A master equation for a two-sided optical cavity

Barlow, T. M., Bennett, R. and Beige, A. (2015) A master equation for a two-sided optical cavity. Journal of Modern Optics, 65(sup2), S11-S20. (doi: 10.1080/09500340.2014.992992) (PMID:25892851) (PMCID:PMC4436947)

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Quantum optical systems, like trapped ions, are routinely described by master equations. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a master equation for two-sided optical cavities with spontaneous photon emission. To do so, we use the same notion of photons as in linear optics scattering theory and consider a continuum of travelling-wave cavity photon modes. Our model predicts the same stationary state photon emission rates for the different sides of a laser-driven optical cavity as classical theories. Moreover, it predicts the same time evolution of the total cavity photon number as the standard standing-wave description in experiments with resonant and near-resonant laser driving. The proposed resonator Hamiltonian can be used, for example, to analyse coherent cavity-fiber networks [E. Kyoseva et al., New J. Phys. 14, 023023 (2012)].

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bennett, Dr Robert
Authors: Barlow, T. M., Bennett, R., and Beige, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Journal of Modern Optics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1362-3044
Published Online:21 January 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Modern Optics 65(sup2): S11-S20
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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