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Author Rai, Amit
Title Quantum light in novel systems
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Descript 127 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-09, Section: B, page: 5373
Adviser: Girish Saran Agarwal
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Oklahoma State University, 2011
In this thesis we have focused on the study of various systems which are presently widely studied in different areas of quantum optics and quantum information sciences. These, for example, include the coupled system of photonic waveguides which are known to be highly efficient in manipulating the flow of light. The Hamiltonian describing the evolution of field mode in coupled waveguides is effectively identical to the well-known tight binding Hamiltonian used in solid state physics. The advantage of waveguide system is the possibility to control various interactions by design and their low decoherence rate. The excellent stability offered by coupled waveguides has led to the observation of many key coherent effects such as quantum walk, Bloch oscillation, and discrete Talbot effect. For example, Bloch oscillations have been investigated in coupled waveguides using coherent beam of light. We wanted to inquire whether coherent phenomena such as Bloch oscillations can be possible with incoherent single photon sources. We discovered that Bloch oscillations are indeed possible with single photons provided we prepare single photons in a W state. Moreover, coupled waveguides also find applications in the field of quantum information processing. Since entanglement plays a prominent role in all these applications, it is important to understand the entanglement dynamics in these structures. We considered the case of squeezed input in one of the waveguide and showed that one can generate entanglement between the waveguide modes. We further continued our work on the entanglement generation in coupled waveguides by incorporating the effect of loss in the waveguide structure for the squeezed and photon number input states. We considered relevant experimental parameters and showed that waveguide structures are reasonably robust against the effect of loss. Another system which has attracted a great deal of interest is the optomechanical system. We consider an optomechanical system where an optical cavity mode is coupled to the square of the position of a mechanical oscillator. The optomechanical system can then be regarded as a quantum optical spring, i.e., a spring whose spring constant depends on the quantum state of another system. In particular, we consider the situation where the field inside the cavity is in a coherent state and the oscillator is prepared in its ground state. The quantized nature of the field produces new features in the optomechanical system
School code: 0664
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-09B
Subject Physics, Quantum
Physics, Optics
Alt Author Oklahoma State University. Physics
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