Thermal-light-induced dynamics: Coherence and revivals in v -type and molecular Jaynes-Cummings systems

David Avisar, A. D. Wilson-Gordon

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We examine the interaction of thermal light with matter with emphasis on two aspects that have not been considered before. By employing a fully quantized Jaynes-Cummings-type interaction model on a V-type three-level system, we show that multimode thermal light induces coherence in the excited material states. This is in contrast to previous studies that suggest thermal light cannot induce coherence in material systems. We also show that the ratio between the field detuning and the interaction constant has a significant influence on the characteristic time-dependent dynamics. In particular, for some ratio regimes, the thermal light induces dynamics with a "coherentlike" collapse and revivals pattern rather than the familiar pattern. We then extend the Jaynes-Cummings model to a two-state Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface molecular system where the internal vibrational degrees of freedom are fully taken into account. The matter-field bipartite system is represented, and propagated, in the full electronic bond-coordinate Fock product space. We show that single-mode thermal light induces extensive excited-state vibrational coherence in the molecule that, when observed in coordinate space, exhibits wave-packet-like dynamics. The molecular Jaynes-Cummings model we propose is useful for cavity molecular dynamics simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033843
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 24 Mar 2016

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