Single photon subradiance and superradiance revisited: a group theoretic analysis of subradiant states Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Single photon emission from a collection of resonantly excited two-level atoms is an expanding field. Recent work has shown single photon superradiance from an extended ensemble yields enhanced directional spontaneous emission. This paper presents an operator which commutes with the observables R2, RZ and breaks their degeneracy for the single photon states. Its eigenvectors are a unimodular basis for the single photon states. A simple scheme is given for writing out these states directly without iterative construction and without requiring recourse to Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization. A relatively simple scheme is proposed for experimental realization. In the final part of the paper the mathematical method is extended to generate cooperative states with smaller cooperativity number R.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Vetter, P. A., Wang, L., Wang, D., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Vetter, Philip A||Wang, Luojia||Wang, Da-Wei||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • January 2016