Single Photon Subradiance: Quantum Control of Spontaneous Emission and Ultrafast Readout. Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent work has shown that collective single photon emission from an ensemble of resonate two-level atoms, i.e., single photon superradiance, is a rich field of study. The present Letter addresses the flip side of superradiance, i.e., subradiance. Single photon subradiant states are potentially stable against collective spontaneous emission and can have ultrafast readout. In particular it is shown how many atom collective effects provide a new way to control spontaneous emission by preparing and switching between subradiant and superradiant states.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

altmetric score

  • 9.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 116

complete list of authors

  • Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • December 2015