Inhibition of decoherence due to decay in a continuum. Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose a scheme for slowing down decay into a continuum. We make use of a sequence of ultrashort 2pi pulses applied on an auxiliary transition of the system so that there is a destructive interference between the two transition amplitudes--one before the application of the pulse and the other after the application of the pulse. We give explicit results for a structured continuum. Our scheme can also inhibit unwanted transitions.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., Scully, M. O., & Walther, H.

citation count

  • 113

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Scully, MO||Walther, H

publication date

  • May 2001