Fundamental Limits to Coherent Scattering and Photon Coalescence from Solid-State Quantum Emitters [arXiv]

Jake Iles-Smith, Dara McCutcheon, Jesper Mørk, Ahsan Nazir

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    Abstract

    The desire to produce high-quality single photons for applications in quantum information science has lead to renewed interest in exploring solid-state emitters in the weak excitation regime. Under these conditions it is expected that photons are coherently scattered, and so benefit from a substantial suppression of detrimental interactions between the source and its phonon environment. Nevertheless, we demonstrate here that this reasoning is incomplete, and phonon interactions continue to play a crucial role in determining solid-state emission characteristics even for very weak excitation. We find that the sideband resulting from non-Markovian relaxation of the phonon environment leads to a fundamental limit to the fraction of coherently scattered light and to the visibility of two-photon coalescence at weak driving, both of which are absent for atomic systems or within simpler Markovian treatments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number201305
    JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)
    Volume95
    Number of pages9
    ISSN1098-0121
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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