Directional Dicke Subradiance with Nonclassical and Classical Light Sources

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Bhatti D, Schneider R, Oppel S, von Zanthier J
Journal: Physical Review Letters
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 120
Journal issue: 11
ISSN: 0031-9007
eISSN: 1079-7114


We investigate Dicke subradiance of N >= 2 distant quantum sources in free space, i.e., the spatial emission patterns of spontaneously radiating noninteracting multilevel atoms or multiphoton sources, prepared in totally antisymmetric states. We find that the radiated intensity is marked by a full suppression of spontaneous emission in particular directions. In resemblance to the analogous, yet inverted, superradiant emission profiles of N distant two-level atoms prepared in symmetric Dicke states, we call the corresponding emission patterns directional Dicke subradiance. We further derive that higher-order intensity correlations of the light emitted by statistically independent thermal light sources display the same directional Dicke subradiant behavior and show that it stems from the same interference phenomenon as in the case of quantum sources. We finally present measurements of directional Dicke subradiance for N = 2,...,5 distant thermal light sources corroborating the theoretical findings.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bhatti, Daniel
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Optik)
Oppel, Steffen
Institut für Optik, Information und Photonik
Schneider, Raimund
Professur für Experimentalphysik
von Zanthier, Joachim Prof. Dr.
Professur für Experimentalphysik

How to cite

Bhatti, D., Schneider, R., Oppel, S., & von Zanthier, J. (2018). Directional Dicke Subradiance with Nonclassical and Classical Light Sources. Physical Review Letters, 120(11).

Bhatti, Daniel, et al. "Directional Dicke Subradiance with Nonclassical and Classical Light Sources." Physical Review Letters 120.11 (2018).


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