Directional Dicke Subradiance with Nonclassical and Classical Light Sources

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Autor(en): Bhatti D, Schneider R, Oppel S, von Zanthier J
Zeitschrift: Physical Review Letters
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2018
Band: 120
Heftnummer: 11
ISSN: 0031-9007


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-Autoren / FAU-Herausgeber

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


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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