Non-Markovian dynamics of collective atomic states coupled to a waveguide

Kanu Sinha, Pierre Meystre, Pablo Solano

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When atoms are optically coupled to a one dimensional waveguide, they can interact through macroscopic distances. The retardation effects inherent to field propagation and the associated delay in information backflow between the atoms result in a departure from the familiar Markovian dynamics. We study the case of two two level atoms coupled along a waveguide. One remarkable feature of the dynamics in this regime is the formation of long-lived bound states in the continuum (BIC),30 that refer to a hybrid diatomic molecule bound together by propagating modes of a field. In particular, we study the probability of reaching such a bound states of the system starting in an initially anti-symmetric state of the emitters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuantum Nanophotonic Materials, Devices, and Systems 2019
EditorsCesare Soci, Matthew T. Sheldon, Mario Agio
ISBN (Electronic)9781510628755
StatePublished - 2019
EventQuantum Nanophotonic Materials, Devices, and Systems 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 14 2019Aug 15 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceQuantum Nanophotonic Materials, Devices, and Systems 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Dicke superradiance
  • Non-Markovian dynamics
  • Time-delayed feedback
  • Waveguide Quantum Electrodynamics (QED)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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