Freezing coherent field growth in a cavity by the quantum zeno effect

J. Bernu, S. Deleglise, C. Sayrin, S. Kuhr, I. Dotsenko, M. Brune, J. M. Raimond, S. Haroche

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Abstract

We have frozen the coherent evolution of a field in a cavity by repeated measurements of its photon number. We use circular Rydberg atoms dispersively coupled to the cavity mode for an absorption-free photon counting. These measurements inhibit the growth of a field injected in the cavity by a classical source. This manifestation of the quantum Zeno effect illustrates the backaction of the photon number determination onto the field phase. The residual growth of the field can be seen as a random walk of its amplitude in the two-dimensional phase space. This experiment sheds light onto the measurement process and opens perspectives for active quantum feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Article number180402
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume101
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Freezing Coherent Field
  • Quantum Zeno Effect

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Bernu, J., Deleglise, S., Sayrin, C., Kuhr, S., Dotsenko, I., Brune, M., Raimond, J. M., & Haroche, S. (2008). Freezing coherent field growth in a cavity by the quantum zeno effect. Physical Review Letters, 101(18), [180402]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.180402