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Sensitivity to Measurement Perturbation of Single Atom Dynamics in Cavity QED

By X. M. Liu, M. Hug and Gerard J. Milburn

Abstract

We consider continuous observation of the nonlinear dynamics of single atom trapped in an optical cavity by a standing wave with intensity modulation. The motion of the atom changes the phase of the field which is then monitored by homodyne detection of the output field. We show that the conditional Hilbert space dynamics of this system, subject to measurement induced perturbations, depends strongly on whether the corresponding classical dynamics is regular or chaotic. If the classical dynamics is chaotic the distribution of conditional Hilbert space vectors corresponding to different observation records tends to be orthogonal. This is a characteristic feature of hypersensitivity to perturbation for quantum chaotic systems

Topics: Hilbert spaces, Trapped ions, Quantum systems, 240301 Atomic and Molecular Physics
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:espace.library.uq.edu.au:UQ:11156

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