The spectral density (SD) function has a central role in the study of open quantum systems (OQSs). We discover a method allowing for a "static" measurement of the SD - i.e., it requires neither the OQS to be initially excited nor its time evolution tracked in time - which is not limited to the weak-coupling regime. This is achieved through one-dimensional photon scattering for a zero-temperature reservoir coupled to a two-level OQS via the rotating wave approximation. We find that the SD profile is a universal simple function of the photon's reflectance and transmittance. As such, it can be straightforwardly inferred from the photon's reflection and transmission spectra.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW A|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics