Coherent exciton dynamics in a dissipative environment maintained by an off-resonant vibrational mode

Elliott Kendrick Levi, E. K. Irish, Brendon William Lovett

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Abstract

The interplay between an open quantum system and its environment can lead to both coherent and incoherent behavior. We explore the extent to which strong coupling to a single bosonic mode can alter the coherence properties of a two-level system in a structured environment. This mode is treated exactly, with the rest of the environment comprising a Markovian bath of bosonic modes. The strength of the coupling between the two-level system and the single mode is varied for a variety of forms for the bath spectral density in order to assess whether the coherent dynamics of the two-level system are modified. We find a clear renormalization of the site population oscillation frequency that causes an altered interaction with the bath. This leads to enhanced or reduced coherent behavior of the two-level system, depending on the form of the spectral density function. We present an intuitive interpretation, based on an analytical model, to explain the behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Article number042109
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Volume93
Issue number4
Early online date14 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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