Photon-statistics excitation spectroscopy of a single two-level system

Max Strauß, Marlon Placke, Sören Kreinberg, Christian Schneider, Martin Kamp, Sven Hoefling, Janik Wolters, Stephan Reitzenstein

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We investigate the influence of the photon statistics on the excitation dynamics of a single two level system. A single semiconductor quantum dot represents the two level system and is resonantly excited either with coherent laser light, or excited with chaotic light, with photon statistics corresponding to that of thermal radiation. Experimentally, we observe a reduced absorption cross section under chaotic excitation in the steady-state. In the transient regime, the Rabi oscillations observable under coherent excitation disappear under chaotic excitation. Likewise, in the emission spectrum the well-known Mollow triplet, which we observe under coherent drive, disappears under chaotic excitation. Our observations are fully consistent with theoretical predictions based on the
semi-classical Bloch equation approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number241306(R)
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number24
Early online date17 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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