Three-Level Λ-Type Atomic System Localized by the Parameters of the Two Orthogonal Standing-Wave Fields

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Received 19 July 2016; accepted 14 August 2016; published 17 August 2016

1. Introduction

Because precise position measurement of a single atom has some potential applications, such as laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms [1] [2] , atom nanolithography [3] , Bose-Einstein condensation [4] , and measurement of center-of-mass wave function of moving atoms [5] [6] , etc., atomic localization has attracted considerable investigation. Utilizing the interacting between an atom and the standing-wave field, one dimensional (1D) atom localization within the optical wavelength domain is realized by the measurement of the phase shift [7] [8] , homodyne detection [9] , quantum trajectories [10] , the dual quadrature field [11] , the upper level population [12] [13] , the probe field absorption or gain [14] - [16] , two-photon spontaneous emission [17] , the coherent population trapping [18] and the reservoir modes [19] - [21] , etc.

More recently, the researchers proposed two-dimensional (2D) atom localization schemes [22] - [26] , in which the two orthogonal standing-wave fields are employed. The 2D atom localization was obtained via measurement of the population in the upper or any ground state in a four-level tripod system [22] , in which some interesting spatial periodic structures, such as spikes, craters, and waves are observed. Wan et al. suggested the 2D atom localization scheme via incorporating the quantum interference phenomenon in a coherently driven inverted-Y system [23] . Recently, some other schemes, such as via spontaneous emission in a coherently driven five-level M-type atomic system [24] , and via the probe absorption in microwave-driven atomic system [25] [26] have been proposed for 2D atom localization.

On the other hand, the phrase of SGC is a well-known concept in quantum optics, which refers to the interference of spontaneous emission channels [27] firstly suggested by Agarwal [28] who showed that the spontaneous emission from a degenerate L-type three-level atom is sensitive to the mutual orientation of the atomic dipole moments. And SGC is responsible for many important physical phenomena involving potential application [29] - [36] in lasing without population inversion, coherent population trapping (CPT), group velocity reduction, ultra fast all-optical switching and transparent high-index materials, high-precision spectroscopy and magnetometer and modified quantum beats, etc. Inspired by these studies, we here utilize this quantum interference to explore an efficient scheme of 2D atom localization in a three-level L-type system. When the parameters corresponding to the standing-wave fields are changed, finding an atom is sensitive to the SGC intensities at a particular position within a wavelength domain. And a better resolution for 2D atom localization can be theoretically achieved in our scheme.

2. Model and Equations

We consider a L-type system as shown in Figure 1. The excited state is coupled to the lower levels and via a standing-wave field and a week probe field. and are the spontaneous decay rates of the excited state to the ground states and. When the two lower levels and are closely spaced such that the two transitions to the excited state interact with the same vacuum mode, SGC can be present. The standing-wave field is the superposition of two orthogonal standing-wave fields, i.e., one is in the x direction and the second is along y direction [26] [37] . The Rabi frequency corresponding to the probe field is, and the position dependent Rabi frequency corresponding to the standing- wave field is where and are the corresponding dipole matrix elements.

The position-dependent Rabi frequency corresponding to the field which is the superposition of two standing-wave fields and is defined as [26]

Figure 1. The position-dependent Rabi frequency corresponding to the atomic transition from to is due to the superposition of two standing wave fields, i.e., one is along the x direction and the second is along the y direction. The transition from to is coupled via a weak probe field, and are the atomic decay rates.

(1)

where is the wave vector with wavelengths of the corresponding standing wave fields. The parameters and are the phase shifts associating with the standing-wave fields having wave vectors and, respectively. We assume that the center-of-mass position of the atom along the direction of the standing-wave field is nearly constant. Therefore we neglect the kinetic-energy part of the Hamiltonian under the Raman-Nath approximation. In the interaction picture, Hamiltonian of this system in a rotating-wave frame is then given by

(2)

Here, and are the field detunings corresponding to the atomic transitions - and -, respectively. and are the frequencies for the coupling standing-wave field and week probe field.

Under the rotating-wave approximation [38] , the systematic density matrix in the interaction picture involving the SGC can be written as

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

The above equations are constrained by and. The effect of SGC is very sensitive to the orientations of the atomic dipole moments and. Here, the parameter p denotes the alignment of the two dipole moments and is defined as with being the angle between the two dipole moments. So the parameter p depicts the intensity of SGC in the atomic system. The terms with represent the quantum interference resulting from the cross coupling between spontaneous emission paths - and -. With the restriction of each field acting only on one transition, the Rabi frequencies and are connected to the angle and represented by,. It should be noted that only for small energy spacing between the two lower levels are the interference terms in the systematic density matrix significant; otherwise the oscillatory terms will average out to zero and thereby the SGC effect vanishes.

Our goal here is to obtain the information about the atomic position from the susceptibility of the system [14] - [16] at the probe field frequency. The nonlinear Raman susceptibility is then given by

(9)

where N is the atom number density in the medium and is the magnitude of the dipole-matrix element between and. is the permittivity in free space. For simplicity we assume and to be real. The general steady-state analytical solution for can be written as

(10)

with, , , and we have set. All the parameters are reduced to dimensionless units by scaling with. Thus the linear susceptibility at the probe frequency can therefore be calculated using Equation (9), which consists of both real and imaginary parts, i.e.,. The imaginary part of the susceptibility gives the absorption profile of the probe field which can be written as

(11)

where. Here we are interested in the precise position measurement of the atom using the absorption

process of the probe field. Equation (11) is the main result and reflects the position probability distribution of the atom [14] [15] . It can be seen that the probe absorption depends on the position dependent SGC intensities, therefore, we can obtain the position information of the atom by measuring the probe absorption.

3. Results and Discussion

The schematic our considered in Figure 1 can be understood more clearly when the combination of standing-wave fields with the corresponding position-dependent Rabi frequency is replaced by a simple driving field with the corresponding Rabi frequency [39] . As mentioned earlier [14] - [16] [26] , it is clear that the expression (11), which exhibits the probe field absorption, depends on the controllable parameters like the intensities and phase shifts of the standing-wave fields, the detunings of the probe field. Our aim is to investigate the precise location of the 2D atom localization via. Here, we consider different controllable parameters for the atomic position localization, i.e., the interference between spontaneous emission channels, i.e., SGC. The expression (11) reflecting the atomic position probability distribution associating with the intensities p of SGC is rather cumbersome. Hence, we follow the numerical approach and analyze the position probability distribution via.

Initially, we set the detuning, , the phase shifts associating with standing-wave fields, and the Rabi frequency,. The wavelengths’ parameters were set, which means wavelengths for the standing-wave fields are 8 wavelength units. For these choices of parameters, we consider the atomic position probability distribution dependent different intensities of SGC (depicted by p).

The position-dependent the intensities of SGC is shown in Figure 2, in which is plotted versus position x and y within the optical wavelength. The intensities of SGC are Figure 2 (a) p = 0.87, (b) p = 0.81, (c) p = 0.71, (d) p = 0.50. Two spike-like localization peaks sit in the second and fourth quadrants of the x-y plane, and their same amplitudes are about 0.02 in Figure 2(a) when p = 0.92. The amplitude of the position probability distribution increases to 0.04 when the intensities of SGC was tuned to 0.81 in Figure 2(b). The double spike- like peaks become more sharp and their peak values reach 0.3 in Figure 2(c) for p = 0.71. However, two craterlike structures show in the second and fourth quadrants of the x-y plane when p = 0.50 in Figure 2(d), in spite of the amplitude of the localization peak increasing considerably. Under these setting parameters, the best resolution for the 2D atomic localization is obtained when the intensity of SGC with p = 0.71 in Figure 2(c), and the resolution becomes ambiguous when p = 0.5 in Figure 2(d).

We next study how the detuning associating with standing-wave fields brings changes in the 2D atomic localization, i.e,. In Figure 3, was plotted versus position x and y with other parameters being the same as those in Figure 2. The decreasing intensities of SGC are equal to Figure 3 (a) p = 0.92, (b) p = 0.87, (c) p = 0.81, and (d) p = 0.79. The results presented in Figure 3 from Figure 3(a) to Figure 3(d) are gratifying. The dual spike-like peaks with increasing amplitudes are shown in Figure 3 from Figure 3(a) to Figure 3(d), and their values are 0.015, 0.03, 0.08, 0.10, respectively. We noted that the increasing resolution for 2D atomic localization can be obtained when the standing-wave fields couples the transition off-resonantly.

After studying the 2D atomic localization dependent the detuning associating with standing-wave fields, we further study how the phase shifts, associating with standing-wave fields bring changes in the 2D atomic localization. Due to the periodicity associated with the position-dependent Rabi frequency), there will be more than one position probability distribution for the 2D atom localization in the x-y plane. The multiple peaks are much more ambiguous than the unique peak for 2D atom localization. We look for the roles of phases and associated with the standing-wave fields in the 2D atomic localization. In Figure 4, the density plots of the 2D position probability distribution are shown for different intensities of SGC, i.e., (a) p = 0.5, (b) p = 0.71, (c) p = 0.81, and we set, , , other parameters are the same as those

Figure 2. (Color online) Plots for 2D atom localization: versus the positions x and y for different intensities p of SGC. (a) p = 0.87, (b) p = 0.81, (c) p = 0.71, (d) p = 0.50. Other parameters are, , , and where is the scaling parameter.

Figure 3. (Color online) Plots for 2D atom localization: versus the positions x and y for different intensities p of SGC. (a) p = 0.92, (b) p = 0.87, (c) p = 0.81, (d) p = 0.79,. The other parameters are the same as in Figure 2.

Figure 4. (Color online) Density plots of 2D atom localization: Plots of for different intensities p of SGC. (a) p = 0.5, (b) p = 0.71, (c) p = 0.81. and, ,. All the other parameters are the same as in Figure 2.

4. Conclusion

On the basis of a three-level L-type atom model, we investigated its 2D atom localization via different parameters of the two orthogonal standing-wave fields with the decreasing or increasing intensities of SGC. Two spike- like peaks with flexible amplitudes for the atom localization are shown in the x-y plane by the decreasing intensities of SGC when the detuning corresponding to the two orthogonal standing-wave fields is varied, while the increasing intensities of SGC reduce the resolution of 2D atom localization strongly. When the phases and wave vectors corresponding to the standing-wave fields are changed, one circular ring with shrinking radii for 2D atom localization is obtained by the increasing intensities of SGC. Comparing the phases and wave vectors with the detuning corresponding to the two orthogonal standing-wave fields, a better resolution can be obtained by the phases and wave vectors corresponding to the two orthogonal standing-wave fields when SGC was manipulated. Considering the proposed three-level atom-field system to be a simple system which would be realized experimentally, such as the bichromatic EIT in cold rubidium atoms (^{87}Rb), our scheme and results may be of great interest for the researchers.

Fund

This paper is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61205205 and 6156508508), the General Program of Yunnan Provincial Research Foundation of Basic Research for application (Grant No. 2016FB009) and the Foundation for Personnel training projects of Yunnan Province, China (Grant No. KKSY201207068).

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