Coherent Dynamics in Quantum Emitters under Dichromatic Excitation

Z. X. Koong, E. Scerri, M. Rambach, M. Cygorek, M. Brotons-Gisbert, R. Picard, Y. Ma, S. I. Park, J. D. Song, E. M. Gauger, B. D. Gerardot

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We characterize the coherent dynamics of a two-level quantum emitter driven by a pair of symmetrically detuned phase-locked pulses. The promise of dichromatic excitation is to spectrally isolate the excitation laser from the quantum emission, enabling background-free photon extraction from the emitter. While excitation is not possible without spectral overlap between the exciting pulse and the quantum emitter transition for ideal two-level systems due to cancellation of the accumulated pulse area, we find that any additional interactions that interfere with cancellation of the accumulated pulse area may lead to a finite stationary population inversion. Our spectroscopic results of a solid-state two-level system show that, while coupling to lattice vibrations helps to improve the inversion efficiency up to 50% under symmetric driving, coherent population control and a larger amount of inversion are possible using asymmetric dichromatic excitation, which we achieve by adjusting the ratio of the intensities between the red- and blue-detuned pulses. Our measured results, supported by simulations using a real-time path-integral method, offer a new perspective toward realizing efficient, background-free photon generation and extraction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number047403
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2021


  • quant-ph
  • cond-mat.mes-hall

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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