Stochastic master equation for a probed system in a cavity

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Nielsen, Anne E. B.
Molmer, Klaus
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We present a detailed derivation of the stochastic master equation determining the time evolution of the state of a general quantum system, which is placed inside a cavity and subjected to indirect measurements by monitoring the state of electromagnetic radiation transmitted through the cavity. The derivation is based on the physics involved and the final result is stated in terms of the physical parameters of the setup. To illustrate the predictions contained in the equation, we solve it analytically for a specific system, and we demonstrate quantum jumps and freezing of the internal coherent dynamics of the system as a result of continued measurements.
Comment: 10 pages, 5 figures
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Quantum Physics
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