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Title: Quantum optical states and Bose-Einstein condensation : a dynamical group approach
Author: Feng, Yinqi
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2001
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The concept of coherent states for a quantum system has been generalized in many different ways. One elegant way is the dynamical group approach. The subject of this thesis is the physical application of some dynamical group methods in quantum optics and Bose-Einstein Condensation(BEC) and their use in generalizing some quantum optical states and BEC states. We start by generalizing squeezed coherent states to the displaced squeezed phase number states and studying the signal-to-quantum noise ratio for these states. Following a review of the properties of Kerr states and the basic theory of the deformation of the boson algebra, we present an algebraic approach to Kerr states and generalize them to the squeezed states of the q-parametrized harmonic oscillator. Using the eigenstates of a nonlinear density-dependent annihilation operator of the deformed boson algebra, we propose general time covariant coherent states for any time-independent quantum system. Using the ladder operator approach similar to that of binomial states, we construct interpolating number-coherent states, intermediate states which are generalizations of some fundamental states in quantum optics. Salient statistical properties and non-classical features of these interpolating numbercoherent states are investigated and the interaction with an atomic system in the framework of the Jaynes-Cummings model and the scheme to produce these states are also studied in detail. After briefly reviewing the realization of Bose-Einstein Condensates and relevant theoretical research using mean-field theory, we present a dynamical group approach to Bose-Einstein condensation and the atomic tunnelling between two condensates which interact via a minimal coupling term. First we consider the spectrum of one Bose-Einstein condensate and show that the mean-field dynamics is characterised by the semi-direct product of the 8U(1,1) and Heisenberg-Weyl groups. We then construct a generalized version of the BEC ground states and weakly excited states. It is shown that our states for BEC provide better fits to the experimental results. Then we investigate the tunnelling between the excitations in two condensates which interact via a minimal coupling term. The dynamics of the two interacting Bose systems is characterised by the 80(3,2) group, which leads to an exactly solvable model. Further we describe the dynamics of the tunnelling of the two coupled condensates in terms of the semi-direct product of 80(3,2) and two independent Heisenberg-Weyl groups. From this we obtain the energy spectrum and eigenstates for the two interacting Bose-Einstein condensates, as well as the Josephson current between the two coupled condensates.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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