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Title: Cavity QED of superradiant phase transition in two dimensional materials
Author: Li, Benliang
ISNI:       0000 0004 7656 4697
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2018
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In modern physics, the investigation of the interaction between light and matter is important from both a fundamental and an applied point of view. Cavity quantum electrodynamics (cavity QED) is the study of the interaction between light confined in a reflective cavity and atoms or other particles where the quantum nature of light photons is significant. The strong interaction between an exciton and cavity photon in a high-finesse microcavity can induce a hybrid light-matter eigenstate which is usually named as polariton in solid-state systems. This strong light-matter interaction can be achieved when this interaction is larger than all broadenings caused by other various factors e.g. electron phonon scattering and cavity loss. The polariton is now stimulating tremendous research interests due to its high potential in cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED) and the achievement of polaritonic devices. Moreover, when the interaction strength between an excitation and the cavity photon, quantified by vacuum Rabi frequency, becomes comparable to or larger than the corresponding electronic transition frequency in a cavity, the system can enter an ultrastrong coupling regime, which has been experimentally observed. In this regime, the standard rotating-wave approximation is no longer valid and the antiresonant term of the interaction Hamiltonian starts to play an important role, giving rise to exciting effects in cavity QED. The Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect is a fundamental quantum phenomenon that bears the significance of the nature of electromagnetic fields and potentials. Besides its fundamental significance in quantum theory, its importance for applications in interferometric devices is omnipresent. Recently, since the 2D materials have triggered immense interest, some work has been done to integrate the AB effect with the electronic and transport properties of 2D materials. This thesis consists of two parts. In the first part, the light-matter coupling between cyclotron transition and photon is theoretically investigated in some 2-D materials such as the monolayer MoS2, graphene and monolayer black phosphorene (BP) systems. The results show that, in these 2-D materials, the ultrastrong light-matter coupling can be achieved at a high filling factor of Landau levels. Furthermore, we show that, in contrast to the case for conventional semiconductor resonators, the MoS2 system shows a vacuum instability. In monolayer MoS2 resonator, the diamagnetic term can still play an important role in determining magnetopolariton dispersion which is different from monolayer graphene system. The diamagnetic term arises from electron-hole asymmetry which indicates that electron-hole asymmetry can influence the quantum phase transition. Meanwhile, we show that, similar with some other 2D materials such as graphene and MoS2, the monolayer BP system shows a vacuum instability. However, in contrast with other 2D materials, the BP system displays a large energy gap between three branches of polaritons because of its strong anisotropic behavior in the eigenstates of the band structures. For the graphene system, we investigate the coupling of cyclotron transition and a multimode cavity described by a multimode Dicke model. This model exhibits a superradiant quantum phase transition, which we describe exactly in an effective Hamiltonian approach. The complete excitation spectrum in both the normal phase and superradiant phase regimes is given. At last, in contrast to the single mode case, multimode coupling of cavity photon and cyclotron transition can greatly reduce the critical vacuum Rabi frequency required for quantum phase transition, and dramatically enhance the superradiant emission by fast modulating the Hamiltonian. Our study provides new insights in cavity-controlled magneto-transport in these 2-D systems, which could lead to the development of polariton-based devices. The second part is a diversion from the main content of this thesis; readers who are not interested in foundational issues of physics can skip this part. For one charged quantum particle P moving in an electromagnetic vector potential Aˆµ = ( φˆ, - Aˆ )  created by some other charged particles, we can either use the framework of one particle quantum mechanics (OPQM) to calculate the evolutions of P, or we can treat this as an multi-particles problem in the framework of quantum field theory and calculate the evolution of P. These two methods need to be equivalent, i.e., they produce the same result for the evolution of P. One open question is how to describe the evolution of P within the framework of quantum field theory and show that these two methods yield the same result? In chapter 5, we are going to derive the OPQM from the quantum field theory, i.e., the quantum electrodynamics (QED) to be specific. We start with the discussions on the AB effect then raise a plausible interpretation within the QED framework. We provide a quantum treatment of the source of the electromagnetic potential and argue that the underlying mechanism in AB effect can be viewed as interactions between electrons described by QED theory where the interactions are mediated by virtual photons. On further analysis, we show that the framework of one particle quantum mechanics (OPQM) can be given, in general, as a mathematically approximated model which is reformulated from QED theory while the AB effect scheme provides a platform for our derivations. In addition, the classical Maxwell equations are derived from QED scattering process while both classical electromagnetic fields and potentials serve as mathematical tools that are constructed to approximate the interactions among elementary particles described by QED physics. This work opens up a new perspective on the nature of electromagnetic fields and potentials.
Supervisor: Hewak, Daniel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.766825  DOI: Not available
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