The classical Bloch equations

Martin Frimmer, Lukas Novotny
2014 American Journal of Physics  
Coherent control of a quantum mechanical two-level system is at the heart of magnetic resonance imaging, quantum information processing, and quantum optics. Among the most prominent phenomena in quantum coherent control are Rabi oscillations, Ramsey fringes and Hahn echoes. We demonstrate that these phenomena can be derived classically by use of a simple coupled harmonic oscillator model. The classical problem can be cast in a form that is formally equivalent to the quantum mechanical Bloch
more » ... tions with the exception that the longitudinal and the transverse relaxation times (T_1 and T_2) are equal. The classical analysis is intuitive and well suited for familiarizing students with the basic concepts of quantum coherent control, while at the same time highlighting the fundamental differences between classical and quantum theories.
doi:10.1119/1.4878621 fatcat:fl2jtadgwnam7n2hdg5x5ihtsm