Resonance fluorescence in a band-gap material: Direct numerical simulation of non-Markovian evolution

M. W. Jack, J. J. Hope
2001 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
A numerical method of calculating the non-Markovian evolution of a driven atom radiating into a structured continuum is developed. The formal solution for the atomic reduced density matrix is written as a Markovian algorithm by introducing a set of additional, virtual density matrices which follow, to the level of approximation of the algorithm, all the possible trajectories of the photons in the electromagnetic field. The technique is perturbative in the sense that more virtual density
more » ... ual density matrices are required as the product of the effective memory time and the effective coupling strength become larger. The number of density matrices required is given by $3^{M}$ where $M$ is the number of timesteps per memory time. The technique is applied to the problem of a driven two-level atom radiating close to a photonic band gap and the steady-state correlation function of the atom is calculated.
doi:10.1103/physreva.63.043803 fatcat:orx4u7mhiffcvhfh6ak4pobt2q