CORMICK Maria Cecilia
Trapped ion in an optical cavity: Numerical study of an optomechanical transition in the few-photon regime
KAHAN, ALAN; ERMANN, LEONARDO; CORMICK, CECILIA
Physical Review A
American Physical Society
Año: 2021 vol. 104
We consider an optomechanical system composed of a trapped ion dispersively coupled to a single mode of a pumped optical cavity. We focus on a parameter range for which the semiclassical description predicts two clearly distinct equilibrium configurations in the limits of small and large photon pumping, while a bistable regime is found for intermediate pumping. This semiclassical description, however, is not valid in close proximity to the system transitions or when the mean photon number is low. Here, we provide a numerical analysis of the fully quantum state in the few-photon regime, exploring the features of the asymptotic state across the transition and analyzing possible markers of semiclassical bistability. We find an increase in the entropy of the system and of the entanglement in the transition region but no clear signatures of metastability in the spectrum of the evolution.