Spontaneous Intrinsic Decoherence in Rabi Oscillations Experiments

  • Rodolfo Bonifacio
  • Stefano Olivares


We present a simple theoretical description of a recent QED experiment where damping of Rabi oscillations cannot be attributed to environment-induced decoherence (EID). We generalize a previous formalism to describe also nonexponential decay. The possibility of spontaneous intrinsic decoherence (SID), i.e., not due to interaction with environment or fluctuation of some internal parameter but of purely quantum mechanical origin, is discussed. Moreover an experimental cavity QED test of SID is suggested.


Interaction Time Quantum Communication Rydberg Atom Rabi Oscillation Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodolfo Bonifacio
    • 1
  • Stefano Olivares
    • 1
  1. 1.Dip. di FisicaUniversità di Milano, INFN and INFM, Sezione di MilanoMilanoItaly

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