(2) PHYSICAL REVIEW A 74, 052107 共2006兲. MUNDARAIN, ORSZAG, AND STEPHANY. The concept of zero correlation time of the bath D is, of course, an idealization. If this time is not zero, then Eq. 共4兲 is only approximate, since ⌬t cannot be strictly zero and at the same time be larger than D. Also, if Eq. 共5兲 is satisfied, then Eq. 共4兲 must be corrected, taking the next nonzero contribution in the expansion of 共⌬t兲. In that case, a decay rate proportional to ⌬t appears and the decay time is ⬀ ␥21⌬t , which is, in general, a number much larger than the typical evolution time of the system. Note that as the spectrum of the squeezed bath gets broader, D becomes smaller and one is able to choose a smaller ⌬t, approaching in this way, the ideal situation and the total Zeno effect.. F. 0 -0.5 -1 -1.5 -2 -2.5 -3 -3.5 -4. 6 5 4. 0 0.5. 3. φ. 1. 2. 1.5 2. 1. 2.5 0. θ. 3. III. TOTAL ZENO OBSERVABLES. In the interaction picture, the Liouville operator for a twolevel system in a broadband squeezed vacuum has the following structure 关11兴:. FIG. 1. F共 , 兲 for N = 1 and = 0.. 冋. L兵其 = 21 ␥共N + 1兲共2−+ − +− − +−兲 + 21 ␥N共2+− − −+ − −+兲 − ␥ Mei++ − ␥ Me−i−− ,. 共7兲. with x, y, and z the Pauli matrices. Let us introduce the Bloch representation of the two-level density matrix. = 21 共1 + ជ · ជ 兲.. 共8兲. z共t兲 = z共0兲e−␥共2N+1兲t +. +. + cos共兲y兴. 共9兲. and has the following solutions for Bloch vector components, which give the behavior of the system without measurements. 冋. x共t兲 = x共0兲 sin2. 冋. 冉冊. 冉 冊 冉 冊册. + y共0兲 sin cos 2 2 2. 冉冊. e−␥共N+1/2−M兲t. 共12兲. 共13兲 The eigenstates of are. 冉冊 冉冊. 兩 + 典 = cos. 兩 + 典 + sin exp共i兲兩− 典, 2 2. 共14兲. 兩− 典 = − sin. 兩 + 典 + cos exp共i兲兩− 典. 2 2. 共15兲. If the system is initialized in the state 兩 + 典, then the survival probability at time t is P+ 共t兲 = exp兵F共, 兲t其,. 共16兲. F共, 兲 = 具+ 兩L兵兩 + 典具+ 兩其兩 + 典 .. 共17兲. where In this case, the function F共 , 兲 has the structure F共, 兲 = − 21 ␥共N + 1兲关z共0兲 + z2共0兲 + 21 2x 共0兲 + 21 2y 共0兲兴 + 21 ␥N关共z共0兲 − z2共0兲 − 21 2x 共0兲 − 21 2y 共0兲兴. 冉 冊 冉 冊册. + x共0兲cos2 − y共0兲sin cos 2 2 2 ⫻e−␥共N+1/2+M兲t ,. 1 关e−␥共2N+1兲t − 1兴. 2N + 1. = ជ · ˆ = x cos共兲 sin共兲 + y sin共兲 sin共兲 + z cos共兲.. + 21 ␥N关共1 − z兲z − 21 xx − 21 yy兴 − 21 ␥ M x关cos共兲x − sin共兲y兴. 共11兲. Now consider the Hermitian operator associated to the fictitious spin component in the direction of the unitary vecˆ = 关cos共兲 sin共兲 , sin共兲 sin共兲 , cos共兲兴 defined by the tor angles and . = − 21 ␥共N + 1兲关共1 + z兲z + 21 xx + 21 yy兴 t. 1 2 ␥ M y 关sin共兲x. − x共0兲sin cos 2 2 2. 冉冊 冉冊. In this representation, the master equation takes the form. e−␥共N+1/2−M兲t. ⫻e−␥共N+1/2+M兲t ,. where ␥ is the vacuum decay constant, and N , M = 冑N共N + 1兲 and are the parameters of the squeezed bath. Here − and + are the two ladder operators. − = 21 共x + iy兲,. 冉 冊 冉 冊册 冉 冊 冉 冊册. + x共0兲sin cos 2 2 2. + y共0兲sin2. 共6兲. + = 21 共x + iy兲,. 冉冊 冋 冉冊. y共t兲 = y共0兲cos2. − 21 ␥ M x共0兲关cos共兲x共0兲 − sin共兲y共0兲兴 共10兲 052107-2. + 21 ␥ M y共0兲关sin共兲x共0兲 + cos共兲y共0兲兴,. 共18兲.

(3) PHYSICAL REVIEW A 74, 052107 共2006兲. TOTAL QUANTUM ZENO EFFECT AND INTELLIGENT… 1.02. 1.02 without measurements with measurements. 1.01 1. 1 < σµ > (t). < σµ > (t). without measurements with measurements. 1.01. 0.99. 1. 1. 0.99 0.98. 0.98. 0.97. 0.97. 0.96. 0.96. 0.95. 0.95 0. 0.2. 0.6. 0.4. 0.8. 1. 0. γ t. 0.2. 0.4. 0.6. 0.8. 1. γ t. FIG. 2. 具1共t兲典 for N = 1 and = 0. Solid circles: no measurements. Empty circles: with measurements. One measures 1, and the initial state is 兩 + 典1.. FIG. 3. 具1共t兲典 for N = 1 and = 0. Solid circles: no measurements. Empty circles: with measurements. One measures 1, and the initial state is 兩−典1.. ˆ is a function of the angles. where now ជ 共0兲 = In Fig. 1, we show F共 , 兲 for N = 1 and = 0 as function of and . The maxima correspond to F共 , 兲 = 0. For arbitrary values of N and , there are two maxima corresponding to the following angles:. cussion of frequent measurements, the system is frozen in the state 兩 + 典1 共total Zeno effect兲. In Fig. 3, we show the time evolution of 具1典 when the initial state is 兩−典1 without measurements and with measurements of the same observable as in the previous case. One observes that with measurements the system evolves from 兩−典1 to 兩 + 典1. In general for any initial state, the system under frequent measurements evolves to 兩 + 典1, which is the stationary state of Eq. 共21兲 whenever we do measurements in 1. Analogous effects are observed if one measures 2. In contrast, for measurements in other directions different from ˆ 1 or ˆ 2, the system evolves to states that those defined by are not eigenstates of the measured observables.. 1M =. − 2. cos共 M 兲 = −. and. 1 共19兲 2共N + M + 1/2兲. and. 2M =. − + 2. and. cos共 M 兲 = −. 1 . 2共N + M + 1/2兲. 共20兲. ˆ1 These preferential directions given by the vectors = 关cos共1M 兲 sin共 M 兲 , sin共1M 兲 sin共 M 兲 , cos共 M 兲兴 and ˆ 2 = 关cos共2M 兲 sin共 M 兲 , sin共2M 兲 sin共 M 兲 , cos共 M 兲兴 define the operators 1 and 2, which show total Zeno effect if the initial state of the system is the eigenstate 兩 + 典1 or, respectively, 兩 + 典2. To be specific let us consider measurements of the observជ · ˆ 1 共analogous results are obtained for 2兲. The able 1 = modified master equation with measurements of 1 is given by 关10兴. = P+ L兵其P+ + 共1 − P+ 兲L兵其共1 − P+ 兲, 1 1 1 1 t. 共21兲. P+ = 兩 + 典1 具+ 兩. 共22兲. where 1. 1. and L兵其 is given by 共6兲. Besides of the total Zeno effect obtained in the cases specified above, it is also very interesting to discuss the effect of measurements for other choices of the initial state. This can be done numerically. In Fig. 2, we show the evolution of 具1典, which is the mean value of observable 1, when the system is initialized in the state 兩 + 典1 without measurements 关master equation 共6兲兴 and with frequent monitoring of 1 关master equation 共21兲兴. Consistently with our dis-. IV. INTELLIGENT STATES. Aragone et al. 关12兴 considered well-defined angular momentum states that satisfy the equality 共⌬Jx⌬Jy兲2 = 41 兩 具Jz典兩2in the uncertainty relation. They are called “intelligent states” in the literature. The difference with the coherent or squeezed states, associated to harmonic oscillators, is that these intelligent states are not minimum uncertainty states 共MUS兲, since the uncertainty is a function of the state itself. In this section, we show that the states 兩 + 典1 and 兩 + 典2 are intelligent states of two observables associated to the bath fluctuations. The master equation 共6兲 can be written in an explicit Lindblad form. ␥ = 兵2SS† − S†S − S†S其, t 2. 共23兲. using only one Lindblad operator S, S = 冑N + 1− − 冑N exp兵i其+ = cosh共r兲− − sinh共r兲exp兵i其+ .. 共24兲. Obviously, the eigenstates of S satisfy the condition 共5兲. Moreover, the states 兩1典 = 兩 + 典1 and 兩2典 = 兩 + 典2 are the two eigenstates of S with eigenvalues ± = ± i冑M exp兵i / 2其. 052107-3.

(4) PHYSICAL REVIEW A 74, 052107 共2006兲. MUNDARAIN, ORSZAG, AND STEPHANY. S兩1,2典 = ±兩1,2典.. Consider now the standard fictitious angular momentum operators for the two-level system are 兵Jx = x / 2 , Jy = y / 2 , Jz = z / 2其 and also two rotated operators J1 and J2, which are consistent with the electromagnetic bath fluctuations in phase space 共see Fig. 2 in Ref. 关10兴兲 and which satisfy the same Heisenberg uncertainty relation that Jx and Jy. They are. 再 冎 再 冎. J1 = exp. − i i Jxexp 2Jz 2Jz. 冉冊. =cos. 冉冊. Jx − sin Jy , 2 2. ⌬ 2J 1⌬ 2J 2 =. with exp兵其 =. 冉冊. 1 2. 兲t其 ,. 共28兲. 具J2典共t兲 = 具J2典共0兲exp兵− ␥共N − M +. 1 2. 兲t其 .. 共29兲. Note that the above averages decay with maximum and minimum rates, respectively. In terms of J1 and J2, we have. 再冎 再 冎. i 共J1 − iJ2兲, J− = = 共Jx − iJy兲 = exp 2 − i 共J1 + iJ2兲. 2. 再冎. i 关cosh共r兲 − sinh共r兲兴共J1 − i␣J2兲 S = exp 2. cosh共r兲 + sinh共r兲 ␣= = exp兵2r其. cosh共r兲 − sinh共r兲. 共31兲. 共32兲. 冑. 共38兲. sinh共r兲 . cosh共r兲. 共39兲. exp兵r其 =. 冑. , 2. 共40兲. 冉 冊. sinh共r兲 N = cosh共r兲 N+1. 1/4. ,. 共33兲. 共34兲. 再冎 再 冎 再 冎 再冎 再 冎 再 冎 再 冎. S = 2i冑M exp. i exp i Jz exp兵rJz其J1 2 2. ⫻exp − i Jz exp兵− rJz其. 2. 共42兲. Finally, S may be written in the form S = 2i冑M exp. with. i UJzU−1 2. 共43兲. U = exp i Jz exp兵rJz其exp i Jz exp − i Jy . 2 2 2 共44兲. Then the eigenstates of S could be obtained from the eigenstates of Jz using U as 共45兲. where C0 is a normalization constant. It is quite clear that 兩1,2典 are intelligent states of the observables J1 , J2, which are rotated versions of Jx , Jy. They are also quasi-intelligent states of the original observables Jx , Jy 关13兴. One can verify the above result, by finding directly the eigenstates of S, 兩1,2典 =. so that S = exp兵i/2其关cosh共r兲 − sinh共r兲兴共1 − ␣2兲1/2J−共␣兲. 共35兲. 共41兲. S takes the form,. 兩1,2典 = C0U兩 ± 典,. Following Rashid et al. 关13兴, we define a non-Hermitian operator J−共␣兲. After some algebra, one obtains then that. 1−␣ =i 1+␣. i =. 共30兲. with. 共J1 − i␣J2兲 共1 − ␣2兲1/2. 冑. 共27兲. 具J1典共t兲 = 具J1典共0兲exp兵− ␥共N + M +. J −共 ␣ 兲 =. 共37兲. In terms of the real and imaginary parts of  = r + ii,. Jx + cos Jy . 2 2. J+ = † = 共Jx + iJy兲 = exp. 兩具Jz典兩2 . 4. J−共␣兲 = exp兵Jz其J1exp兵− Jz其. 共26兲. These two operators are associated respectively with the major and minor axes of the ellipse, which represents the fluctuations of the bath. Using Eqs. 共10兲 and 共11兲, one can show that the mean values of these operators have the following exponentially decaying evolution:. S has the form. The eigenstates of S are then eigenstates of J−共␣兲 with eigenvalues ±1 / 2. The eigenstates of J−共␣兲 are also shown to be intelligent states, i.e., they satisfy the equality condition in the Heisenberg uncertainty relation for J1 and J2. − i i Jyexp 2Jz 2Jz. 冉冊. =sin. 共36兲. The operator J−共␣兲 is obtained from J1 by the following transformation:. 再 冎 再 冎. J2 = exp. S = 2+J−共␣兲.. 共25兲. 冑. N 兩+典±i N+M. 冑. M −i/2 e 兩− 典. N+M. 共46兲. Finally, when the system is initialized in one of these states, the mean value of J1 is zero, 具J1典共t兲 = 0. Then, the term. 052107-4.

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