Seeded excitation avalanches in off-resonantly driven Rydberg gases

Year: 2016

Authors: Simonelli C., Valado MM., Masella G., Asteria L., Arimondo E., Ciampini D., Morsch O.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Fisica E. Fermi, Universita di Pisa, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, Pisa, I-56127, Italy; INO-CNR, Via G. Moruzzi 1, Pisa, I-56124, Italy

Abstract: We report an experimental investigation of the facilitated excitation dynamics in off-resonantly driven Rydberg gases by separating the initial off-resonant excitation phase from the facilitation phase, in which successive facilitation events lead to excitation avalanches. We achieve this by creating a controlled number of initial seed excitations. Greater insight into the avalanche mechanism is obtained from an analysis of the full counting distributions. We also present simple mathematical models and numerical simulations of the excitation avalanches that agree well with our experimental results.


Volume: 49 (15)      Pages from: 154002-1  to: 154002-7

More Information: The authors acknowledge support by the European Union H2020 FET Proactive project RySQ (grant No. 640378) and by the EU Marie Curie ITN COHERENCE (Project number 265031), and thank I Lesanovsky for discussions.
KeyWords: Rydberg excitation; Quantum control; Correlated dynamics; Blockade; Atoms
DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/49/15/154002

Citations: 21
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