We consider the Landau-Zener problem for a two-level system (or qubit) when this system interacts with one harmonic oscillator mode that is initially set to a finite-temperature thermal equilibrium state. The oscillator could represent an external mode that is strongly coupled to the qubit, e.g., an ionic oscillation mode in a molecule, or it could represent a prototypical uncontrolled environment. We analyze the qubit's occupation probabilities at the final time in a number of regimes, varying the qubit and oscillator frequencies, their coupling strength, and the temperature. In particular, we find a surprising nonmonotonic dependence on the coupling strength and temperature.
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Dec 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics