Single-artificial-atom lasing using a voltage-biased superconducting charge qubit

S. Ashhab, J. R. Johansson, A. M. Zagoskin, Franco Nori

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We consider a system composed of a single artificial atom coupled to a cavity mode. The artificial atom is biased such that the most dominant relaxation process in the system takes the atom from its ground state to its excited state, thus ensuring population inversion. A recent experimental manifestation of this situation was achieved using a voltage-biased superconducting charge qubit. Even under the condition of 'inverted relaxation', lasing action can be suppressed if the 'relaxation' rate is larger than a certain threshold value. Using simple transition-rate arguments and a semiclassical calculation, we derive analytic expressions for the lasing suppression condition and the state of the cavity in both the lasing and suppressed-lasing regimes. The results of numerical calculations agree very well with the analytically derived results. We start by analyzing a simplified two-level-atom model, and we then analyze a three-level-atom model that should describe accurately the recently realized superconducting artificialatom laser.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023030
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2009


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