Quantum trajectories for realistic detection.
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Quantum trajectories describe the stochastic evolution of an open quantum system conditioned on continuous monitoring of its output, such as, by an ideal photodetector. Here we derive (non-Markovian) quantum trajectories for realistic photodetection, including the effects of efficiency, dead time, bandwidth, electronic noise, and dark counts. We apply our theory to a realistic cavity QED scenario and investigate the impact of such detector imperfections on the conditional evolution of the system state. A practical theory of quantum trajectories with realistic detection will be essential for experimental and technological applications of quantum feedback in many areas.
Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
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