Interfering pathways for photon blockade in cavity QED with one and two qubits. (arXiv:1907.05997v1 [quant-ph])

We theoretically study the quantum interference induced photon blockade
phenomenon in atom cavity QED system, where the destructive interference
between two different transition pathways prohibits the two-photon excitation.
Here, we first explore the single atom cavity QED system via an atom or cavity
drive. We show that the cavity-driven case will lead to the quantum
interference induced photon blockade under a specific condition, but the atom
driven case can't result in such interference induced photon blockade. Then, we
investigate the two atoms case, and find that an additional transition pathway
appears in the atom-driven case. We show that this additional transition
pathway results in the quantum interference induced photon blockade only if the
atomic resonant frequency is different from the cavity mode frequency.
Moreover, in this case, the condition for realizing the interference induced
photon blockade is independent of the system's intrinsic parameters, which can
be used to generate antibunched photon source both in weak and strong coupling
regimes.

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