# Source code for qutip.three_level_atom

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'''
This module provides functions that are useful for simulating the
three level atom with QuTiP. A three level atom (qutrit) has three states,
which are linked by dipole transitions so that 1 <-> 2 <-> 3.
Depending on there relative energies they are in the ladder, lambda or
vee configuration. The structure of the relevant operators is the same
for any of the three configurations::
Ladder: Lambda: Vee:
|two> |three>
-------|three> ------- -------
| / \ |one> /
| / \ ------- /
| / \ \ /
-------|two> / \ \ /
| / \ \ /
| / \ \ /
| / -------- \ /
-------|one> ------- |three> -------
|one> |two>
References
----------
The naming of qutip operators follows the convention in [1]_ .
.. [1] Shore, B. W., "The Theory of Coherent Atomic Excitation",
Wiley, 1990.
Notes
-----
Contributed by Markus Baden, Oct. 07, 2011
'''
__all__ = ['three_level_basis', 'three_level_ops']
from qutip.states import qutrit_basis
from numpy import array
[docs]def three_level_basis():
''' Basis states for a three level atom.
Returns
-------
states : array
`array` of three level atom basis vectors.
'''
# A three level atom has the same representation as a qutrit, i.e.
# three states
return qutrit_basis()
[docs]def three_level_ops():
''' Operators for a three level system (qutrit)
Returns
--------
ops : array
`array` of three level operators.
'''
one, two, three = qutrit_basis()
# Note that the three level operators are different
# from the qutrit operators. A three level atom only
# has transitions 1 <-> 2 <-> 3, so we define the
# operators seperately from the qutrit code
sig11 = one * one.dag()
sig22 = two * two.dag()
sig33 = three * three.dag()
sig12 = one * two.dag()
sig32 = three * two.dag()
return array([sig11, sig22, sig33, sig12, sig32], dtype=object)
```