The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded Serge Haroche and David Wineland, concerns experimental investigations of light-matter or radiation-matter interaction for small (quantum) systems: ions in a harmonic trap and photons in a cavity.
There is a connection to the study of blackbody radiation on Computational Blackbody Radiation based on a mathematical model of the form W + R = E of radiation-matter interaction, including the following components:
- wave equation for matter (W)
- small radiative damping: outgoing radiation from matter (R)
- excitation from incoming radiation (E).
Of particular interest is the following information suggesting a connection to near-resonance:
- In most experiments performed by Haroche’s group, the atom and field have slightly different frequencies.
It remains to be seen if this idea is productive. Statistical quantum mechanics is troubled with unsolved riddles and it is not clear (to me at least) that deterministic finite-precision wave mechanics cannot model small systems.