Initiation of superfluorescence: Collective and noncollective emission
The collective interaction of atoms with light is a topic of fundamental interest. In particular, the phenomena of superradiance and superfluorescence have received much attention since Dicke published his original paper on the topic . Most work has focused either on the overall geometry dependent coupling between the atoms and the field to establish a preferred direction of emission, or it has assumed a preferred direction and then focused on the time evolution of the emission, often using a semiclassical approximation which neglects fluctuations in the atomic state (see references in ).
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