Comparison between Incoherent and Chaotic Sources : Contribution to the Study of the Origin of Bunching Effect

  • Christine Bénard
Conference paper


We propose a theoretical model of an atomic source, which we call incoherent source. Such a source consists of a great number of independent two-level atoms, excited to their upper state by broadline excitation. It emits spontaneously an incoherent optical field. We compare this source with chaotic sources and show that those two types of sources cannot be identified. The differences in the properties of the two emitted fields are important enough to be observed experimentally.


Density Matrix Angular Correlation Emission Direction Atomic Source Symbol Element 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Bénard
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  1. 1.Université de ParisOrsayFrance

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