A Radial Wave Packet Schrödinger Cat State

  • Michael W. Noel
  • C. R. StroudJr.
Conference paper


The Schrödinger cat paradox has fascinated physicists since it was introduced in 1935.1 Recently this problem has been considered in the context of a superposition of macroscopically distinguishable coherent states.2 These cat-like states have been shown to display many interesting nonclassical features including interference and squeezing. However, the experimental generation and detection of such states have proven to be difficult.3,4 We present an experimental study of a cat-like state in the form of a radial wave packet excited in an atom.


Wave Packet Probe Pulse Rydberg State Exciting Laser Pulse Probe Laser Pulse 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Noel
    • 1
  • C. R. StroudJr.
  1. 1.The Institute of OpticsUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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