Atomic Structure and Atom-Light Interactions

  • Christopher G. WadeEmail author
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


All the work presented in this thesis was conducted using caesium vapour, and so we start by presenting an overview of caesium atomic structure and atom-light interactions. We discuss gross, fine and hyperfine structure, with specific reference to caesium, and use the master equation formalism to describe a 2-level atom interacting with a resonant electromagnetic field. We outline a method to infer spontaneous fluorescence into separate spatial modes using a decay operator. The theory presented in this chapter forms a foundation for interpreting the experimental results presented in the rest of the thesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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