Atom-Light Interactions

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Abstract

The simplest case in which to consider the interaction between atoms and light is that of a two-level atom driven by a coherent optical field. This system has been exhaustively studied e.g. [1, 2], revealing a range of coherent effects such as Rabi oscillations [3] and trapping due to the optical dipole force [4, 5]. Typically, the excited state in the two-level system has a finite lifetime due to spontaneous emission back to the ground state. On one hand this decay is advantageous, as it allows atoms to be cooled by radiation pressure [6, 7, 8].

Keywords

Spontaneous Emission Probe Laser Electromagnetically Induce Transparency Rydberg State Rabi Oscillation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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