Collective Atom–Light Interactions in Dense Atomic Vapours

  • James Keaveney

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


The propagation of light in 'dense media' where dipole-dipole interactions play a role is a fundamental topic that was first studied in the work of Clausius, Mossotti, Lorenz and Lorentz in the latter half of the nineteenth century. However, until recently there remained some areas of controversy: for example, whereas the Lorentz model for a gas predicts a resonance shift, a discrete dipole model does not. This thesis makes the first combined measurement of both the Lorentz shift and the associated collective Lamb shift. This clear experimental result stimulated new theoretical work that has significantly advanced our understanding of light propagation in interacting media.


Atom-light Interaction Collective Atom-light Interactions Cooperative Atom-light Interactions Dipole-dipole Interaction Electric Susceptibility Fast and Slow Light Nano-cells Nanometric Vapor Cell Negative Group Index Optical Bloch Equations

Authors and affiliations

  • James Keaveney
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07099-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07100-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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