Dissipative Systems in Quantum Optics

Resonance Fluorescence, Optical Bistability, Superfluorescence

  • Rodolfo Bonifacio

Part of the Topics in Current Physics book series (TCPHY, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. J. D. Cresser, J. Häger, G. Leuchs, M. Rateike, H. Walther
    Pages 21-59
  3. R. Bonifacio, L. A. Lugiato
    Pages 61-92
  4. S. L. McCall, H. M. Gibbs
    Pages 93-109
  5. Q. H. F. Vrehen, H. M. Gibbs
    Pages 111-147
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 149-154

About this book


In studying the radiation-matter interaction, one can take two different approaches. The first is typical of spectroscopy: one considers the interaction between radi­ ation and a single atom, i. e. , one studies those phenomena in which the presence of other atoms is irrelevant. The other attitude consists, in contrast, in studying those phenomena which arise just from the simultaneous presence of many atoms. In fact, all the atoms interact with the same electromagnetic field; under suitable conditions, this situation creates strong atom-atom correlations, which in turn give rise to a cooperative behavior of the system as a whole. Cooperative means that the overall behavior is quite different from the superposition of the effects arising from single atoms and is completely unpredictable if one neglects the coup­ ling between the atoms induced by their common electromagnetic field. This book contains five complete and up-to-date contributions on the theory and experiments of three coherence effects in radiation-matter interaction: resonance fluorescences, optical bistability, and superfluorescence. They have raised in­ creasing interest in recent years from both a fundamental and an applicative view­ point. Even if their phenomenology appears completely different, these effects be­ long in the same book because they are striking examples of open systems driven far from thermal equilibrium, as those considered in Haken's synergetics and in Prigogine's theory of dissipative structures. This aspect is discussed in the in­ troducting chapter, in which we outline the basic physics and the essential features which unify these three effects.


Optische Bistabilität Resonanzfluoreszenz Superfluoreszenz optics quantum optics spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Rodolfo Bonifacio
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto Scienze Fisiche “Aldo Pontremoli”Universita degli Studi de MilanoMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81719-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81717-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0342-6793
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