Many-Body Theory of Atom Optics

  • G. Lenz
  • P. Meystre
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 77)


We present a many-body theory for a system of N identical two-level atoms interacting with classical and quantum mechanical electromagnetic fields. We derive a master equation for the density operator. From that master equation we derive a BBGKY-hierarchy for the reduced density matrices, and show that the reduced one-particle density matrix contains a new term in the form of a complex potential.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Lenz
    • 1
  • P. Meystre
    • 1
  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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