Quantum Optics pp 213-228 | Cite as

Resonance Fluorescence

  • D. F. Walls
  • G. J. Milburn
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In the present chapter we shall study resonance fluorescence from a two-level atom. It represents a classic problem in quantum optics as many of the quantum mechanical features we have discussed, for example, photon antibunching and squeezing are present in this system. This problem was considered as early as the 1930’s by E. Wigner and V. Weisskopf who treat the light scattering by perturbation techniques, including only elastic scattering. With the advent of the laser, higher incident intensities were possible, which gave rise to nonlinear interactions and inelastic scattering.


Master Equation Atomic Beam Rabi Frequency Total Fluorescent Intensity Optical Bloch Equation 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Walls
    • 1
  • G. J. Milburn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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