Interference between a fluorescent photon and a classical field : An example of nonclassical interference

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3006-3009
Journal / PublicationPhysical Review A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


Fluorescent photons emitted from an atom will interfere with a classical field only if the atom is not in a pure excited state. This is a strictly quantum-mechanical condition, which can be tested, in principle, by allowing the light emitted from an atom undergoing Rabi oscillations to interfere with the coherent pumping field. The theory of this process is discussed. © 1988 The American Physical Society.

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