Quantum interferences in cooperative Dicke emission from spatial variation of the laser phase. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the generation of a new quantum interference effect in spontaneous emission from a resonantly driven system of two identical two-level atoms due to the spatial variation of the laser phase at the positions of the atoms. This interference affects significantly the spectral features of the emitted radiation and the quantum entanglement in the system. The interference leads to dynamic coupling of the populations and coherences in a basis, determined by the laser phase and represents a kind of vacuum mediated superexchange between the symmetric and antisymmetric states.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Das, S., Agarwal, G. S., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • Das, Sumanta||Agarwal, GS||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • October 2008