Matter-field interaction in atomic physics and quantum optics. Academic Article uri icon


  • Almost forty years ago one of us (W.E.L.) noticed that within the analysis of experiments on the hydrogen fine structure the matter-field interaction was sensitive to the choice of gauge when decaying states were used. In the present paper this problem is resolved for the Bethe-Lamb equations in the context of the two-level model with Weisskopf-Wigner decay included. 1987 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A Gen Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Lamb, W. E., Schlicher, R. R., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 117

complete list of authors

  • Lamb, WE||Schlicher, RR||Scully, MO

publication date

  • September 1987