Quantum optical ramsey fringes and complementarity Academic Article uri icon


  • An interferometer in which an atom traverses two identical micromaser cavities in succession is proposed. Depending on the preparation of the cavity fields, the probability for finding the atom in a definite final state displays Ramsey fringes or not. If the initial cavity fields are such that the state of the atom between the cavities can be determined, then the Ramsey fringes disappear, as is required by the principle of complementarity. 1992 Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Applied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Englert, B., Walther, H., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Englert, B-G||Walther, H||Scully, MO

publication date

  • May 1992