Quantum-beat phenomena described by quantum electrodynamics and neoclassical theory
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We propose and analyze the use of quantum-beat phenomena to test neoclassical radiation theory (NCT) and quantum electrodynamics (QED). For a beam-foil type of experiment with atoms having one upper level and two closely spaced lower levels, all coherently excited, NCT predicts the presence of quantum beats in the emitted radiation; beats are not expected in QED. QED predicts beats when many atoms are present, in agreement with recent photon-echo experiments. An experiment to test NCT and QED is suggested. 1975 The American Physical Society.
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Chow, W. W., Scully, M. O., & Stoner, J. O.
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Chow, Weng W||Scully, Marlan O||Stoner, John O