Theory of Optical Free-Induction Decay and Two-Photon Superradiance Academic Article uri icon


  • The Stark-pulse technique of Brewer and Shoemaker allows one to observe phenomena such as optical free-induction decay, optical nutation, and two-photon superradiance. In this paper, we develop a theoretical treatment of these phenomena under the appropriate experimental conditions. The calculations of the free-induction decay and the corresponding optical nutation are shown to be in excellent agreement with experiment. We also discuss the two-photon superradiance phenomenon of Brewer and Shoemaker as a Raman effect appearing in first-order perturbation theory. The analysis illustrates the essential features of the experimental observation. 1973 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Hopf, F. A., Shea, R. F., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Hopf, Frederic A||Shea, Robert F||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • June 1973