Collective atomic effects in resonance fluorescence Academic Article uri icon


  • We suggest that the statistical properties of the scattered radiation in resonance-fluorescence experiments may be affected significantly by the existence of atomic correlations. The scattered light spectrum from two- and three-atom collective systems has been calculated and compared with the one-atom spectrum. The differences are quite significant for weak fields, but become less pronounced as the intensity of the driving field is increased. In addition, we have calculated the scattered intensity correlation function for collectively interacting systems, and found that its behavior is very different from that of the single-atom intensity correlation function, both for weak and strong incident fields. The implications of our findings for the observation of photon antibunching are also discussed. 1977 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., Brown, A. C., Narducci, L. M., & Vetri, G.

citation count

  • 143

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Brown, AC||Narducci, LM||Vetri, G

publication date

  • April 1977