Quantum theory of the competition between multiphoton ionization and third-harmonic generation Academic Article uri icon


  • A quantum-mechanical formulation for the generation of third-harmonic radiation in an atomic medium undergoing three-photon resonant multiphoton ionization is given. The generation of the third harmonic is treated as a cooperative emission and its pressure dependence is shown to be in agreement with experiments. The formulation is general enough to include both transient and steady-state phenomena and includes both traveling-wave and standing-wave cases. A comparison of the results of the present theory with those of Jackson and Wynne is given. 1984 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., & Tewari, S. P.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Tewari, Surya P

publication date

  • April 1984