Two-atom interaction in the dynamical operator treatment

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Abstract

The decay rate of an excited atom in the presence of a ground state atom is calculated using a dynamical operator approach. It is found that the rate is dependent on the interatomic distance in a manner exactly paralleling classical interacting dipoles. The present treatment in terms of dipole fields, rather than the usual Schrödinger photon-exchange picture, however, removed the difficulty in interpreting the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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