Photon statistics in resonance fluorescence: results from an atomic-beam deflection experiment

M.D. Hoogerland, M.N.J.H. Wijnands, H.A.J. Senhorst, H.C.W. Beijerinck, K.A.H. Leeuwen, van

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    Abstract

    Photon-number statistics in resonance fluorescence is studied through the deflection of a beam of neon atoms in the metastable 3P2 state by radiation pressure. An analysis of the deflection profile leads to experimental values for the Mandel Q parameter as a function of laser intensity and detuning for different laser polarizations. The results confirm the predicted predominantly sub-Poissonian statistics. Good agreement is demonstrated with the results of a Monte Carlo calculation based on a pure-state analysis of resonance fluorescence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1559-1562
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume65
    Issue number13
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

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