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Transient absorption by a Rydberg atom in a resonant cavity

Mark Mallalieu, Jonathan Parker, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. A 37, 4765 (1988).


A theoretical analysis is presented describing the interaction of the field in a high-Q microwave cavity with an atom that is suddenly excited to the lower of two Rydberg levels that are resonantly coupled by the field. It is found that the field initially in the cavity is canceled by interference with the source field emitted by the atom. The absorption may be characterized as a "darkness wave packet" emitted by the atom and reflected by the cavity walls.


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